Maria Justus is an attorney with The Manely Firm, P.C. in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to working with The Manely Firm, Maria worked for many years with Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Donnie Dixon. In that role, Maria assisted with and personally oversaw a variety of cases with a primary focus in federal criminal defense. She served as a Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney providing legal counsel to indigent defendants accused of crimes in the Southern District of Georgia. Maria also worked as a volunteer attorney for the Georgia Justice Project Freedom Expungement Project. Through her practice, Maria quickly realized that her true passion in practicing law was helping people navigate through some of the most difficult chapters in their life. Her experience has taught her that for clients, these life circumstances can feel very isolating and confusing, but as a lawyer, you are tasked with the truly unique and humbling experience of helping guide people through and out of those overwhelming situations.
Maria grew up in Miami, Florida in a Greek-American family being the youngest of four children. She is the first attorney in her family. Maria attended college at Florida International University earning her B.S. in Criminal Justice. While in school she was proudly the recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, also enjoying active membership to the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. Following college, Maria attended Savannah Law School where she was a John E. Ryan Merit scholarship recipient. During her time as law student, Maria clerked for the Honorable Penny Haas Freesemann of the Chatham County Superior Court. She worked on a caseload consisting of various divisions including Major Crimes, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Court. She continued to intern in private criminal practice where she assisted in felony appellate brief writing for submission to the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Also, while at Savannah Law School, Maria was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team where she competed in national Mock Trial competitions. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Street Law Community Program where she spoke at local high schools about the law and its effect on teens, and participated in the Tiny House Project to house local veterans through the Veterans Law Society.
Maria is married to local attorney Daniel Justus and they have two daughters together. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and documentaries, traveling, and doing outdoor activities.
Georgia Superior Courts
Supreme Court of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Savannah Law School
John E. Ryan Merit Scholarship Recipient
Florida International University, B.S. Criminal Justice
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Recipient
Professional Associations and Memberships
Georgia Bar Association
Savannah Bar Association
Savannah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers