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Richard Maney

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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 and naturalization, 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 co-author 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

Work Outside of the Law Office

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.

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

In the News


  • BS Business Administration University of Florida
  • JD University of Florida College of Law


  • Florida Bar Association
    Florida Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
    American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Immigration Alliance, President
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mentor
    American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mentor
  • Hillsborough Bar Association
    Hillsborough Bar Association


  • U.S. Immigration Law Investor and Business Visa Guide 1983
  • Amnesty Guide 1987
  • Florida Bar CLE, Immigration law and Practice in Florida 1987
  • Treaty Investor Visa Guide 1989
  • Student Visa Guide 1992
  • The Visa Guide 1995
  • The Visa Guide, 2nd Edition 2000
  • The Visa Guide, 3rd Edition 2003
  • Immigrant Story 2015
  • The visa Guide, 4th Edition 2017


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