Matthew R. Muenzen is a juvenile and child welfare attorney in Tennessee. He has previously supervised other attorneys, provided guidance and consultation to other attorneys, and has litigated in juvenile courts, circuit courts, and chancery courts across Tennessee. Mr. Muenzen has vast experience in working with child advocacy centers, district attorneys, law enforcement, schools, hospitals, mental health providers, and is a participant for numerous legislative and law enforcement task forces and committees that work to prevent child abuse and neglect in Tennessee. His experience includes working on legislation against child abuse/neglect and human trafficking. His other areas of expertise also include: juvenile delinquency, unruly children, education, termination of parental rights, child custody, adoptions, and administrative appeals.
After graduating from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice, Mr. Muenzen was employed as a police officer and served on a municipal police department in New Jersey for six years. While working as a full-time police officer in patrol, Mr. Muenzen 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.
Mr. Muenzen regularly presents to various groups and agencies on a variety of topics related to child abuse and neglect in Tennessee. He has been a guest lecturer at the Belmont School of Law for a juvenile law class, the Middle Tennessee State University for a social work class, and Austin Peay University for a counseling class.
Mr. Muenzen 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.
Mr. Muenzen is certified as a Juvenile Law – Child Welfare Law Specialist through the National Association of Counsel for Children.