Matt Maniatis

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Nashville, Tennessee
Matt Maniatis is a partner at Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, a Nashville, TN law firm assisting the community in the areas of immigration and naturalization, criminal defense, divorce, family law, probate, and civil litigation. Matt graduated in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminology. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree in 2011 from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Matt is licensed and admitted 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 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 and Tennessee Court of Appeals. Matt was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017 and 2018. Matt volunteers time with local pro bono legal clinics and U.S. citizenship initiatives, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), Nashville Bar Association (NBA), and Tennessee Bar Association (TBA).

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


  • 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 - 2018
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney, Thomson Reuters, 2017 - 2018

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
  • AILA Military Assistance Program, 2017 - Present
  • TN Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2018 - Present


  • English
  • Spanish