Elisabeth L. Manuel

Elisabeth L. Manuel

Elisabeth L. Manuel
Morin & Barkley LLP
455 Second Street, S.E., Suite 200
Post Office Box 240
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
E elmanuel@morinandbarkley.com
P 434.293.1207
F 434.293.2135


Ms. Manuel has a civil litigation practice with a focus on complex construction, insurance coverage, and commercial cases. In addition, she regularly provides advice on risk management, including contract drafting and negotiation, and counsels individuals and businesses in the construction industry as issues arise during the course of a project.



  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., with high honors, 1995
    • Member of The Order of the Coif
    • Member of The Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A., 1991
  • The University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, 2000


  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Gino L. DeVito, Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, 1995-1997


  • Virginia, 1997
  • Illinois, 1995


  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section Council, 2009-present
  • Blue Ridge Regional Advisory Committee
  • The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Board of Directors, 2009–2012
  • The Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Women Lawyers Section, 2010-2012


  • “Implied Contractual Indemnity in Virginia,” XXII J. of Civ. Litigation No. 3 (Fall 2010).
  • “Construction Law: The Basics and More,” Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, October 22, 2008.
  • “Litigating Insurance Coverage Disputes,” The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, May 8, 2008.
  • Chapter 20, “Insurance Coverage for Owners, General Contractors, Subcontractors, Architects and Engineers,” in Virginia Construction Law Deskbook (2008), Co-Author with James W. Barkley and Jessica H. Park.
  • “A Modern Application of Traditional Conflict of Law Rules,” XVII J. of Civ. Lit. No. 2 (Summer 2005), Co-Author with Laura Olariu.
  • “How to Try a $100,000 Case for Less than $100,000,” 25th Annual Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar, November 5, 2004.
  • “Toxic Mold Claims: Getting Started,” The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, May 17, 2002.
  • “Toxic Mold Claims: Getting Started,” XIV J. of Civ. Litigation No. 1 (Spring 2002), Co-Author with James W. Barkley.
  • Chapter 16, “Commercial General Liability Insurance,” in Virginia Insurance Law (2002), Co-Author with James W. Barkley, Alexander H. Slaughter, and H. Carter Redd.
  • “Why Commercial General Liability Policies Do Not Provide Coverage for Claims for Faulty Workmanship,” XII J. of Civ. Litigation No. 2 (Summer 2000), Co-Author with James W. Barkley.
  • “Mechanic’s Liens: The Essentials and More,” Central Virginia Subcontractors Association, April 11, 2000.