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Our Divorce and Family Law Team | The Manely Firm, P.C.

To achieve the most favorable legal outcome in your divorce, custody arrangement or another family law matter, it is critical to consult with an attorney who is deeply knowledgeable of the laws surrounding your issue. At The Manely Firm, P.C., our attorneys focus their attention solely on family law.

"When your or your family's welfare is at stake, you want an attorney with a reputation for winning. The worst settlement you can make is to settle for an attorney without a winning track record." — Michael E. Manely

As well-respected Georgia legal advocates, our attorneys and legal professionals offer years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the local and international family law legal systems. We combine highly experienced family law attorneys and paralegals trained exclusively in family law to deliver superior legal services at a firm-wide average billable rate under $200 an hour. (Average billable rate is calculated firm-wide and may be lower or higher for any particular case.)

Michael Manely, Founding Attorney

ManelyMichael is the only all family law attorney to win unanimous decisions before both The United States Supreme Court and The Supreme Court of Georgia. In addition, Michael has won before The Supreme Court of Costa Rica. 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. With over 25 years of experience, he has successfully represented thousands of family members in state, federal and international family law cases including divorce, custody, parental kidnapping, paternity, legitimation, grandparent rights, family adoption, and child support cases.

Michael has handled matters to successful resolution with parties on all continents of the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Michael coordinates with the State Department and Foreign Consulates and has identified exceptional cooperating counsel in jurisdictions throughout the world.

In addition, Michael has been active at home to insure increased access to justice through the founding of The Manely Firm, PCs Justice Cafe. The Justice Cafe is a low-cost legal services center that trains and supports new lawyers in the provision of unbundled, limited scope legal services to otherwise unrepresented litigants.

Michael received his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law in 1989. There he served as Student Bar President and as President of The GSU College of Law Alumni Counsel.

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Shelia Manely, J.D., Senior Business Manager


SheliaShelia received her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University and earned a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies and a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Kentucky University, graduating with honors. Before joining Michael at The Manely Firm in 2003, Shelia served as the assistant director of National School Enhancement and Reform for Nova Southeastern University, Executive Director of the Georgia School Council Institute, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation, Assistant to the Regional Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, a Presidential Management Intern (now Presidential Management Fellow's Program), and Federal Grant Administrator at Eastern Kentucky University. Since joining The Manely Firm, P.C., in 2003, Shelia has partnered with Michael in leading the firm's growth from two employees and one office to thirty employees, six offices and recognition as one of Georgia's premier family law firms. Shelia is also Michael Manely's wife.

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David Purvis, Savannah

David PurvisDavid is a double alumnus from Georgia State University. He graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in History and graduated from the College of Law in 2010. While in law school, David was President of the Student Bar Association and was on the Moot Court board. David is an adjunct professor of family law at Savannah Law School.

Prior to joining the Manely Firm, David had his own practice in Savannah and also previously worked for Breakfield & Associates in Gainesville, Georgia where he had a general practice which included family law, divorce, custody and visitation, child support, and adoption.

David is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and the Northern District Court of Georgia.

David lives in Savannah with his wife, their cat Gatsby, and their dog Buster. They enjoy going to the beach and exploring historic Savannah. David is an avid sports fan.

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Dina Khismatulina

Dina Khismatulina

A native of Siberia, Russia, Dina Khismatulina is an LLM graduate of Emory University School of Law. She earned her first law degree in 1999 from Tomsk State University, one of the top law schools in Russia. After graduation, she worked as an in-house counsel for an Internet mass media company in Siberia. From 1999 to 2002 she worked as in-house counsel for one of the subsidiaries of Gazprom JSC, the top natural gas producer in Russia and one of the largest companies in the world, where she focused on contract, corporate, and antitrust matters.

Prior to moving to the U.S., she also worked in Moscow, handing civil litigation and bankruptcy cases. After moving to Atlanta in 2003, she worked as a paralegal concentrating on personal injury, immigration, civil litigation, and family law. Dina became a U.S. Citizen in 2008, and in 2013 she graduated from Emory University School of Law with an LLM degree. While at Emory, Dina was an active member of both the Student Body Association and International Law Society. She joined The Manely Firm in November 2014 after successfully passing the Bar.

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Jennifer Thuy-Tien McCall

Jennifer Thuy-Tien McCallJennifer Thuy-Tien McCall graduated from Georgia State University College of Law with pro bono honors. While in law school, she served all three years on the Student Bar Association, culminating in her service as the law school’s Student Bar President in her final year. She delivered the student commencement address alongside guest speaker Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The National Association of Women Lawyers awarded Jennifer the 2013 Outstanding Law Student of the Year award for Georgia State University. Her classmates elected her Miss GSU Law. While in law school, Jennifer was a member of Moot Court, Public Interest Law Association, Asian American Law Students Association, Association of Women Lawyers, Christian Legal Society, the Class Gift Campaign Committee, and Phi Alpha Delta. Jennifer worked with a personal injury and civil litigation firm throughout law school and then worked at a general practice firm before joining The Manely Firm, P.C. Through the general practice work, Jennifer found that her calling is family law. Fluent in Vietnamese and English, she is following in the footsteps of her father, who continues to actively volunteer in the local Vietnamese community. She is an active member of First Baptist Church where she works in the younger children’s ministry and volunteers with Family Promise, a program that aids homeless families. In 2014, she served as the Young Lawyers Division President for the local Northeastern Judicial Circuit Bar Association. She also served as the Law Day chair. Jennifer has also been elected to serve as the Gainesville-Hall County Junior League Secretary for the year 2015-2016. Her husband teaches high school Latin. They have three daughters and two dogs.

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Family Law Paralegals and Administrative Staff

In addition to our attorneys, our office is staffed with eight highly qualified paralegals, allowing us to deliver thorough, thoughtful legal support at a very competitive cost. Because one paralegal is assigned specifically to each client's case, the paralegal is almost always available during business hours. This is critical, since attorneys' business hours are often spent in court.

Cheryl Jackson Administrative Asst/Receptionist, Cheryl Jackson:
Cheryl is our Administrative Asst/Receptionist. Cheryl was born in Harlem, NY and moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1989. She has attended Chattahoochee Technical College and Kennesaw State University. Cheryl has over 25 years of Administrative, customer service and 10 years of accounting experience. She’s also a Master Cosmetologist for 31 yrs. She has owned and operated 2 businesses. She is an active member of The American Legion and the NAACP and loves spending quality time with her family.

Paralegal, Deirdre Reagan Paralegal, Deirdre Reagan:
Deirdre is a native of Georgia where she attended North Georgia College in Dahlongea. Subsequently she attended the National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta where she earned her Paralegal Certificate. Deirdre has twenty years experience as a paralegal, working in family law. Deirdre is married with two grandchildren. Deirdre is a long term resident of Bartow County.

Paralegal, Kim Hollomon Paralegal, Kim Hollomon:
Kim is a native of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Subsequently, she attended the American Institute for Paralegal Studies where she earned her Paralegal Certificate. Kim is a past Secretary, Vice President, President and Board Advisor for the Georgia Association of Paralegals. She worked for seven years before she decided to take time off to be a full time mom. She has recently returned to the work force. Kim is married, has three children and lives in west Cobb County.

Marietta Georgia Paralegal Teodora Nikilova Junior Paralegal, Teodora Nikolova:
Teodora was born and raised in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, where she attended law school for five years. Upon relocating to the United States, she earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from the Delaware Technical and Community College, Delaware. Teodora further continued her education by receiving a bachelor's degree in legal studies from the Wilmington University in Delaware. Her professional experience is built upon involvement in criminal law, civil litigation, collections, personal injury and workers' compensation. Along with her internships with The Way Home Interfaith Program and the family Law Office of Kim DeBonte, Georgetown, Delaware, Teodora also gained a valuable experience as a civil clerk trainee with the District Court for Wicomico County, Maryland. In addition to English, Teodora is fluent in Bulgarian and Russian as well.

Billy King, Atlanta Georgia Law Clerk Law Clerk, William King:
William is a graduate of Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, where he received scholarships for his achievements in the classroom and on the baseball field. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history. He received honors graduating magna cum laude. He is also a member of the Historical Honor Society. He is currently interested in pursuing a career in law. He currently attends Georgia State University College of Law. William has worked for the firm for the last eight years as a student intern, runner, secretary, receptionist, office clerk and paralegal.

Kate Ellis, Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant, Kate Ellis:
Kate is a North Carolina native who relocated to Savannah, Georgia in 2014. She received her bachelor's degree in social work and minor in Spanish from North Carolina State University and, upon graduating, worked as a child welfare social worker, counseling individuals and providing in-home services to at-risk families. She is passionate about advocating for children and families and has held previous roles in the administrative, marketing, and mental health fields.

Kate aspires to further her education in the legal field and enjoys Wolfpack sports and exploring coastal Georgia with her husband.

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