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Robert G. Manly



Managing Partner


Fargo, ND




Practice Areas:

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Meet Robert

Rob Manly is a litigation attorney with an active trial practice handling a wide variety of disputes throughout North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Rob’s areas of concentration include personal injury claims, trust and estate litigation, contract disputes, and agricultural-related litigation.

Rob has been with the law firm since 2001 and currently serves as the firm’s President. He gained substantial trial experience as a criminal prosecutor prior to joining the firm. During his time with Vogel, Rob has handled numerous trials and appeals to successful conclusions.

A native of New Rockford, North Dakota, Rob resides in Fargo with his wife Julie and three children. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of North Dakota School of Law. Rob is active in his community, serving on boards and volunteering with several local non-profit organizations. He has been on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of North Dakota since 1999. Rob also serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the State Bar Association of North Dakota Board of Governors.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Thomson Reuters, 2016 – 2023
  • “The Best Lawyers in America,” in Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Woodward/White, 2021, 2024
  • AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Leading North Dakota Commercial Litigation Attorney by Chambers USA

Representative/Published Cases


  • Criminal Procedure- Evidence: Defining the Exclusionary Rule in the Information Age, 72 North Dakota Law Review, Vol. 1, 1996


  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Legal Services of North Dakota, 1999 – Present
  • Board of Governors, State Bar Association of North Dakota (2020 – Present)
  • Board of Directors, Spartan Youth Basketball Association, 2009 – 2018
  • Board of Directors, Fargo North Spartan Booster Club (2020 – Present)
  • Fargo North Baseball Board (2016 – Present)
  • Volunteer, Legacy Children’s Foundation
  • Mentor, North Dakota Lawyer Assistance Program, 2017 – Present

Admitted to Practice

  • North Dakota, 1997
  • Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2005
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