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Michael Eric Manely

International law Attorney at Marietta, GA

3.5   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1989
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. International law
    The Manely Firm, P.C. is one of the few family law firms to practice international family law. I have handled cases for families from every continent (except antarctica). I am one of only a handful of attorneys in the country to argue a family law case before The United States Supreme Court of America and the only one to represent an American citizen in a foreign nation - Costa Rica.

    24 years, 100 cases

  2. Child custody
    I have successfully pursued child custody cases in Georgia, around the United States and throughout the world. Knowing the law surrounding difficult custody cases is only part of the battle. Having experience at applying winning strategies and knowing the proclivities of judges from community to community and culture to culture is also key.

    35 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    Divorce is difficult whether you've shared months of your life or years. The pain of love lost is almost always part of the process. At The Manely Firm, P.C. I and my attorneys aid clients in thinking through the emotional strife to make intelligent and strategic decisions to best protect and provide for themselves and their loved ones in the wake of divorce.

    35 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Family
    We only do family law. We have five attorneys, five paralegals and five legal assistants devoted totally to providing the highest level of legal services at the lowest possible price. The Manely Firm, P.C. is devoted to bridging the gap between families and justice.

    35 years, 2,000 cases

  5. Child support
    I have successfully argued for child support payments above state guidelines, demonstrating special needs when appropriate. I've negotiated and recovered child support from top professional athletes, entertainers, lawyers, doctors and business executives both in Georgia and abroad.

    35 years, 1,000 cases


Manely Firm the PC
211 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA, 30060
The Manely Firm, P.C.
128 Habersham Street
Savannah, GA, 31401
The Manely Firm PC
148 S Clayton Street
Suite B
Lawrenceville, GA, 30046
The Manely Firm PC
100 Hartsfield Center Pkwy
Suite 501
Atlanta, GA, 30354
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Posted by Dominique | March 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Daniele Johnson is awesome. She has been with our family from the beginning to the end and we wanted everyone to know that we are thankful for her service to our family.
Posted by William | June 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fabulous, Knowledgeable, and Skilled
I went through a difficult divorce with two children. Mr. Manely not only won me custody of my children, but gave me back my sanity and a sense of relief. They treated me and my case with the up most respect. The staff was were courteous, available to me at anytime and very skilled and respected in the Courtroom.
Posted by Tina | March 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
Mr Manely is everything he claims to be and even more! This gentleman saved me from Hague. He's extremely experienced and dedicated to his profession and his clients. He's very sharp and strategic in his approach dealing with complicated custody/divorce cases such as mine. Above all he is a good man. I know I'm in good hands and very grateful for everything he's done for me so far. I could not have possibly asked for a better firm or attorney.
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Posted by Lee | February 19, 2015
The Perfect Divorce Attorney
We went through three attorneys before we hired Michael to become the lead attorney on our case. Our case lasted two years and we learned so much in that time. You need to choose carefully when you are selecting an attorney. Some are out there just to get your initial payment, and once they get what they want they will avoid you like the black plague. There's also one's out there that just aren't on top of things, or aren't as responsive during critical times in your divorce. Michael is different. He responds to your emails at 10 pm and has conversations with you to ease your mind when you are being harassed. He coaches you on the proper conduct. Michael is an outstanding litigator and thinks outside of the box. Michael eases you through the process while creating the best case for your situation. When we first met with Michael, we were in bad shape. We lived out of state and and my girlfriend no longer had custody of her child. In two years Michael diligently guided us to regain custody, and child support. If it weren't for him our lives would be drastically different. I have the utmost respect for this man, and am thoroughly convinced that being a divorce attorney is his passion. He is helping society by helping families each and every day.
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Posted by Tim | February 9, 2014
Excellent Attorney and experienced!!!
This was a case that was just handled poorly by another attorney. Custody/child support case. Please find this review as a recommendation to retain Mr. Manely and his firm. My daughter and myself were very relieved to find the Manely Law firm is Savannah, Georgia. My daughter actually retained one of the attorneys with the firm not aware the Michael Manely in Marietta was also involved throughout the progress of my daughters case. We actually retained one attorney, and got the added benefit and experience from a 25 plus year warrior in this legal field. I was the one who actually found the firm through a lengthy process of "looking around". We had already had a faulty experience with another attorney in my daughters custody/child support, it was terrible and heart breaking for my daughter and our family. Nothing good about the battles you must be prepared to fight and without that experience and knowledge of a committed attorney, you are doomed. I wish we had found Michael Manely's firm months and months ago. There is no doubt that we would not have been looking again for an attorney to represent my daughter and grandson. My daughter and I are so greatful for the results. Visitation and travel for our 7 year old out of state and visitation were greatly increased. Support was reduced 50% which was our original argument. And how Mr. Manely and our Savannah attorney argued for grandparent visitation and ordered by the judge to allow us the grandparents the right to travel/escort our grandson is unheard of. Ain't gonna happen in Georgia. But Mr. Manely and our Savannah Manely attorney new the law to make this possible. Thank You.
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Posted by Billy | November 18, 2013
The Divorce is Over, and Granted
My daughter has received the final billing and the refund check for the balance in the Trust Account. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Lawyer Michael Manely for the professional manner in which he and all his staff performed the requirements of my daughter's divorce for which I was paying the bill. I was never concerned about her being in "GOOD HANDS" all the way in this matter. It was so comforting to my wife and me to know that such a professional attorney as Mr. Manely was looking after our "Little Girl" who is so very special to us. We had told her to get the best in the business to represent her and we are convinced that she did. My daughter told me on several occasions that Lawyer Manely and his staff were so responsive to her needs and never failed to be available to her and get her concerns addressed in a very timely fashion. The Manely firm was extremely punctual in getting the monthly billings out to me and were always ready to answer any questions I had about them. I will close this review by saying, "If you have to go through a divorce, you really need the Lawyer Michael Manely on your side.
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Posted by Laurent | July 2, 2013
Michael came highly recommended as a divorce attorney. I know why. What I thought would be a pretty simple, straight-forward divorce, turned into a nightmare for me. My ex-wife complicated matters on all fronts...she wanted everything and drug things out as long as she could, but Michael and his staff worked diligently to get my divorce over as quickly as possible while still looking out for my best interests. They were always there to answer questions, give sound advice and give me reassurance. I know they did their best to save me money while the opposing side just wanted to spend my money. Michael and his team are very experienced in dealing with difficult cases. They always let me know how realistic my expectations were and what to expect from my ex-wife and her attorney. It was worth every penny to have an honest, intelligent and experienced lawyer fighting for me. It meant so much, especially in the situation I was in. I cannot give Michael and his staff enough credit or praise. If I could not reach Michael for some reason, his associate, Lindsey Harrison, or paralegal, William Callaway, were available. Everyone I dealt with was extremely helpful and always up front with me. Michael saw me through this every step of the way and I highly recommend Michael Manely and the entire Manely Firm.
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Posted by Jeff | April 26, 2013
Supreme Court WINNER!!!
Mr. Michael Manely and his law firm is the best law firm I have had the pleasure of working with. In my battle I have had to retain several lawyers and in my experience the Manely firm has been nothing but top notch!! I have read other reviews and I must say I have witnessed absolutely NOTHING that has been written negatively against him or his firm. Yes, I have spent a considerable amount of money but that is what you have to do to get the best representation. He by far, is worth every penny!! I have high praise for Mr. Manely and would recommend him to anyone that is seeking a great honest lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Avoid at all costs
Shysters. Swindlers of the poor and emotionally destitute. If there were a way to give them ZERO stars, I would. They make all kinds of promises up front, spend your first two installments of $5,000 ($10,000) within the first two weeks, and, when you go to give them your last $5k to continue to "protect," you, and you have to tell them you're out of money and can no longer afford them, they attempt to us every penny of your last $5k in a "trust," which they will not release until 2 months have passed, not from the time you "fire" them, but from the time they Finnish doing work on your behalf. Nightmare experience with them. Worst off, ALL they have to show me, after that first & $10,000 is a letter they wrote on my behalf, that didn't stand up in the court of law, either! I could go on and on, like, when you look very closely at your itemized bill, they charge you $12.50 for every time something is filed (not in a court of law) in a filing cabinet, or even via email. But I won't. I've wasted enough time on this, in the hope that no other potential client will be SWINDLED, like I was. It's people like these, namely Billy King, managing broker, that, like I told in that last email, make lawyers look like they do: wolves in sheep's clothing. *watch them try and sue me, for defamation/slander, as a result of this review.*
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Posted by Scott | October 1, 2012
I Will Be Filing an Ethics Complaint with the State Bar
Unethical, dishonest, predatory, abusive and disrespectful. I could take the time to explain all that Mr Manely has done to send me into financial ruin and compromise what was almost an air-tight case, but I will save it for the State Bar. Let's just say I've been with this scumbag for over a year and have spent over $20k (I make less than 30k per year). He should be disbarred.
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Response from Michael Manely November 27, 2012
I am currently unaware of any complaint lodged with the State Bar, but welcome the opportunity to defend my and my firm's practice. At The Manely Firm, P.C., we are meticulous in record keeping and client communications, providing the highest quality service at the lowest possible price. In 23 years of practice, I have never been admonished in any way by The State Bar. In addition, at The Manely Firm, P.C, we are one of the few firms I know who provides a client care coordinator. Her name is Martha Reilly and she is available to assist clients if they are unhappy with the work or any of our staff, including me. She provides an additional ear for listening to client concerns and voice to aid in articulating and explaining client frustration which can be intense for family law clients who are often battling the people they once loved most.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2011
Hague Case - International Child Abduction
He told me he had lots of experience and described some of the cases he'd done. He promised he could get the kids back to the US. Great. What he didn't tell me was the once here, she would win custody and then leave anyway! I'd prefer if ALL the facts were presented rather than what I want to hear. I had a consultation with another firm and they laid it out straight to me.
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Response from Michael Manely November 27, 2012
I have never had a case where I worked to have children returned to the United States and then lost custody. I am only aware of a client losing custody of children I successfully had returned to the United States after I was no longer serving as their counsel. That isn't to say, though, that this could never happen. There are many factors judges rely on to make custody determinations and I never guarantee any parent they will win. I do, though, use 23 years of experience from hundreds of cases to determine in which situations winning custody is likely. In my experience, judges rarely reward parents who run with their children abroad and intentionally alienate the other parent. When it happens, there are often revelations about the parent seeking to have the children returned that evolve during the pursuit of the case that were not revealed initially.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2011
Strung-a-long and charged, charged, charged
Don't believe the 'sales pitch'. The Manely firm is knowledgable in two things...divorce representation and how to extract the most money possible from you. They know you are vulnerable, scared, upset, etc and work that to their advantage. In my particular case, Manely always started negotiations with my ex's attorney in such a hole that he orchestrated that when he got more than he was trying to bargain for he would act as if it was a grand slam, but instead it was not even the basic child visitation that almost everyone gets. Needless to say that i wasted 6 months with him and my requests were never listed to or followed and after withdrawing from the attorney i was able to get much better child visitation on my own negotiations. I am now in the process of hiring a new attorney to finalize my divorce after one year. IN my experience this law firm is very unethical.
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Response from Michael Manely November 27, 2012
I and my firm are one of the few to offer free consultations. Our current up-front retainer is $3650 and the highest billable hour is mine at $325 an hour. I encourage potential clients to compare my years of experience, my firm's comprehensive staffing, and the percentage of cases focused on family law. It is apparent that my philosophy is to give the highest quality legal services at the lowest possible price. But, don't take my word for it. Shop around. It is also important in family law to have realistic expectations. During our free consultations, I and my associates try hard to get potential clients to realize that results depend on the nature of the relationship between the parties. In my experience, though, few people who are inclined to work together to resolve problems quickly and easily get divorced. Therefore, it can often take months for parties to let go the emotional need to hurt the other. These and other emotional hurdles can cause cases to drag on for years. In the end, it takes two to reach an agreement.
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Posted by Mike | June 13, 2011
I worked with a Manely associate last summer who I had to release after nearly 3-months. When I sought assistance from Manely regarding billing, retrieving my records, especially my children's records, my emails, telephone calls were ignored. In the end, I spent over $9,000 and wasted time, having to hire a new attorney to start from the beginning. My new attorney advised me to write a certified letter to Manely to request my records, before resorting to the GA Bar. The letter was responded to 3-weeks later, denying that there were any records. I communicated that I was informed that there were records that remained. To make a long story short, after approximately 7-months, I finally received all of my records. However, I had to invest quite a bit of time to produce these communications and respond to being ignored or denied, especially during a time when life was more than difficult going through a divorce. Avoid this company - don't be fooled by the sales pitch.
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Response from Michael Manely November 28, 2012
Our firm has a policy of copying our clients on all documents as they are produced and received. In addition, every client is assigned a paralegal responsible for keeping their file and closing it for return to the client at the close of the client's case. Additionally, we have a client care coordinator whose job is to call client concerns to my attention, including failure to get records from closed files. Finally, all documents are also scanned and kept electronically, making retrieval instantaneous.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • CEO
  • The Manely Firm, P.C.
  • 1989 - Present


  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Georgia State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • McDermott v. McDermott,011CV199099)
  • Won Unanimously
  • Chafin v Chafin, 133 S.Ct.1017 - 2013
  • Won 9 - 0
  • Camacho v. Camacho
  • Won Custody in Cobb Superior Court; Won at trial level in Costa Rica; Won on Appeal to Costa Rica Supreme Court; Lost at Costa Rican Human Rights Court; Pending Appeal at the Human Rights Court of The Americas


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Society of Family Law
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SOAR Award for Leadership in Public Interest Law
  • Georgia State University College of Law Student Public Interest Law Association
  • 2014
  • Law Day Keynote Speaker
  • Georgia State College of Law
  • 2013
  • Mary Beth Tinker
  • American University
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Georgia Tropical Seminar
  • International Child Custody Cases Under the Hague Treaty on Child Abduction
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (12)
Endorse Michael
International law Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I’ve worked with Attorney Michael Manely for three years. He has been a great resource and educator. His passion for international law is the one we share; I have been fortunate to work closely with Michael on several international family law cases with much success."
International law Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. You will not find anyone who is as well-versed or knowledgeable about international family law than Michael, from start to finish, and a consummate professional."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Manely is a mentor and fantastic teacher. It is incredible to watch him litigate and learn from the best. I would recommend him to anyone looking to resolve their family law issues. He is also well known for international work related to international child abductions."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Have known this attorney for years now and he truly cares about his clients in helping them with all their family matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I work for Mr. Manely. He is a wonderful mentor and an incredible lawyer. It is quite amazing to see him in court. He is very passionate about family law and there is no one who knows more about family law than he does. Who else has won unanimously before the United Supreme Court on a family law matter? I've worked closely with him on cases. He is very caring and very strategic."
International law Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Michael for many years as a friend and colleague. After 15 years in private practice, I now have the pleasure of working for the Manely Firm, Michael has a keen sense of what matters and what does not matter in Family Law. He has successfully built a practice with five locations throughout Atlanta and Savannah by tirelessly working to achieve results that work for families not to score points as an attorney. He thinks outside the box and takes seriously his role as an attorney seeking justice for families. I highly recommend Michael."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Without reservation, I endorse Michael. I have the distinct pleasure of receiving guidance from Michael, whose knowledge of family law is exceptional. He is a genuinely kind and caring person who works intelligently, strategically, and tirelessly to pursue the best possible outcome for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I've had the pleasure of being mentored by Michael. Working closely with him, I've seen first hand his true passion for the field of Family Law. With 24 years of experience, I am of the belief that you cannot find a better attorney in the Atlanta metro area to advocate on your behalf. He works closely with his client's to fully understand their wants and needs, and is able to effectively communicate those concerns to the court. I fully endorse Michael Manely."
International law Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"It is not everyday that an attorney gets to work with and be mentored by a U.S. Supreme Court winner. Watching Michael in action is like watching life being pumped into family law. His approach to cases is calculated and honest which distinguishes him from the many attorneys practicing in this area. He is great at his craft and has mastered the art of lawyering! I highly recommend Michael to handle any and all domestic and INTERNATIONAL family law matters."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have the distinct privilege of being mentored by Michael. I have seen first hand Michael's prowess in the courtroom and what truly sets Michael apart is his ability to absorb his client's case and translate the client's needs into something easily understood by the court. He understands the intricacies of family law at a level that very few do."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am proud to endorse Michael. He provides strategic, thoughtful representation to his clients while also striving to maintain a price point that remains affordable to most people. I feel fortunate to have the pleasure of working with him. His many years of experience provide him with a unique incite into the practice of family law and I am continually impressed by his calculated moves, both in setting a case up, during negotiations, and in the court room. His work on Chafin v. Chafin, which resulted in a unanimous United States Supreme Court victory, is simply one example of the extraordinary legal work that he does."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a caring and compassionate family law attorney. He structures his office and practice to accommodate clients in crisis. He is well known not only here in Cobb County, GA, but across the US and the World for his expertise in international custody disputes. Having such a highly respected attorney handle your family law and custody situation is extremely helpful. You are in excellent and very caring hands with attorney Michael Manely."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael brings a level of international knowledge and expertise of not only the law but of many other subjects that gives an invaluable benefit to his clients. His professional integrity and pursuit of justice are unmatched. I certainly endorse this lawyer."
International law Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a great expertise in international family law issues, including recovering children from other countries."
Family Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is THE go-to person for custody disputes with international implications. In fact, he recently argued just such a case before the United States Supreme Court. Very few attorneys can claim such an honor, especially in the field of family law."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Michael Eric Manely
International law Attorney
Marietta, GA
Licensed for 35 years