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Michael E. Manely

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Manely Firm, P.C.

Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 770-421-0808
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Family Law (70%), International (20%), Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, German
Attorney Profile

As an attorney with The Manely Firm, P.C., Michael E. Manely represents clients in Marietta, Georgia, in matters of family law, including international family law, visitation and custody, divorce and child support. Fluent in both German and English, he is admitted to practice in the state of Georgia and is a well-renowned international family law lawyer who represents clients in many foreign jurisdictions.

Mr. Manely is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. A prolific writer, he regularly contributes to the firm’s blog and taught the Managing the Expat Experience class for Global Atlanta.

After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, Mr. Manely moved on to law school at Georgia State University College of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor. He is now a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the International Society of Family Law, the Marietta Business Association, the Cobb County Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.

An active member of his community, Mr. Manely volunteers with the State Bar of Georgia’s Pro Bono Project and received the Recognition for Outstanding Public Service award. He was also given the Cobb Legal Aid Pro Bono Award in 2009.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Family Law
  • 20%International
  • 10%Appellate
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Appeals

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Michael E. Manely

First Admitted: 1989, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.allfamilylaw.com/attorney/michael-e-manely/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Association, Organizer, Cobb County branch
  • State Bar of Georgia Pro-Bono Project, Recognition for Outstanding Public Service , 2007
  • Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Society, Past President

Verdicts/Settlements

  • RISHMAWY v. VergaraDist. Court, SD Georgia, 2021Civil Action No. 4:21-cv-35. United States District Court, S.D. Georgia, Savannah Division. February 17, 2021
  • Fly v. Kroger Co.432 SE 2d 664, 209 Ga. App. 75 – Ga: Court of Appeals, 1993
  • Credle v. East Bay Holding Co.440 SE 2d 20, 263 Ga. 907 – Ga: Supreme Court, 1994
  • Fowler v. PRUDENTIAL PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY214 Ga. App. 766, 449 SE 2d 157 – Ga: Court of Appeals, 1994
  • Bunn-Penn v. Southern Regional Medical Corp.488 SE 2d 747, 227 Ga. App. 291 – Ga: Court of Appeals, 1997
  • Furnes v. Reeves362 F. 3d 702 – Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2004
  • Selman v. Cobb County School Dist.390 F. Supp. 2d 1286 – Dist. Court, ND Georgia, 2005
  • Taylor v. Taylor646 SE 2d 238, 282 Ga. 113 – Ga: Supreme Court, 2007
  • LaFont v. Rouviere656 SE 2d 522, 283 Ga. 60 – Ga: Supreme Court, 2008
  • Hirst v. Tiberghien947 F. Supp. 2d 578 – Dist. Court, D. South Carolina, 2013
  • Chafin v. Chafin742 F. 3d 934 – Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2013
  • Chafin v. Chafin133 S. Ct. 1017, 568 US 165, 185 L. Ed. 2d 1 – Supreme Court, 2013
  • Burnett v. BurnettDist. Court, ED Tennessee, 2014No. 3:13-CV-492-HSM-HBG. United States District Court, E.D. Tennessee, Knoxville. March 6, 2014
  • Ivers v. IversGa: Court of Appeals, 2016NICOLE LYNETTE-ZERBEL IVERS, v. JOHN THOMAS IVERS. No. A17I0022. Court of Appeals of Georgia. September 22, 2016
  • Coursey v. Coursey787 SE 2d 199, 299 Ga. 203 – Ga: Supreme Court, 2016
  • Ballweg v. GEORGIA DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES785 SE 2d 47, 336 Ga. App. 372 – Ga: Court of Appeals, 2016
  • Patton v. VanterpoolGa: Court of Appeals, 2016A17I0005. Court of Appeals of Georgia. August 24, 2016
  • Doud v. DoudGa: Court of Appeals, 2017JENNIFER DOUD, v. CHAD DOUD. A17D0464. Court of Appeals of Georgia. June 13, 2017
  • VESELICA v. VESELICAGa: Court of Appeals, 2017A17A1295. Court of Appeals of Georgia. March 30, 2017
  • Leonard v. Lentz297 F. Supp. 3d 874 – Dist. Court, ND Iowa, 2017
  • Patton v. Vanterpool806 SE 2d 493, 302 Ga. 253 – Ga: Supreme Court, 2017
  • Leonard v. LentzDist. Court, ND Iowa, 2017No. 17-CV-3037-LRR. United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Central Division. October 12, 2017
  • Eubanks v. EubanksDist. Court, ED Louisiana, 2017Civil Action No. 17-1217. United States District Court, ED Louisiana. November 7, 2017
  • Eubanks v. EubanksDist. Court, ED Louisiana, 2017Civil Action No. 17-1217. United States District Court, ED Louisiana. October 17, 2017
  • Eubanks v. EubanksDist. Court, ED Louisiana, 2017Civil Action No. 17-1217. United States District Court, ED Louisiana. August 4, 2017
  • Eubanks v. EubanksDist. Court, ED Louisiana, 2017Civil Action No. 17-1217. United States District Court, ED Louisiana. July 31, 2017
  • Leonard v. Lentz288 F. Supp. 3d 945 – Dist. Court, ND Iowa, 2018
  • IN RE THE APPLICATION OF DONE v. PichardoDist. Court, ND Georgia, 2018Civil Action No. 1:18-CV-795-RWS. United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division. April 24, 2018
  • MOONGA v. MOONGADist. Court, ND Georgia, 2018Civil Action No. 1:17-CV-2136-TWT. United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division. August 23, 2018
  • Vanterpool v. PattonGa: Court of Appeals, 2018JOYCELYN VANTERPOOL v. DAVID PATTON. A19D0013. Court of Appeals of Georgia. August 15, 2018
  • Leonard v. LentzCourt of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2019No. 18-1341. United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Submitted: January 4, 2019. Filed: January 14, 2019
  • Payne v. Myatt832 SE 2d 663, 351 Ga. App. 678 – Ga: Court of Appeals, 2019
  • Vanterpool v. Patton835 SE 2d 407, 352 Ga. App. 584 – Ga: Court of Appeals, 2019
  • Rivera v Rivera; Hague Convention on Child Abduction case obtaining return of child to Costa Rica., 2018
  • Burnett v Burnett, Hague Convention on Child Abduction case obtaining return of children to Germany., 2013
  • Pichardo v Cabral, Hague Child Abduction case denying return of child to Venezuela., 2018
  • Oborn v Didberidze, Hague Convention International Child Abduction case obtaining return of child to the United States from the Republic of Georgia., 2018
  • Boone v Boone, return of child to Canada denied., 2017
  • Everitt v Everitt, Hague Convention International Child Abduction, secured return of child from Italy., 2016
  • Ezra v Ezra, Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, obtained return of child from Israel., 2015
  • Allen v Allen, resolution of International Divorce across three continents., 2017
  • Bartlett v Laville, obtained return of child abducted to St. Marteen., 2017
  • Walker v Walker, obtained release of children to return to Australia via an international divorce., 2016
  • Libertell v Chabalova, Hague Convention International Child Abduction, obtained return of child who had been abducted to Sweden to United States, 2016
  • Ivers v Ivers, International Divorce involving Qatar., 2016
  • Crews v Crews, prevented child's removal from United States to France., 2016
  • Rault v Rault, prevented child's return to France., 2015
  • Jensen v Jensen, secured return of children to Denmark., 2014
  • Pilt v Pilt, International Child Support, obtain child support for child and mother who live in Estonia., 2014

Educational Background

  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, Major: Philosophy, B.A.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Georgia, 1989
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Present
  • The American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Marietta Business Association, Member
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Member
  • State of Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Environmental Law Section, Member
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2021
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989

Honors/Awards

  • In the summer of 2015, Michael and Shelia Manely were honored with the dedication of a Georgia State's classroom on their behalf for their hard work and commitment, The Michael and Shelia Manely Classroom, Georgia State University, 2015
  • Cobb Legal Aid Pro Bono Award, 2009
  • American University Washington College of Law (May 2005), Mary Beth Tinker Award, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
  • Cobb Legal Aid Pro Bono Award, 2009
  • In April, Michael received the award for the great work he does as an alumnus because of his and his firm's dedication to promoting affordable rates with high-quality service, Serving Others and Achieving Results (SOAR) Award, GSU College of Law Student Public Interest Law Association, 2014
  • Attorney Michael Manely was appointed to a one-year renewable mentorship role through the Supreme Court of Georgia's Transition into Law Practice Program, Transition into Law Practice Program Mentor, Supreme Court of Georgia, 2017
  • Michael was awarded the nationally acclaimed, Mary Beth Tinker Award for his work in support of First Amendment Rights in the case of Selman vs. Cobb County School Board, a Federal case which forced the School Board to remove disclaimers from science textbooks which warned students against Evolution.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Lecture on International Family Law 2016. 2017, Savannah College of Law, 2018
  • Oh, Houston., The Manely Firm, P.C., 2017
  • Family Law: All In Good Time, The Manely Firm, P.C., 2017
  • Divorce: You Are Forgiven, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Family Law: Everyone Snaps, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Family Law: How's That Working For You? The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • International Family Law: Saving Lives and Making Law, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Terrorism and Domestic Violence , The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog , 2017
  • But, He's Gay! The Manely Firm, P.C., 2017
  • We Fight! The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Judge David Purvis! The Manely Firm, P.C., 2017
  • Family Law and the Hollywood Drama, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Good Will Toward Men, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • Divorce, A More Perfect Dis-Union, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2017
  • A New Year; A New You? The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • An Atlanta Divorce, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Dogs and Cats, the End Game, The Manely Firm, P.C., 2018
  • Power Rules the World (and Rules the Home), The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Turbo Charging Your Divorce Plans, The Manely Firm, P.C., 2018
  • From the Very First Minute, The Manely Firm, P.C., 2018
  • The Superlative Mr. Purivs, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Wind Chimes, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • So Tell Me What You Want (WHat you Really, Really Want), The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Emotional Intelligence, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Coming Home, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Evil People, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • What Are You? The Manely Firm, P.C., 2018
  • Who Are You? The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Helping the Other Side Win, The Manely Firm, P.C. 2018
  • "They took my baby!", The Manely Firm, P.C., 2018
  • "I need help!", The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2018
  • Diabolical Dabbling, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog
  • Custody: Heartbreak Hotel, The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2014
  • "Trial Practice: Pre-trial Orders are beautiful things", The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2015
  • "International Family Law: Dad who went the extra thousand miles" The Manely Firm, PC Blog, 2015
  • "The Supreme Court - Four Years Later", The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog, 2016
  • Presentation on International Child Custody Disputes, Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers (GABWA), 2016
  • The New Normal for the Delivery of Legal Services, Panel Presentation on the Entrepreneurs for Change, Public, Private and the Academy: Georgia, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, Convocation on Professionalism, 2016
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Office Location for Michael E. Manely


Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 770-421-0808

Last Updated: 12/9/2021

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