Schiller & Hamilton - August 2019

MAKING PERRY MASON PROUD

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK

David Manzi Explains What Has Motivated His 30-Year Career

G rowing up watching Perry Mason free innocent people from prison planted the seed for my law career, despite the fact that I’ve never represented defendants or went into criminal law. Instead, I’ve devoted my nearly 30-year career to helping plaintiffs when negligence leaves them injured. In 1983, my wife, Patricia, and I moved to San Diego. I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1990, and I practiced law in California until 1997, when we moved to

amputated when a needle was placed incorrectly in her arm at the hospital’s intensive care unit. I fought for an amazing woman who was seeking compensation after a tumor in her breast went undiagnosed by her radiologist for far too long. I even helped the family of a 6-year-old boy who sadly passed away after the emergency room failed to identify the obvious signs and symptoms of this boy’s illness. The next day, he died in his mother’s arms on the way to the hospital, and while no amount of money can erase that trauma and pain, that family deserved support during one of the darkest moments in their lives. That’s why I do what I do every day. Sometimes it’s not about the outcome or winning the case; it’s about helping people find closure when the trust they put in others fails. Even if I cannot take on the case or I don’t think there is one to be had, I hope my expertise helps people find closure. In addition to my work with Schiller & Hamilton, I feel a personal dedication to educating the larger community about their rights and the law. I work with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where I have presented four times on the Constitution. I feel compelled to share my expertise outside of the courtroom, and OLLI offers the perfect arena for me to do so. My devotion is also extended to my wife of 39 years, our loving daughter and her two children, ages 9 and 13, and our rescue golden retriever, Ellie, who turned 10 years old in June. When I’m not in the courtroom, there’s a good chance I’m cheering on my grandkids at their tennis events or golfing at one of Beaufort’s beautiful courses. Looking back, I may not have become Perry Mason or fought for falsely accused clients, but I can’t help but think that my childhood self would be proud of who I have become. I spend my days offering peace of mind and fighting for those who have been neglected. I like to think Mr. Mason would be proud, too. –David Manzi SCHILLERHAMILTON.COM 1

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Charlotte. The California lifestyle was starting to wear on us, and we knew it was time to move. But having lived in San Diego, where sunny 75-degree days were the norm, I drew an invisible “no-cross” line through the middle of the U.S. I refused to go back north. So, we landed in North Carolina. Having completed the North Carolina Bar Exam a year prior, I began practicing in our new home.

In the mid-2000s, I was considering practicing in South Carolina, so I

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became licensed in that state, too. Meanwhile, we had bought another property near the Beaufort area. About five years ago, I met Bennett Schiller, and ultimately, we discovered the perfect setup. I was licensed to practice in both South and North Carolina, and I lived between Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm’s Rock Hill and Beaufort offices. Coupled with my decades of personal injury law experience, I knew I was a good fit for the firm, and I’ve been with Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm ever since. Today, I primarily handle any cases that Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm picks up in North Carolina, and I manage the medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits in South Carolina. It’s emotional, hard work, but it’s a career I feel dedicated to.

I once helped a little girl and her family receive compensation after her arm had to be

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