Matt Maniatis

Matt Maniatis

Maniatis Law PLLC
  • Immigration Law, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI ...
  • Tennessee
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Matt Maniatis is a licensed attorney in Nashville, Tennessee assisting the community in the areas of immigration and naturalization, criminal defense, DUI, divorce, family law, and estate planning. 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.

Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. (2011) | Law
Honors: Certificate in International Legal Studies; Certificate in Civil and Common Law
Activities: Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
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University of Oklahoma
B.A. (2008) | Criminology
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Professional Experience
Attorney | Owner
Maniatis Law PLLC
- Current
Attorney | Partner
Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC
Attorney | Owner
Law Office of Matt Maniatis
Articles & Publications
Nashville Legal Blog
Maniatis Law PLLC
Expanded Expedited Removal Temporarily Blocked
Tennessee Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
Do Non-Citizens have Constitutional Rights?
Tennessee Attorneys Memo
Can "No Trespassing" Signs Keep Out Police?
Tennessee Attorneys Memo
New Law Allows Permit-less Carry of Firearm after Order of Protection
Tennessee Attorneys Memo
Speaking Engagements
Immigration Law Presentation, Hillsboro High School
Information on USCIS DACA Program, Shelbyville, TN
Adjustment of Status and Naturalization, Immigration Law Informational Session, Nashville, TN
Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)
Notary Public
State of Tennessee
License to Practice Law
Supreme Court of Tennessee
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Tennessee
National Trial Lawyers
Best Immigration Law Firm in Nashville, TN
Legal Directorate
Mid-South Rising Star
Super Lawyers
AV Preeminent Rating
Client's Choice Award
Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville
Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville
Three Best Rated
Best Nashville Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Charges
Citizens' Academy Graduate
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Best DUI Lawyers in Nashville
Lead Counsel Rated - Immigration
Thomson Reuters
Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense
The National Trial Lawyers
Lead Counsel Rated - Family Law
Thomson Reuters
Member of Board of Directors
Tennessee Latino Civil Rights Organization (Telcro)
Professional Associations
DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
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Tennessee Associaton of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL)
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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
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Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth 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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Practice Areas
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, 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
  • Deportation Defense
  • Naturalization
  • Asylum
  • Immigration Appeals
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges
  • Consular Visa Processing
  • 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
Maniatis Law PLLC
Nashville Legal Blog
Contact & Map
Maniatis Law PLLC
211 Donelson Pike
Ste 204
Nashville, TN 37214
Telephone: (615) 366-1211
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)