Matthew R. Muenzen, Esq.Attorney
Matthew R. Muenzen is an associate attorney with Freeman & Fuson. Matt primarily practices family law, juvenile law, child welfare law, and criminal law in various counties in Middle Tennessee, but handles matters in other types of civil law as well. Additional areas of expertise include: juvenile delinquency, unruly children, education, child custody, adoptions, and administrative appeals. Matt is also certified as a Tennessee Juvenile Law – Child Welfare Law Specialist through the National Association of Counsel for Children, a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, and a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Matt has dedicated his life to assisting people and helping to navigate complex situations. After graduating from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice, Matt was employed as a police officer in New Jersey for six years. While working in law enforcement, Matt received an M.A in Human Resources Management and Training from Seton Hall University in New Jersey and a J.D. from Pace University in New York.
Prior to his work at Freeman and Fuson, Matt worked as a lawyer for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service for almost nine years. As the Regional General Counsel and Supervising Attorney in Nashville, he litigated child abuse, child neglect, severe child abuse, child sexual abuse, and termination of parental rights matters. Most recently, Matt was the Special Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Community Partnerships for the Office of Child Safety. In this role, he provided advice and consultation to leadership within the Office of Child Safety. Matt was also a participant on legislative and law enforcement task forces and committees that work to prevent child abuse and neglect in Tennessee, including working on legislation against child abuse/neglect and human trafficking.
Matt regularly presents at conferences and to various groups, agencies, and universities on a variety of topics related to child abuse and neglect in Tennessee. Matt has previously worked alongside the Administrative Office of the Courts in assisting in the drafting of the Judicial Benchbook for the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) and was a member of the Delinquent/Unruly Subcommittee and Dependent/Neglected Subcommittee for the Revision of the Tennessee Rules of Juvenile Procedure.
J.D., Pace University School of Law, 2007
Environmental Law Certificate
M.A., Seton Hall University, 2003
Human Resources Training & Development
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1996
Administration of Justice