Manuel A. Cornell

Manuel A. Cornell



Manuel works hard and smart to help clients resolve complicated legal issues.
Manuel is an experienced trial associate helping clients, domestically and internationally, with legal disputes ranging from state and federal court, to arbitration, administrative proceedings, and even small claims court. Manuel’s diverse cultural and legal background present a unique service to Dorsey’s clients by providing a special perspective, in both English and Spanish. Manuel’s practice also focuses on dedicating time to providing pro bono publico and ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives are promoted and implemented within and outside of the firm.

Education & Admissions

Drake University Law School (J.D., 2018), With Honors

Simpson College (B.A., Marketing / International Management, 2011), cum laude


  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa


  • Spanish

Industries & Practices

  • Appellate
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Products Liability
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors for Orchard Place in Des Moines, Iowa
  • PILA (Association of Iowa Latinx Professionals) - Board of Advisors Member


Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021 Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020-2021

Diversity & Inclusion 50+ Hours 2021

  • Contributed more than 50+ Diversity hours, 2021
  • Dorsey & Whitney – Scales of Justice Team Award (Dr. Conaway Disability Rights Team), 2021
  • Named "Des Moines Ones to Watch" in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers®, 2021-2022
Manuel A. Cornell