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Matt Maniatis

Matt Maniatis

Maniatis Law PLLC
  • Immigration Law, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI ...
  • Tennessee
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Biography

Matt Maniatis is a licensed attorney in Nashville, Tennessee and owner of Maniatis Law PLLC assisting the community in the areas of immigration and naturalization, criminal defense, DUI, divorce, and family law. Matt attended the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, receiving his diploma in 2004. Matt graduated in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminology. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2011 from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with a certificate in international legal studies.

Matt has represented hundreds of clients in Tennessee state courts and in immigration courts across the mid-South. He has also briefed and argued cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, and Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Matt has extensive immigration-related appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.

While Matt practices in a wide variety of legal areas, his focus centers on helping clients obtain U.S. permanent residency, U.S. citizenship through naturalization, and other lawful status in the United States, as well as representing criminal defendants in need of experienced legal counsel with knowledge of complex U.S. immigration law.

Matt is a third generation Greek American whose interest in immigration law grew from his grandparents who immigrated from Greece after World War II, and from his time living in Malaysia as a temporary resident. Matt also studied law at the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) in Vienna, Austria while obtaining his Juris Doctor. Matt has testified in state court as an expert witness in immigration law, and also writes for the Tennessee Bar Association Immigration Law Section.

Education
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
J.D. (2011) | Law
International Legal Studies Certificate; Civil and Common Law Certificate; Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
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University of Oklahoma
B.A. (2008) | Criminology
Dean’s List, honor roll; Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honors Society
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Professional Experience
Attorney | Owner
Maniatis Law PLLC
- Current
Attorney | Partner
Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC
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Attorney | Owner
Law Office of Matt Maniatis
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Expanded Expedited Removal Temporarily Blocked
Tennessee Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
Can "No Trespassing" Signs Keep Out Police?
Tennessee Attorneys Memo
Do Non-Citizens have Constitutional Rights?
Tennessee Attorneys Memo
New Law Allows Permit-less Carry of Firearm after Order of Protection
Tennessee Attorneys Memo
ICE Raids: Know Your Rights
Nashville Legal Advocate
DUI in Tennessee: How much is too much?
Nashville Legal Advocate
What are Tennessee's Gun Laws?
Nashville Legal Advocate
What to do if the Police show up at your home
Nashville Legal Advocate
Speaking Engagements
Immigration Law Presentation, Hillsboro High School
Adjustment of Status and Naturalization, Immigration Law Informational Session, Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Information on USCIS DACA Program, Shelbyville, TN
Certifications
Notary Public
State of Tennessee
Awards
Best DUI Lawyers Nashville, TN of 2024
Forbes Advisor
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Tennessee
National Trial Lawyers
Best Immigration Law Firms in Nashville, TN
Legal Directorate
Best DUI Lawyers in Nashville
Expertise.com
2019-2023
AV Preeminent Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
2022
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2017-2023
Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville
Expertise
2022
Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville
Three Best Rated
2017-2023
Mid-South Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
Best Nashville Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Charges
Citizens' Academy Graduate
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Lead Counsel Rated - Immigration
LawInfo.com
Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
The National Trial Lawyers
Lead Counsel Rated - Family Law
LawInfo.com
Professional Associations
DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
Member
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Tennessee Associaton of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)
Member
- Current
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Nashville Bar Association
Member
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Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Volunteer Attorney
- Current
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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member
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Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Tennessee
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6th Circuit
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11th Circuit
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U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
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U.S. Immigration Courts
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards are accepted.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We provide interest-free financing options (payment plans) for most services.
Practice Areas
Immigration Law
Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
DUI & DWI
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Juvenile Law
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Naturalization
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges
  • Consular Visa Processing
  • Family-based Immigration
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can a green card holder apply for a green card for their spouse?
A: Yes. You can file a petition for your spouse, which is the first step in obtaining permanent residency. There will be a brief wait period after approval since you are not a U.S. citizen. If your spouse maintains lawful status in the United States during this entire time, then he or she may be eligible to apply for adjustment of status within the United States once the visa is available. Otherwise, your spouse would need to leave the country before his or her status expired and pursue consular processing of an immigrant visa.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Maniatis Law PLLC
Blog
Nashville Legal Blog
Contact & Map
Maniatis Law PLLC
211 Donelson Pike, Ste 204
Nashville, TN 37214
Telephone: (615) 366-1211
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 5pm, and Friday, 8am to 4pm. Available by phone 24/7 at (615) 366-1211