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Michael E. Manely

All family law. All around Georgia. All around the world. sm
Contact: 866.687.8561
Law School: Georgia State University College of Law - Geogia State University
Jurisdictions: Georgia
11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


About Michael E. Manely
Michael is the only all family law attorney to win unanimous decisions before both The Supreme Court of Georgia and The Supreme Court of Georgia. In addition, Michael has won before The Supreme Court of Costa Rica. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and federal courts in the Northern and Middle District of Georgia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. With over 25 years of experience, he has successfully represented thousands of family members in state, federal and international family law cases including divorce, custody, parental kidnapping, paternity, legitimation, grandparent rights, family adoption, child support cases and appeals. Michael has handled matters to successful resolution with parties on all continents of the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Michael coordinates with the State Department and Foreign Consulates and has identified exceptional cooperating counsel in jurisdictions throughout the world. In addition, Michael has been active at home to insure increased access to justice through the founding of The Manely Firm, PC's Justice Cafe. The Justice Cafe is a low-cost legal services center that trains and supports new lawyers in the provision of unbundled, limited scope legal services to otherwise unrepresented litigants.
Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Domestic Violence
  • International Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    • We accept all major credit cards.
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
11th Circuit 
U.S. Supreme Court 
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney, The Manely Firm, PC
Founded The Manely Firm, PC in 2003, focusing on the practice of all family law.
Senior Attorney, Michael E. Manely, Attorney at Law
General Practice of Law including Family Law, Business Law, Public Interest Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.
Associate Atttorney, McKenzie and Mcphail
Practiced Insurance Defense.
Georgia State University College of Law - Geogia State UniversityJ.D.
Georgia State UniversityB.A.
Professional Activities
Member American Bar Association 2012-Current
Details: Family Law and International Law Sections
Member Cobb County Bar Association 2003-Current
Details: Family Law Section Member. Presentation on Federal Family Law Appeals, International Family Law and US Supreme Court Unanimous Victory in Chafin v. Chafin to the Young Lawyers Division,
Member State Bar of Georgia 1989-Current
Details: Section Membership in Family Law and Environmental Law. Presented at Statewide Family Law Institute on International Family Law, Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and The US International Child Abduction Remedies Act in 2011.
Member International Society of Family Law 2009-2011
SOAR, Georgia State University College of Law Student Public Interest Law Association
My name is Cara Batenhorst and I am the president of the GSU College of Law's Public Interest Law Association (PILA). Each year we award one distinguished alum with the SOAR award. The SOAR award recognizes alums that are doing extraordinary work in the public interest. This year, the PILA board selected you out of a number of candidates as the recipient of the 2013 SOAR Award. Congratulations!
Law Week Key Note Address, Georgia State College of Law
Attorney Michael Manely (J.D. '89) kicks off the 2013 Law Week at Georgia State University College of Law on Monday, April 1. Manely will discuss his experiences arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Chafin v. Chafin. The Court ruled unanimously in his client's favor.
Mary Beth Tinker Award, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, American University Washington College of Law
Citing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the concept of separation of church and state, you fought successfully in federal court to have Cobb County, Georgia school officials remove from all biology textbooks stickers that described evolution as "a theory, not a fact" that "should be approached with an open mind."
Professional Associations
Member, International Society of Family Law
Organizer, Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Association
Activities: Cobb County Branch
Member, Marietta Business Association
Member, Cobb County Bar Association
Member, State of Georgia Bar Association
Activities: Family Law Section and Environmental Law Section


Website: The Manely Firm, P.C.
Blog: Family Law Blog


    Savannah, Georgia Office
    36 W. Broughton Street
    Suite 300
    Savannah, GA 31401
    Toll-Free: 866.687.8561
    Telephone: 912.232.6300
    Fax: 912.232.6338
    Lawrenceville, Georgia Office
    413 Constitution Boulevard
    Lawrenceville, GA 30046
    Toll-Free: 866.687.8561
    Telephone: 678.269.6541
    Fax: 770.421.0288
    Canton, Georgia Office
    250 East Main Street
    Suite 102S
    Canton, GA 30114
    Toll-Free: 866.687.8561
    Telephone: 678.269.6541
    Fax: 770.421.0288
    Atlanta Office
    121 MLK, Jr. Boulevard
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    Toll-Free: 866.687.8561
    Telephone: 678.269.6541
    Fax: 770.421.0288
    Marietta, Georgia Office
    211 Roswell Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Toll-Free: 866.687.8561
    Telephone: 770.421.0808
    Fax: 770.421.0288