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Tina is a member of the firm and practices in the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability and ethics, securities and FINRA, and appellate advocacy. She has tried cases in state and federal court and in alternative dispute resolution forums, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Tina has written numerous appellate briefs on a wide range of issues and has argued before state and federal appellate courts.

Tina represents individuals and entities in disputes involving allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and business torts. She represents lawyers and law firms in cases involving allegations of legal malpractice. She represents government entities and individuals in cases involving constitutional issues. Tina’s experience also includes representing lawyers before the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and financial advisors before FINRA’s enforcement department.

Prior to joining the firm, Tina clerked for the Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice of South Carolina Supreme Court, and taught legal writing to first-year law students at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Tina grew up in Ladson, South Carolina, where she attended public schools and graduated from Stratford High School in 1992. Tina is married to Cory Manning, also a lawyer.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2003
  • College of Charleston, B.A. in English, Honors College Graduate, 1996
  • The Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court (2003-2005)
  • The Honorable Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (April-July 2010)
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Immediate Past Chair, Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section
    • Former Co-Chair, Cinderella Project
  • John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court
    • Former President
  • South Carolina Supreme Court’s Docket Management Task Force
  • Hutto v. S.C. Ret. Sys., 2016 WL 4208093 (S.C. 2016).  In this case, the Supreme Court of South Carolina affirmed dismissal of the complaint on the ground that the working retirees failed to state a claim for violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Watch the oral argument at
  • Pavilion Dev. Corp. v. Nexsen Pruet LLC, 2015 WL 4755645 (S.C. 2015). This case involved the novel question of whether a legal malpractice claim may be assigned to an adversary in litigation as part of the settlement of the case.  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that such assignments are void as against public policy.  Watch the oral argument at
  • Moore, Taylor & Thomas, P.A. v. Banks, 2015 WL 9080386 (S.C. Ct. App. 2015).  This case involved the question of whether an attorney owes a duty to a third party in a real estate closing.  The South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the case.
  • Hutto v. S.C. Ret. Sys., 773 F.3d 536 (4th Cir. 2014).  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the state retirement system is immune from suit in federal court under the Eleventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Listen to the oral argument at
  • State v. Sprinkle, 2014 WL 7339363 (S.C. Ct. App. 2014).  Handled by the firm pro bono, this was an appeal from convictions of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and battery, and armed robbery.  The case involved multiple issues, including a motion to suppress identification evidence, limitation of cross-examination in violation of the Confrontation Clause of the U.S. Constitution, and the failure to charge a lesser-included offense.
  • S.C. Dep’t of Soc. Servs. v. Joy J., 2013 WL 8507813 (S.C. Ct. App. 2013).  Handled by the firm pro bono, this was an appeal from an order terminating parental rights.
  • South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2016)
  • Columbia Regional Business Report “Women to Watch” Honoree (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Appellate Practice (2016-2018)
    • Commercial Litigation (2018)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”
    • Business Litigation (2016-2017)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Rising Star
    • Business Litigation (2012- 2014)
  • Leadership in Law, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2015)
  • 20 Under 40, The State Newspaper (2012)
  • Panelist, “Technology: New Frontier in Legal Malpractice?” Current Issues in Legal Malpractice, South Carolina Bar CLE, Columbia, South Carolina  (December 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Professional Liability in the Age of Social Media,” Meritas U.S./Canada Litigation and Labor & Employment Group Joint Fall Meeting (October 2017)
  • Panelist, “Appellate Practice in South Carolina,” South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, Columbia, South Carolina (September 2017)
  • Course Planner and Moderator, “The Art (and Science) of Advocacy,” South Carolina Bar Convention, Greenville, South Carolina (January 2017)
  • Author, “Arbitrating a Case in the FINRA Forum,” SC Lawyer (November 2016)
  • Panelist, “Brief Writing and Record Compiling from a Practitioner’s Perspective,” The South Carolina Lawyer’s Guide to Appellate Practice, South Carolina Bar CLE, Columbia, South Carolina (February 2016)
  • Contributing Author, Madam Chief Justice, The University of South Carolina Press, 2015
  • Presenter, “Ten Tips for Persuasive Legal Writing,” South Carolina Bar Convention, Kiawah Island, South Carolina (January 2014)
  • Panelist, “Discovery in the World of Social Media,” Hide and Seek: A Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical and Effective Discovery Practices, Sowell Gray CLE Series, Columbia, South Carolina (January 2014)
  • Panelist and Moderator, “Keep Calm and Appeal On: Appellate Practice in South Carolina,” Sowell Gray CLE Series, Columbia, South Carolina (January 2013)
  • Presenter, “Writing Matters: Simple Ways to Make Your Written Work Better,” South Carolina Bar Convention, Columbia, South Carolina (January 2012)
  • Moderator, “Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims,” Legal Ethics and Professional Liability: New Tactics for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners, Sowell Gray CLE Series, Columbia, South Carolina (January 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Who Can Stay and Who Must Go: The Tension Between Witness Sequestration and the Right of Crime Victims to Be Present,” 21 S.C. Law. 38 (March 2010)
  • Presenter, “Freedom of Information Act,” Government Law Section, South Carolina Bar, Columbia, South Carolina (June 2008)
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Helping Sistercare
  • College of Charleston Foundation Board
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism
    • Advisory Board
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
    • Former Chair and Member, Board of Directors
  • Shandon Neighborhood Council
    • Former President

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