AWARDS: Best and Worst of the Week — Superior Court Judge Mark H. Pierce and San Jose Attorney Jim McManis

By Robert Haugh

The Good — The Leg Drop Award:

Superior Court Judge Mark H. Pierce ruled in favor of Mayor Lisa Gillmor in a frivolous lawsuit filed by Santa Clara University law student and frontman Brian Exline. The judge granted an anti-SLAPP motion.

We like judges who understand anti-SLAPP motions.

The Bad — The Jabroni Award:

San Jose attorney Jim McManis represented Exline in the case. Local attorneys think he billed over $100,000 for the work. But McManis denies anyone but Exline paid for it. He even suggested to the Mercury News that he’ll eat his fees if he loses an appeal.  

“Everyone at the Capitol Club is still laughing about his quotes,” one local attorney told us.

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