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Richard Henry Maney is the founder and managing attorney of Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. For more than 38 years, he has practiced in the field of immigration andnaturalization, personal injury and wrongful death, civil litigation and products liability law.



As a young boy, when Richard Maney asked his father why there were separate water fountains for different races, his father told him, “Just because the law states something, doesn’t make it right. You always need to look for the moral authority and ask your conscience, ‘Is this just?’”

Richard realized at an early age he wanted to fight injustice and help people who were disadvantaged in society. His family had always embraced people of all races and ethnicity. As Presbyterians, his family embraces all people of all religions, faiths, and beliefs.

As a young attorney Richard saw the struggle of immigrant families attempting to legally obtain residence in the United States. He was inspired by their work ethic, their vision, and their determination. When he began his immigration practice in 1978, he realized that he had found a practice that would address his father’s advice: Always apply moral justice to the law.

Being married to an immigrant, Richard is reminded daily of the challenges facing ethnic minorities.

Richard is passionate about the benefits our immigrants bring to our nation. He enjoys making and maintaining strong personal relationships with his clients.

Richard is Board Certified in the field of Immigration & Nationality law. He is the coauthor of the book, The Immigrant Story – A Tribute to America’s Immigrants. He holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest distinction, being rated by fellow attorneys and judges as preeminent in legal ability and professional ethics. His 40 years of immigration law experience serve as the foundation for the firm. He continues his quest to seek justice for our immigrant community.

Attorney Mission Statement

"My mission in life is to serve and support others, and by doing so, make our community a better place for all. I have found my passion in helping our nation’s immigrants to complete their journey. I am honored to serve these courageous individuals, who have sacrificed so much to be a part of our country. I am inspired and humbled by their dedication and vision. I am thankful for the motivation and gratitude they have so generously shared." - Richard Maney, Senior Partner

Education & Memberships

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1972. In 1974, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.

Mr. Maney is a member of the Florida Bar Association and is Board Certified in the field of Immigration and Naturalization Law. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers. He also serves as a mentor for other attorneys through the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Publications & Work Outside of the Law Office

In 1983, Richard Maney authored the U.S. Immigration Law Investor and Business Visa Guide, which has been distributed worldwide through the commercial section of the U.S. Consulates abroad. He has also published the Amnesty Guide (1987); the Treaty Investor Visa Guide (1989); the Student Visa Guide (1992); the Immigrant Story (2015); and The Visa Guide (1995) (2000 2nd Edition) (2003 3rd Edition) (2017 4th Edition). He is also a contributing author to the Florida Bar CLE, Immigration Law and Practice in Florida (1987).

Mr. Maney is the founder of the Immigrant Protection Plan.

Richard Maney has served as an adjunct instructor for Hillsborough Community College. He has also acted as host to the local legal television show Cross Exam. He is founder and president of Community Action Project, Incorporated-Reading is Fundamental (RIF) of Hillsborough County. This program has furnished more than 1.2 million free books to elementary school children in the Tampa Bay area.


  • 1990 - present; Board Certified in Immigration and Naturality Law by the Florida Bar. This certification is an important indicator of professional expertise. There are over 84,000 lawyers in the State of Florida. Only .086% of these lawyers are Board Certified in Immigration. Mr. Maney and Mr. Zeller have both received and hold this prestigious ranking.
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can obtain in the areas of legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Selected for the 2014 edition of "Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers," an annual publication from Martindale-Hubbell. To create this list, Martindale-Hubbell selects the finest advocates in the region from an elite pool of AV Preeminent Rated attorneys.
  • 25 Years As an AV Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell, signifying the consistently high standard of counsel Mr. Maney has provided for his clients for more than a quarter of a century.
  • Inclusion in Marquis' 2011 guide to "Who's Who in American Law," a reference guide to the nation's leading attorneys and legal professionals.
  • Named among the Top 10% of America's Most Honored Professionals by the American Registry. This independent ratings organization recognizes top performers who are consistently rated and ranked as the best in their field.
  • Inclusion in the 1997 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. This prestigious distinction is reserved for the most esteemed attorneys in the nation. There are more than one million attorneys practicing in the United States, but fewer than 9,000 are selected for inclusion in this elite registry.


  • 2014 - present; American Immigration Alliance, President
  • 1982 - present; American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mentor
  • 1978 - present; American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • 1976 - present; Hillsborough Bar Association, Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Visa Options for International Students, Schiller International University - 2016
  • Student to Green Card - University of South Florida - 2015
  • Student to Green Card - University of Tampa - 2014
  • Effective Immigration Compliance for Business - Sterling Education Systems - 2013
  • Strategic Immigration Planning -Florida HR Conference 2011 - 2011
  • The Civil Right of Immigrants - USF Civil Rights Conference - 2010
  • Immigration Alternatives - HR Florida 2010 - 2010
  • Immigration Strategies - HR Tampa Annual Conference - 2009
  • Strategic Immigration Planning - HR Florida Annual Conference - 2009
  • Immigration Alternatives & Strategies - Hillsborough County Bar Association - 2008
  • Competitive Advantages for Businesses - Sterling Immigration Law Seminar - 2005
  • Immigration Solutions - Olive Garden Restaurants Private Presentation - 2003
  • Increasing International Diversity - Darden Restaurants Private Presentation - 2002
  • Immigration Horizons - Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education - 2002
  • Immigration Planning for HR - SHRM International Conference - 2000

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    Mr. Maney discusses the best part of being a immigration lawyer and why it is important to him.

The Immigrant Story: A Tribute to America's Immigrants

Our founding partner, Richard Maney, authored this study celebrating the monumental impact immigrants have had on the history and development of the United States. Read profiles from America's backbone.

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