Jose Angel Manaiza Jr
3 min readSep 15, 2023




Rodney S. Diggs Recognized as a 2023 Daily Journal Top 100 Lawyer

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Rodney S. Diggs has once again been celebrated as the TOP ATTORNEY in the field of Law, a resounding testament to his enduring commitment to professionalism and unwavering integrity. Serving as a Partner at Ivie McNeil Wyatt Purcell & Diggs, the nation’s largest black-owned law firm, Mr. Diggs epitomizes excellence and community empowerment.

Rodney S. Diggs — Top Attorney

Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs stands as one of Southern California’s premier full-service law firms, dedicated to representing a diverse array of businesses, public entities, and individuals across a wide spectrum of litigation matters and transactions. With strategically located offices in Downtown Los Angeles, Leimert Park, Inland Empire, and the Bay Area, the firm has emerged as a trusted legal ally throughout the region. Notably, the attorneys at Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs actively engage in mentoring law students and contribute to alumni boards, reaffirming their commitment to advancing minority legal education.

Mr. Diggs boasts a distinguished career that spans over a decade, commencing as an associate attorney at Ivie, McNeil & Wyatt in 2010. His journey led him to ascend to the position of Partner/Director in 2016, and in 2019, he achieved the honor of becoming a named partner when the firm was rebranded to Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs. As a seasoned litigator with significant trial expertise in federal and state courts, he currently chairs the Labor and Employment and Civil Rights practice groups. In this capacity, Mr. Diggs provides strategic counsel and negotiation prowess to clients grappling with employment-related and police misconduct/wrongful death matters.
Among his remarkable achievements, Mr. Diggs has secured over $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. A standout accomplishment includes a groundbreaking $9.1 million verdict in a wrongful death case against the City of Long Beach, marking the city’s largest verdict and the second largest in the Central District of California for a wrongful death case. Furthermore, Mr. Diggs played a pivotal role as lead counsel in Reginald Mitchell v. California Department of Public Health, resulting in a published California Court of Appeal decision.

Mr. Diggs’ academic journey began with distinction at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he excelled in his undergraduate studies. Subsequently, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law. During his tenure at Howard, he held key leadership roles, including Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Chief Justice of Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, and Senior Staff Editor of the Human Rights and Globalization Law Review. He is admitted to practice before the State of California, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of the United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit).
In 2015, Mr. Diggs was selected as one of the 25 attorneys to join the American Board of Trial Advocates SideBar, a segment of the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA. Additionally, he serves as a Board of Directors member and officer for the John M. Langston Bar Association.

In recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments, Mr. Diggs has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. His accolades also include the honor of being a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2014–2020, recognition as a Top Attorney 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers from 2019–2020, inclusion in the Top 40 Under 40 lists by the National Bar Association and The National Black Lawyers, and acknowledgment as a Most Powerful Employment Lawyer by Law Dragon.
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Jose Angel Manaiza Jr

Known as The Tutor To The Stars from Malibu to Beverly Hills. Mr. Manaiza is knighted by the order of St John Russian Grand Priory (OSJ) in New York City.