Michael Eric Manely

Michael Eric Manely

Attorney
Location:
Marietta, Georgia
Phone:
888-930-9165
770-464-5307
Email:

Michael has practiced divorce and family law for more than 26 years and has handled thousands of family law cases. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and federal courts in the Northern and Middle District of Georgia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. On December 5, 2012 he delivered oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States in Chafin v. Chafin, securing a unanimous victory. Michael is the only all family law attorney to win a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Georgia. Michael has built a progressive practice and 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.

In the last 10 years, Michael has added seven family law associates and six paralegals to his practice. Michael supervises his junior associates and consults with his senior associates. He remains lead counsel on cases of sufficient complexity or at his clients' request. He has expanded his personal caseload to increasingly handle international family law, particularly Hague Child Abduction and Retention cases, high asset divorce, complex custodial disputes and family law appeals. Michael has become one of the most sought-after international family law attorneys in Georgia and throughout the southeast, representing clients in neighboring states, foreign jurisdictions and before the United States Supreme Court. Michael has handled matters to successful resolution on all continents of the world, with the exception of Antarctica. With the help of his excellent staff, Michael coordinates with the State Department and has always found exceptional cooperating counsel and court systems in jurisdictions throughout the world.

Michael has successfully obtained the return of children from foreign lands throughout the world and successfully obtained the return of children abducted to or retained in the United States. He has traveled abroad to argue cases in foreign courts to obtain children's return.

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 organized the Cobb County branch of the Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Association. He is a past president of the GSU College of Law Alumni Association. He regularly writes and lectures on International Family Law and Hague Abduction and Retention under The International Child Abduction and Retention Act.

Areas of Practice

  • International Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Georgia, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D.
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

Honors and Awards

  • Gracepointe Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service (December 2016), 1988
  • GSU College of Law Named Classroom, Michael and Shelia Manely Classroom (June 2015)
  • GSU College of Law Student Public Interest Law Association Serving Others and Achieving Results (SOAR) Award (April 2014)
  • Cobb Legal Aid Pro Bono Award (2009)
  • Mary Beth Tinker Award, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, American University Washington College of Law (May 2005)
  • Georgia Mock Trial Champion, 1988
  • Georgia Mock Trial Champion, 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State of Georgia Bar Association, Family Law Section and Environmental Law Section, Member
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Member
  • Marietta Business Association, Member
  • Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Association, Organizer, Cobb County branch
  • Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Society, Past President
  • International Society of Family Law
  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • The American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Internation Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cobb Legal Aid Pro Bono Award
  • State Bar of Georgia Pro-Bono Project, Recognition for Outstanding Public Service

Languages

  • English (Primary)
  • German

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi