Global Development, Trade Liberalization and the American Response
Charles Manatt, former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, discussed “Global Development, Trade Liberalization and the American Response” at the first Manatt-Phelps Lecture in Political Science on Oct. 24, 2002.
Charles T. Manatt
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.
Founder of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Over a storied 50-year career, Charles T. Manatt mastered the business of politics and the politics of business. He was known throughout legal, business, political and civic circles as a visionary leader.In addition to co-founding the prominent national law firm that bears his name, Manatt served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 1981 to 1985 and as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1999 to 2001, as well as on numerous corporate, educational and civic boards. He served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.
An attorney who earned his J.D. from George Washington University in 1962, Manatt was the founder of the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. The firm started out specializing in legal services for the banking community but today has grown to offer international legal and consulting services for a variety of industries in 10 locations, including California; New York; Washington, D.C.; Mexico; and Brazil.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP employs more than 350 attorneys and consultants and is ranked among the largest law firms in the country by The American Lawyer. Founded on a banking and financial services platform, the firm has grown to represent a sophisticated client base – including Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies – across a full range of practice areas and industry sectors.
Manatt served on the boards of the Mayo Foundation, the National Museum of American History, the Wesley Foundation, the National Legal Center for the Public Interest and the National Endowment for Democracy. In the business sector, he was the founding chair of First Los Angeles Bank, was elected chair of the California Bankers Association, served on the board of directors of FedEx Corp., and was a member of the board of directors of Oak Value Management, Inc.
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