Manuel Berrelez

Manuel Berrelez

Manuel is a seasoned business litigator whose practice focuses on contract disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, trade secret claims, securities litigation, class actions, and other business torts. He has particular knowledge representing financial institutions and their directors and officers during all phases of regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings.

Manuel frequently advises and defends current and former directors and officers of banks and holding companies that are facing threatened and actual regulatory actions, including matters involving fiduciary duty claims, allegations of unsafe and unsound practices, and violations of other federal and state banking laws. He has handled all aspects of investigations by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), including responding to subpoenas, drafting responses to 15-day letters, preparing and defending clients for depositions by regulatory enforcement attorneys, trying enforcement actions from the first chair to an Administrative Law Judge, and defending recommendded dismissals before final agency decision-makers.

After graduating from Yale University with honors in 2000, Manuel receiving his law degree from Yale Law School in 2005.  He next clerked for Judge Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before returning to Dallas to begin his career as a trial lawyer in 2006.  In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of EducateDallas, Manuel is a member of many professional, civic and charitable organizations, including: the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Dallas Bar Association; Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Dallas Hispanic Bar Association; Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation; Dallas Winds; Yale Alumni Schools Committee; Yale Club of Dallas; Yale Law School Association Executive Committee; and the Yale Latino Alumni Association.

Manuel is also a husband and father of two young children, and he is an avid supporter of the arts and education initiatives.  He serves as the Vice President of the board of the Dallas Winds and is a graduate of the Business Council for the Arts’ 2010-2011 Leadership Arts Class.  He also serves on the national Law School Scholarship Committee for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.