Manny Medrano

Manny Medrano

Emmy Award Winning Supreme Court / Legal Affairs Correspondent

Speaker Categories: U.S. Correspondent | Media | Diversity, Inclusion | Law Industry

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Emmy Award Winning Supreme Court / Legal Affairs Correspondent

Manny Medrano is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and experienced trial attorney. He represents and advises clients in a broad range of civil litigation and criminal investigations and trials.


Before founding Medrano & Carlton, Mr. Medrano was Of Counsel with the international firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, and an associate with Cox Castle & Nicholson, where he successfully conducted complex business litigation in state and federal courts, including government and commercial contracts, qui tam/whistleblower suits, employment law, construction defect and premises liability. He also focused on white collar defense and investigations, and is experienced in winning appeals in California state and federal appellate courts.


Mr. Medrano also served as a federal prosecutor for ten years in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he was a trial attorney and supervisor of several sections. He served as Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Section, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Complaints Unit. He tried 60 cases to verdict, never losing a jury trial. As a lead prosecutor he tried numerous precedent-setting cases, including the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico, for which he received the prestigious Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance. During Mr. Medrano’s decade as a federal prosecutor, he conducted lengthy grand jury investigations, and prosecuted cases involving complex financial crime and RICO, narcotics, government fraud and violent crime. He was recognized for his outstanding government service with numerous awards and commendations from federal investigative agencies, including the DEA, FBI, ATF, and IRS, among others.


A highly gifted and sought-after speaker, Mr. Medrano served as a Lecturer and Group Leader for the U.S. Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Program. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law School, Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law and Southwestern University School of Law, where he has taught Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Ethics and Negotiation. He has also taught as a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Law School’s nationally-recognized Trial Advocacy Workshop. Mr. Medrano has lectured at numerous training sessions for state and federal law enforcement officials around the country. He is a featured keynoter and panelist at bar and judicial association conferences on a wide range of legal and media topics. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County.


Mr. Medrano is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and is admitted to practice in federal and state courts throughout California, and the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has distinguished himself as an Emmy and Golden Mike award-winning reporter/anchor for KTLA News and KNBC News in Los Angeles, and is a former member of the prestigious ranks of the U.S. Supreme Court press corps, where he served as a Supreme Court/Legal Affairs correspondent for ABC News in Washington, D.C. Mr. Medrano appears regularly as a legal commentator on network and local television and radio programs, including ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, E! Entertainment and NPR. He has been profiled and quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Mr. Medrano is fluent in Spanish and active in numerous charities. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work benefiting the community from members of Congress and state legislators, as well as corporations, government agencies, non-profit entities and universities.

Conquering the Tough Times Ahead

Manny’s most personal keynote speech is a powerful presentation that resonates with audiences because it touches on the themes of personal obstacles and the irrepressible human spirit. Born into an impoverished immigrant household, Manny pulled himself out of a crime-ridden barrio to go on to graduate with honors from Harvard College and then Harvard Law School, culminating in two immensely successful careers. With humor and unflinching passion, Manny challenges listeners to conquer fear and self-doubt during these difficult and uncertain times. He inspires audience members to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and empowerment as a means to reach their personal and professional goals.

The Collapse of Traditional Journalism, and the Rise of New Social Media

America’s financial and auto industries are not the only ones in crisis. There is also massive upheaval taking place in journalism. Evening newscasts have been replaced by 24/7 internet journalism. Foreign bureaus are closing. Newspapers are shuttering operations as advertising revenue plummets. In this hard-hitting and sobering presentation, Manny examines the democratization of American journalism, where consumers are abandoning traditional mainstream media outlets in favor of bloggers and citizen journalists. But at what cost? The demise of traditional journalism has translated into more independent, but less aggressive newsgathering. With journalism at a dangerous tipping point, Manny discusses the future of news coverage and its impact on our society, and offers insights on how listeners can adapt to the dramatic changes occurring in the delivery of important news and information.

The High Court: A Supreme Controversy

A former member of the prestigious U.S. Supreme Court press corps, Manny is the only member in its long history to actually try a case heard before the Court. He discusses its inner-workings, as well as landmark, controversial decisions of the highest court in the land. He offers unique insights into the political “chess game” unfolding daily as President Trump's Supreme Court nominees are thrown into the public arena, and examines their potential legal and political impact on the high court and our society for decades to come.

Trial by Sound Byte: Law in the New Millennium

An experienced, award-winning trial attorney and television broadcast journalist, Manny provides a behind-the-scenes look at current and headline-grabbing legal stories. From notorious cases involving celebrities, to high profile political cases, to the controversy over cameras in the courtroom, Manny cuts through the legal jargon and focuses on the people, players and issues behind the headlines.

Five Things I Wish I’d Learned at Harvard Law School

A must-hear presentation for attorneys, judges and even non-lawyers, Manny shares insights and lessons learned from almost 30 years in the trenches as an award-winning trial attorney and TV broadcast journalist. While torts, contracts and constitutional law were among the required courses at Harvard Law School, they could not prepare Manny for many of the tough issues he confronted in professional life. Just some of these issues include reacting when a contract was placed on his life, consoling families of murder victims, dealing with the media in high profile cases, learning how to business develop or “rainmake,” and connecting with jurors to accomplish a 60-0 win record. Manny discusses these and other poignant lessons learned in the practice of law and throughout his journalism career that he now applies to all facets of his personal and professional endeavors.

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