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Leo E. Manuel

  • (228) 214-0427
Download Resume lmanuel@balch.com
  • University of Richmond School of Law
    J.D., 2005,

    cum laude; University of Richmond Law Review, Articles Editor

  • University of Richmond
    M.B.A., 2005
  • Louisiana State University
    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2001
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 2005
About Leo
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I have advised in the past and currently represent a wide range of corporate entities including electric, water, and sewer public utilities across the Southeast as well as small and mid-sized companies in industries such as seafood processing, gaming, construction, and maritime.  I have helped clients react to significant events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, and I have assisted in the development and execution of long-term goals such as merger and acquisitions or corporate succession planning.

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    My educational background in both engineering and business has been invaluable in delivering quality legal services to my clients.  I am confident my diverse background has helped me to address complex issues such as long-term service agreements for major equipment or detailed accounting problems presented in corporate disputes or public utility regulatory proceedings.

  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?
  • How are you involved in your community?

Select Matters

  • Mississippi Power Kemper County IGCC Project: Since the Project's inception in 2006, I have been involved in all legal aspects of the Project's development, approval, and construction. Major areas include: applying for and obtaining various financial incentives; applying for and obtaining all necessary approvals from federal and state regulatory bodies; litigating the validity of various approvals and permits in state and federal courts; regulatory prudence review and rate proceedings; and commercial litigation concerning the Project.
  • Utility rate cases: Represented electric, water, and sewer public utilities in several rate cases before state and federal utility regulatory bodies.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: Represented the purchaser of a multi-state water and sewer public utility requiring the completion of all necessary due diligence and transactional legal work to complete the asset purchase.
  • Commercial litigation: Successfully represented the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in litigation against its thirteen different property and casualty insurance providers to recovery over $180 million in property and business interruption damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Commercial litigation: Successfully dismissed a fraud case alleging damages of several million dollars related to the construction of a large industrial facility. (2017)
  • Corporate governance:  Represent third-generation family corporation to advise on corporate governance, corporate re-structuring, and leadership succession issues.


    Speaking Engagements


      • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 2005,

        cum laude; University of Richmond Law Review, Articles Editor

      • University of Richmond, M.B.A., 2005
      • Louisiana State University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2001
      • Supreme Court of Mississippi, 2005
      • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2005
      Bar Admissions
      • Mississippi, 2005
      Professional Affiliations
      • American Bar Association
      • Mississippi Bar Association
      • Energy Bar Association
      • Harrison County Bar Association
      • Harrison County Young Lawyers Association
      Awards & Accolades
      • Chambers USA, Energy & Natural Resources, Mississippi 
      • The Best Lawyers in America, Energy
      • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012 - present
      • Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Gulf Coast Class of 2011
      Community Involvement
      • Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, Board of Directors
      • Gulf Coast Carnival Association, Floor Committee
      • Leadership Gulf Coast, Class of 2010-2011
      • Mithras Carnival Association, Past President