Richard H. Maney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Tampa, FL

Maney | Gordon Trial Lawyers
 | 101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-221-1366
Fax: 813-223-5920
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business (50%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (50%)
Attorney Profile

The senior partner at Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A., Richard H. Maney focuses his practice primarily on immigration and naturalization law. He is located in the firm's principal office in Tampa, Florida, although he has clients throughout the state and around the country. The services that Mr. Maney provides for individuals and businesses include family, nonimmigrant, investor, employment and student visas, deportation and removal defense, asylum applications, green cards, and citizenship petitions. He also represents plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death litigation arising out of incidents involving medical malpractice and defective products.

Majoring in marketing, Mr. Maney attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1972. Remaining in Gainesville, he obtained his legal education from the University of Florida College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1974. After graduation, Mr. Maney joined the Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office, where he was an assistant public defender in its felony division. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College, where he taught law courses. Admitted to practice in Florida, Mr. Maney is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys, Mr. Maney has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He is the author of several publications dealing with various aspects of immigration law, including student visas, amnesty, and investor and business visas. Mr. Maney has also been invited to deliver presentations on immigration law to several groups.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (50%): Naturalization & Citizenship

Immigration (50%): Naturalization & Citizenship

Focus Areas

Naturalization & Citizenship


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About Richard Maney

Admitted: 1975, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • Inclusion in the 1997 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Board Certified in Immigration and Naturality Law by the Florida Bar, 1990 - present
  • The numeric ratings range may coincide with the appropriate Certification Mark: AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) – AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence., AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2008
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Rated top lawyer by the Top Lawyers of Tampa Committee, Top Rated Lawyer, Top Lawyers of Tampa, 2014
  • Awarded "Who's Who in American Law" by Marquis, an honor the most experienced attorneys recieve., Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2011
  • The definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbel, 1997
  • Named among the Top 10% of America's Most Honored Professionals by the American Registry.
  • AV Rating 25 Years, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • Awarded "America's Most Honored Professionals Top 10%" by American Registry, distinguishing attorneys in the top 10% of the entire field., America's Most Honored Professionals Top 10%, American Registry, 2011
  • The numeric ratings range may coincide with the appropriate Certification Mark: AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) – AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence., AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1987

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Florida Bar License, Member in Good Standing. Updated 1/11/2016 , 1975
  • Board Certified in Immigration and Naturality Law by the Florida Bar, 1990

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, 1981
  • Society for Human Resource Management; Member, 1997
  • Tampa Bay International Trade Council; Chairman, 1982
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tax Law Section, Member, 1976
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2004
  • American Immigration Alliance, President, 2014 - present, 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association; Mentor, 1982
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1978
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mentor
  • Tampa Bay Toast Masters; President 2001-2002 Member 2000-present, 2000
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers; Member, 1979
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1975
  • Admitted before the Florida Supreme Court, 1975

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • American Immigrant Alliance; President A non-profit established in 2014 that increases awareness of immigrants in the Tampa Bay community. Donated 3,000 new books to migrant children in 2016. Created a photography exhibition that includes the photographs and biographies of over 80 immigrants. Free Citizenship and English classes taught three times a week in the Tampa Bay area., 2014
  • Chairman of Reading is Fundamental, Hillsborough County.  RIF is a reading motivational program for children ages 5 to 12.  The Hillsborough County program, through Community Action Project has provided over 1 million free books to local area children., 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Wrote and published the Treaty Investor Visa Guide, helping clarify complex immigration issues., Treaty Investor Visa Guide, 1989
  • Wrote the Student Visa Guide, a publication aimed at helping international students understand immigration law, Student Visa Guide, 1992
  • Wrote and published the "Amnesty Guide" to aid foreigners in immigrating to America, Amnesty Guide, 1987
  • Presented "Student to Green Card" at the University of South Florida for their law school prospects, Presenter, Student to Green Card, University of South Florida, 2015
  • Presented on topic of, "From Student to Resident" for the University of Tampa foreign student body, From Student to Resident, University of Tampa, 2014
  • Presented to Sterling Education Systems immigrant student body on the topic of, "Effective Immigration Compliance for Business", Effective Immigration Compliance for Business, Sterling Education Systems, 2013
  • At the Florida HR Conference 2011, presented on the topic of "Strategic Immigration Planning", Strategic Immigration Planning, Florida HR Conference 2011, 2011
  • HR Florida 2010 presentation on the topic of, "Immigration Alternatives", Immigration Alternatives, HR Florida 2010, 2010
  • Invited by the USF Civil Rights Conference to speak on "The Civil Right of Immigrants", The Civil Right of Immigrants, USF Civil Rights Conference, 2010
  • HR Tampa Annual Conference guest speaker on issue of "Immigration Strategies", Immigration Strategies, HR Tampa Annual Conference, 2009
  • HR Florida Annual Conference presenter, with topic entitled, "Strategic Immigration Planning", Strategic Immigration Planning, HR Florida Annual Conference, 2009
  • Presented topic of, "Immigration Alternatives & Strategies" at the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Immigration Alternatives & Strategies, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2008
  • Sterling Immigration Law Seminar presenter on topic of, "Competitive Advantages for Businesses", Competitive Advantages for Businesses, Sterling Immigration Law Seminar, 2005
  • Olive Garden Restaurants Private Presentation on "Immigration Solutions", Immigration Solutions, Olive Garden Restaurants Private Presentation, 2003
  • Darden Restaurants Private Presentation on topic of, "Increasing International Diversity", Increasing International Diversity, Darden Restaurants Private Presentation, 2002
  • Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education presenter on topic of, "Immigration Horizons", Immigration Horizons, Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, 2002
  • SHRM International Conference presenter on topic of, "Immigration Planning for HR", Immigration Planning for HR, SHRM International Conference, 2000
  • Published, Immigrant Story (2015)
  • Adjunct instructor for Hillsborough Community College
  • Contributed the article "Other Considerations in Immigration" to the Florida Bar CLE, Immigration Law and Practice in Florida., Other Considerations in Immigration, 1987
  • Wrote the United States Immigration Visa Guide, covering every base and topic on immigration law, United States Immigration Visa Guide, Immigration, 2008


  • Appeal Affirmed Description: An appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office on the issue of ability to pay where the corporate tax return showed a loss, but the company had been in business for 35 years., 2007
  • Appeal Affirmed Description: Oral argument before the Bureau of Immigration Appeals concerning lack of good moral character where French citizens did not file tax returns, but whose tax liabilities were satisfied by the US - France tax treaty., 2013

Representative Clients:

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL Team
  • Darden Gardens, including national representation for all Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants 

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida., 1972
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1975

Industry Groups

  • Hospitals
  • Investors
  • IT Companies
  • Universities
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Office Location for Richard H. Maney

101 East Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-221-1366

Fax: 813-223-5920

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Last Updated: 8/27/2019

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