Thomas J. McManus 212-732-9000

"We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage." - Teddy Roosevelt

Education & Awards + Recognition
Professional Associations
Selected Publications
Matters and Case Studies
Community Service
Thomas McManus, a firm member, joined Sullivan Papain in 2009 and is a highly effective and skillful trial lawyer. He has won six, seven-and eight-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, particularly in cases involving negligence on the part of government agencies.

Mr. McManus also works closely with fellow Sullivan Papain member Michael Block, general counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, to protect the interests of New York City’s firefighters on a daily basis. His work includes defending the UFA members’ rights on the job and representing firefighters injured in the line of duty. Mr. McManus is a forceful advocate on behalf of New York’s Bravest and is upholding a long tradition at Sullivan Papain of serving firefighters and their families.

Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Liability
  • Premises & General Liability
  • Uniformed Firefighters Association Counsel


American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2005
Boston College, B.A., 2002

Awards and Recognition

National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40

Professional Associations

New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York City Trial Lawyers Association
Brehon Society
Board of Governors of the NYC Trial Lawyers Alliance

Selected Matters

  • Works closely with Uniformed Firefighters Association on a daily basis and on firefighter injury cases.
  • Obtained a $28 million settlement for a worker who sustained severe traumatic brain injuries as a result of being struck by a Port Authority vehicle.
  • Won a $1.2 million verdict against the City of New York for a 68-year-old woman who tripped and fell on the sidewalk and sustained orthopedic injuries to her knee and wrist.
  • Settled a $1 million case for the pedestrian knockdown of a 59 year old man in which he suffered a fractured ankle requiring surgical intervention.
  • Won a $929,000 verdict against Con Edison for a 62-year-old woman who tripped and fell on a sidewalk grate and sustained a hip/femur fracture.
  • Won a $772,000 verdict for an intoxicated pedestrian who was struck by a bus and sustained fractures of her fingers that required surgery and a fractured tooth.
  • Settled a $725,000 case at trial for a client who suffered tears of the meniscus after separate slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents two years apart at different locations.

Community Service

HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services’ Board of Directors
Building Homes for Heroes
Hope for the Warriors
Uniformed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund


In his spare time, Mr. McManus enjoys playing tennis and softball.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2009


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York