Mark Manning is a partner in the Corporate Group and a leader of the firm as a member of its Executive Committee. He serves as a legal and business advisor in a broad set of specialties, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), growth capital, and intellectual property.

Mark regularly facilitates M&A deals across a wide variety of industry sectors on behalf of both buyers and sellers, which provides him with a deep understanding of what drives both sides of a deal and allows him to create practical solutions to issues that get deals done. Similarly, he negotiates growth capital financings on behalf of both emerging business and capital sources. Additionally, he helps clients commercialize their intellectual property, develop inbound and outbound licensing arrangements, and craft appropriate ownership and usage rights for jointly developed IP.

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J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1991

B.S., with distinction, Accounting and Finance, Clarkson University, 1988



honors & awards

Lawdragon 500 Leading Dealmaker (2024)

community involvement

Dedham Community Association

  • President
  • Chairman of Board of Directors


Boston Bar Association

Law Firm Alliance

  • Business Law Steering Committee

Clarkson University Board of Trustees

  • Trustee, Academic Mission Committee and Financial Affairs Committee

Clarkson University Alumni Association Boston Chapter

  • Past President

Woodstock Award Affinity Group

  • Past President

Clarkson University Alumni Council and Alumni National Executive Committee

  • Past Member


“The Market Is Hot – Is This the Right Time to Sell Your Business?,” Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, Spring 2014

“Make Mine a Double – Materiality Scrapes in M&A Transactions,” The ACG Boston Link, May 2013

“Flexibility in License Arrangements,” Burns & Levinson Intellectual Property Update, April 2005

“Ready to Meet That First Real Investor,” Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, Fall 2004

“M&A Term Sheets in a Changed Economy,” Burns & Levinson White Paper, Fall 2002

speaking engagements

“Getting Your Company Funded,” Moderator, New England Venture Summit, December 2023

“Mergers And Acquisitions,” Panelist, The CFO Leadership Council of Boston, February 2022

“The Future of Family Offices in the US & Canada,” Moderator, ACG Boston & ACG Canada, March 2021

“Negotiating the Deal,” Moderator, New England Venture Summit 2016, December 2016

“Fundable Deals: Making VCs Sit Up and Take Notice,” Moderator, New England Venture Summit 2015, December 2015

“Startup Challenges: Yes, the Odds are Against You,” Moderator, New England Venture Summit 2014, December 2014

“Innovation: U.S./Canada/French Connection – Investors Panel,” Moderator, 2011 NECBC Technology Conference, February 2011

“A Practical Guide to Organizing a Business,” Faculty Member, MCLE Program, November 2008