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Michael E. Manely

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Marietta, GA

The Manely Firm, P.C.
211 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-421-0808
Fax: 770-421-0288
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Family Law, International, Appellate
Languages Spoken: English, German
  • Virtual Appointments
Attorney Profile

Michael has practiced divorce and family law for more than 30 years and has prevailed in thousands of family law cases. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and federal courts in the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. On December 5, 2012 he delivered oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States in Chafin v. Chafin, 133 S. Ct. 1017, 568 US 165, 185 L. Ed. 2d 1 - Supreme Court, 2013, securing a unanimous victory and establishing that parents who have a child removed from the United States have standing regarding their custodial interests. The decision has been cited over 950 times.   Michael is the only all family law attorney to win unanimous decisions from both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Georgia! Michael has built a reputation for winning difficult, controversial and high-profile cases. He has successfully represented thousands of mothers and fathers in state, federal and international divorce, custody and child support cases.

To date, Michael has added David Purvis as Partner, Dina Khismatulina as Managing Attorney, Atlanta, William King as Managing Attorney, Marietta, and Jess Lill as Managing Attorney, Savannah in addition to seven family law associates and twelve paralegals to his practice across five office locations throughout Georgia. He has expanded his personal caseload to handle predominantly international family law, particularly Hague Child Abduction and Retention cases, high asset divorce, complex custodial disputes and family law appeals. He serves as lead counsel on complex cases or at his clients' request, while lending his strategic guidance and legal insight to the casework of his team.

Michael has become one of the most sought-after international family law attorneys in Georgia, representing clients in federal court throughout the United States and in select foreign jurisdictions.  Michael has successfully resolved cases from every continent in the world, except Antarctica and served as an expert witness on international child abduction in court proceedings in the United States and Scotland. Michael coordinates with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Consuls General, foreign counsel and court systems in jurisdictions throughout the world in the resolution of his client’s cases.  A list of published and notable cases are referenced herein. 

Michael is sought after to present on family law, international family law and family law appeals having delivered remarks to The State Bar of Georgia, The State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section, The State Bar of Georgia’s Access to Justice Committee, The State Bar of Georgia’s Appellate Section, The Cobb Bar’s Young Professionals Section, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and Global Atlanta’s Consular Conversations.  He was recognized by American University with the Mary Beth Tinker Award in 2005 and the University of Denver’s Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System as a thought leader in the delivery of family law services in 2016, participating in the publication of The Family Law Bar Stewards of the System, Leaders of Change.

Michael's professional affiliations include the International Society of Family Law, the American Bar Association Family Law Section and International Section, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the State of Georgia Bar Association Family Law Section and the Cobb County Bar Association. He is an active member of Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Select’s International Business Council, sponsoring the Council’s 2021-22 events and activities.  He is an active partner with Global Atlanta in service and support of Georgia’s consulate community.  Michael has been selected as a 2022 Super Lawyer and was recognized as National Academy of Family Law Attorney’s 2022 Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award for excellence in the field of Family Law. Michael also often speaks to various legal communities on topics of interest, recently serving as a featured speaker in Family Law to the Latinx and Caribbean Law Student Association.

Michael was recognized by Cobb Life Magazine as one of 2021 and 2022’s Best of Cobb’s “Best Family Law Divorce Attorney” and “Best Overall Attorney.”

Michael is an active Alumni of Georgia State university. He is a past president of the GSU College of Law Alumni Association, a past president of the GSU College of Law Student Bar Association and sitting member of the Alumni Counsel.

Other Locations to Serve You:

 

211 Roswell St
Marietta, GA 30060  

148 S Clayton Street
Ste. B
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  

102 Mary Alice Park Road
Suite 602
Cumming, GA 30040  

75 14th Street NE
Suite 2300
Atlanta, GA 30309  

128 Habersham Street
Savannah, GA 31401

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/

Newsletters

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

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and won a unanimous victory for Chafin v. Chafin, 2012

Videos

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaking Engagement to Family Law to the Latinx and Caribbean Law Student Association, Founding Attorney, Speaking Engagement to Family Law to the Latinx and Caribbean Law Student Association, Legal, 2022
  • "Unexpected Consequences," The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog 2021, Founding Attorney, Unexpected Consequences, Blog, 2021
  • "Mental Health and Family Law," The Manely Firm, P.C. Blog 2020, Founding Attorney, Mental Health and Family Law, Blog, 2020
  • 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

Honors/Awards

  • Recognized by Cobb Life Magazine as Top Three Best of Cobb's "Best Overall Attorney", Top Three Best of Cobb's "Best Overall Attorney", Cobb Life Magazine, 2022
  • Recognized by Cobb Life Magazine as Top Three Best of Cobb's "Best Overall Attorney", Top Three Best of Cobb's "Best Overall Attorney", Cobb Life Magazine, 2021
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Comments

  • “By my count, 10% of last years's Family Law Rising Stars were or are attorneys that have been mentored by Michael Manely. He has a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision on an international custody issue and is easily one of the top International / Hague Abduction attorneys in the U.S.”
  • “The only all family law attorney with a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court victory, Michael is the premier international family law attorney in the United States.”
  • “Find me another family law attorney with a unanimous United States Supreme Court victory. Michael has a very truly unique practice that takes him all over the globe as one of the premier international family law attorneys. ”
  • “Michael is a family law maven. He has obtained a unanimous United States Supreme Court ruling in his client's favor. He is one of the top International Family Law attorneys in the nation and routinely is called to serve as co-counsel in other countries in cases implicating United States families. His abilities in a courtroom are unparalleled and his successes demonstrate that.”
  • “Michael is one of the preeminent family law attorneys in the country. He is one of the few who have argued before the United States Supreme Court and obtained a unanimous decision in his favor. He is incredibly intelligent, unparalleled in his skill in the courtroom, and has a calming ability with even the most distraught clients.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Michael E. Manely

211 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 770-421-0808

Fax: 770-421-0288

Last Updated: 6/24/2022

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