• Charles T. Manatt

    Founder and Partner


    George Washington University Law School , J.D., 1962.
    Board of Editors, George Washington Law Review.


    Iowa State University, B.S., 1958.
    Delta Sigma Rho, Phi Delta Phi.

    Bar Admissions


    Washington, D.C.

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    Ambassador Charles T. Manatt, founder and co-chairman of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, passed away on July 22, 2011, at the age of 75. Over a storied 50-year career, Mr. Manatt mastered the business of politics and the politics of business. He was known throughout legal, business, political and civic circles as a visionary leader. 

    In addition to co-founding the prominent national law firm that bears his name, Mr. Manatt served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 1981 to 1985 and as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1999 to 2001, as well as on numerous corporate, educational and civic boards. He served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992. Read more

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America.


    Memberships & Activities

    President, Council of American Ambassadors

    Director, Meridian International, Washington, DC

    Director, National Museum of American History

    Trustee, Center for the Study of the Presidency.

    Trustee, Wesley Foundation

    Trustee, Red Cloud Indian School

    Advisory Member, Paladin Capital Fund

    Member, American Bar Association.

    Member, Federal Bar Association.

    Member, District of Columbia Bar Association.

    Member, California State Bar Association.

    Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association.

    Member, Century City Bar Association.

    Member, San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

    Member, Board of Trustees, Grinnell College.

    Past Chairman, International Foundation for Election Systems.

    Past Chairman, Greater Washington Board of Trade’s International Business Council.

    Former Director, National Boy Scouts

    Former Trustee, Mayo Clinic Foundation

    Former Chairman of the Board, George Washington University

    Former Member, Board of Directors, Center for International Private Enterprise.

    Former Member, Board of Directors, the Fund for Democracy and Development.

    Former Member, Board of Trustees, Oak Value Fund.

    Former Chairman, Democratic National Committee.

    Co-Chairman, 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign.

    Former Chairman, California/Southern California Democratic Party.

    Former Chairman, Western States Conference Democratic Party.

    Former Chairman, National Finance Council of the Party.

    Former National Committeeman, California Democratic Party.

    Former President, California Bankers Association.

    Former Member, Government Relations Council.

    Former Member, American Bankers Association Council.

    Former Member, Board of Directors, GTE California (now Verizon).

    Former Member, Board of Directors, Federal Express.

    Former Member, Board of Directors, Comsat.

    Former Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Performing Arts Council.

    Former Chairman, Board of Counselors, University of Southern California School of Public Administration.

    Former Member, Board of Governors, UCLA Foundation.

    Former Member, Board of Governors, Iowa State University Foundation.

    Former Chairman, Board of Visitors, Duke University Public Policy School.

    Served in the U.S. Army, Quartermaster Corps JAG, 1958; and active duty, 1959-60. 

    Speaking Engagements