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Matt Maniatis

Attorney Matt Maniatis


Nashville, TN



Matt Maniatis is a licensed attorney in Nashville, Tennessee and owner of Maniatis Law PLLC. He graduated in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor 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. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.

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 has travelled to over 20 countries, and lived in Malaysia as a temporary resident. He studied law at the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) in Austria while obtaining his juris doctorate. Matt has testified in Tennessee state court as an expert witness in immigration law, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and writes for the Tennessee Bar Association Immigration Law Section.

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2011
  • U.S. Immigration Court, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2019


  • 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

  • Mid-South Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017-2022
  • Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville, Expertise, 2016-2022
  • Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville, Three Best Rated, 2016-2022
  • Citizens' Academy Graduate, Tennesee Burea of Investigation, 2019
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney - Immigration Law, Thomson Reuters, 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal Defense, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Nashville, Expertise, 2019-2022
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney - Family Law, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  • Member of Board of Directors, Tennessee Latino Civil Rights Organization, 2015-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 2012 to Present


  • English
  • Spanish
2023 Member | American Immigration Lawyers Association
Expertise.com | Best Immigration Lawyers in Nashville | 2023
Lead Counsel Rated | LC
The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100
Rated by Super Lawyers
Justia 10.0 Lawyer Rating
Expertise.com | Best DUI Lawyers In Nashville | 2023
Federalcharges.com | Best Criminal Defense | 2021
BBB | Accredited Buiness | Rating : A+ | Since Nov 2021 As of 3/28/2023 Click for Profile | Rating : A+
Avvo | Clients' Choice Award 2022 | Matt Maniatis | 5 Stars
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Best Business of 2023 |5 Stars | ThreeBest Rated | Matt Maniatis- Maniatis Law PLLC | Excellence