Matt Maniatis

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Nashville, Tennessee

Matt Maniatis is a partner at the law office of Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC in Nashville, TN. He handles cases involving immigration, criminal defense, family law, estate planning, and general civil matters. Matt is licensed to practice in all Tennessee state courts, all U.S. immigration courts, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Matt is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediator.

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 certificates in International Legal Studies, Civil Law and Common Law, as well as recognition for service in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice.

Matt is a volunteer lawyer for domestic abuse victims referred by the Legal Aid Society. He also provides pro bono service to local legal clinics and U.S. citizenship initiatives. Matt serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Latino Civil Rights Organization (TeLCRO), a nonprofit dedicated to providing legal representation to victims of unlawful discrimination.

Matt was selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 Mid-South Rising Stars list, as well as the 2017 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for criminal defense lawyers in Tennessee. Matt is a Lead Counsel rated attorney with Thomson Reuters. Expertise named Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC one of the "Best DUI Lawyers in Nashville." The firm was also selected as one of the "3 Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville" by ThreeBestRated.

Professional memberships include the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Nashville Bar Association (NBA), Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL).

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Deportation and Removal Defense
  • Criminal Defense; Tennessee and Federal
  • DUI
  • Divorce
  • Child Support and Child Custody
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Adoption
  • Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
  • Estate Planning and Wills
  • Breach of Contract/Civil Cases

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2016
  • Immigration and Naturalization Appeals, 2012


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 2011
    • Honors: Certificate in International Legal Studies
    • Honors: Certificate in Civil Law and Common Law
    • Honors: Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, Immigration Division
  • University of Oklahoma
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: Dean’s List honor roll
    • Honors: Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honors Society, Member
    • Major: Criminology

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Mid-South Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney, Thomson Reuters, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nashville Bar Association, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association , Member, 2011 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member, 2012 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), Member, 2012 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 2012 - Present
  • Casa Azafran Legal Aid Clinic, 2012 - Present
  • AILA Military Assistance Program, 2017 - Present


  • English
  • Spanish