Tom Manges was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from South Side High School, Hanover College (1989), and Indiana University (Robert H. McKinney) School of Law (1992). He joined Roby & Hood Law Firm, and in 2005, became a named partner resulting in Roby Hood & Manges. This firm, now known as“Manges Law Firm”, only represents people injured or killed through the fault of others. This includes people harmed by vehicles,falls, defective products, in hospitals, in nursing homes, by doctors, by animals, and at construction sites, among others.
Tom is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, as well as the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals. Tom is a member of the Benjamin Harrison American Inn of Court (President 2018-19), Allen County Bar Association (ACBA), the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Tom has served on the Board of Directors for the ITLA since 1994. Tom has been named an Indiana “Super Lawyer” since 2009.
Tom has written for and spoken at many continuing legal education events. A partial list of those articles and lectures includes:
“When Experts Drift Out of Their Lanes”, ICLEF: THE CARE AND FEEDING OF EXPERTS (2019);
“Game of Liens (a Song of Cash and Greed)”, ITLA AUTO LITIGATION A to Z (2017);
“For a Few Dollars More: Hospital Liens and Other Dirty Tricks,” ITLA seminar (2016);
“Indiana’s Hospital Lien Statute Applies to Medicaid,” Verdict Magazine (2015);
“UM/UIM Equal to Liability Limit Still Mandatory Without a Proper Rejection,” Verdict Magazine (2015);
“How and where do you find an expert,” Inns of Court Fort Wayne (2015);
“Qualification and admissibility of expert testimony under Indiana law,” Inns of Court Fort Wayne (2015);
“Using a Kornelik Motion to Reduce a Worker’s Compensation Lien,” Verdict Magazine (2014);
ACBA: Hot Topics in Indiana Law 2013 (“What You Need to Know About Subrogation” and “Recent Noteworthy Indiana Tort Decisions”);
ACBA Probate Trust & Tax Seminar 2013 “Wrongful Death: Fees and Tips”;
“What You Need to Know About Hospital Liens”, ITLA seminar (2011);
“Getting the Best Health Plan Subrogation Deal: Is the “ERISA” Plan ‘Governmental’ or Not?,” Verdict Magazine (2011);
“Proving Lost Time of a Professional,” Verdict Magazine (2011);
“Hiring and working with medical experts,” ICLEF Seminar (2010);
“Using Summary Judgment to Defeat a Claim that the Plaintiff Failed to Keep a Proper Lookout,” Verdict Magazine co-author (2008);
“Subrogation claims: a practical guide,” Verdict Magazine (2008);
“Motions in limine and Pre-Trial Evidentiary Issues,” ITLA Seminar (2008);
“Preparing your client to be deposed,” ITLA Seminar (2007);
“10 Subrogation Issues that Drive Me Crazy,” ITLA Seminar (2008);
“Subrogation Liens: Practical Tips,” ACBA Seminar (2007);
“Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Admission Agreements,” Inns of Court Fort Wayne (2006);
"One Client With Two Wrecks? Make a ‘Concurrent Cause’ Claim,” ITLA Institute (2006).
Personal Injury Is Our Only Business
The Firm is dedicated to the core principle that the right to civil trial by jury under the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is as vital as any other civil right.
Dan Roby and G. Stanley “Stan” Hood each started practicing law in 1966 in Fort Wayne. Long before most lawyers ever thought to focus on one type of law, they were among the first to begin restricting their work to injury cases. In 1983, these long time friends became law partners, forming “Roby & Hood Law Firm,” believed to be the first firm in the Fort Wayne region to make personal injury its “only business.”
Throughout the life of the Firm, Dan, Stan, and their associate attorneys, were actively involved in the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), the group at the forefront of the battle to protect the rights of injured people. Speaking, writing scholarly articles, and even lobbying the Indiana Statehouse have been just as central to the Firm’s identity as representing clients in court.
After clerking for the Firm in 1991, Tom Manges joined Dan and Stan after graduation from law school, and has worked nowhere else as a lawyer since. He became a partner in 1997. The Firm’s name changed to “Roby & Manges Law Firm” in 2005, but the commitment to helping people injured due to the fault of others has not changed. Manges Law Firm is committed to educating other lawyers, judges, and members of the general public, about personal injury law. The Firm believes that the right to civil trial by jury under the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is as vital as any other civil right. The Firm is dedicated to this core principle, which is why “Personal Injury Is Our Only Business”.
G. Stanley Hood
Retired From Firm
Daniel A. Roby
DANIEL A. ROBY graduated from Indiana University with honors in 1963. He received his law degree from Indiana School of Law in 1966 and has been in private practice specializing in claimant’s civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and medical malpractice. He is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. His memberships include the Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations, as well as the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association since 1980 and as their President in 1993. He received the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 1986 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Indiana’s Super Lawyers.
G. STANLEY HOOD received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University. In 1966, he graduated from IU McKINNEY School of Law in Indianapolis where he was a member of the Law Journal. He served as Allen County Public Defender, Associate City Attorney, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. He served as legal counsel for the City Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Fort Wayne Education Association, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and the Allen County Public Library. With his college fraternity brother, Dan Roby, he founded the law firm of Roby & Hood (now Roby & Manges) specializing in plaintiffs’ personal injury cases and medical negligence. He is married to Ruth and has three children and four grandchildren.