Matt Maniatis

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Nashville, Tennessee
Matt Maniatis is a partner at Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, a Nashville, Tennessee law firm assisting the community in the areas of immigration and naturalization, criminal defense, divorce, family law, probate, and civil litigation. 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 went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree in 2011 from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with a certificate in international legal studies. 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, 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. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

While Matt practices in a wide variety of legal areas, his focus centers on helping clients obtain U.S. citizenship through naturalization, permanent residency, 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.

In 2016 Matt received certification as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediator. In 2017 he was selected as a Top 40 under 40 criminal defense attorney in Tennessee by The National Trial Lawyers. Matt was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Matt is a Lead Counsel rated attorney with Thomson Reuters in the areas of Immigration Law and Family Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Deportation and Removal Defense
  • Criminal Defense; Tennessee and Federal
  • DUI
  • Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
  • Divorce
  • Child Support and Child Custody
  • Estate Planning, Wills, and Probate
  • General Civil Litigation

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 - Present

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


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  • Spanish