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PROFESSIONAL BIO | GET TO KNOW MARSHALL

OVERVIEW

A leader in the Knoxville legal community, Marshall’s three decades of experience make him an asset to clients looking for assistance related to trusts and estates, as well as a variety of other matters.

Marshall is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on the Practice Committee.

He is a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations and the Knoxville Estate Planning Council.

Marshall is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law and is a past president of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council. Marshall was a member of the Uniform Trust Code Study Committee, which promulgated Tennessee’s 2004 revision to the statutory law of trusts; a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation, an honorary organization which makes grants to organizations providing social services to those in need; a former Board Member of Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation, a nonprofit organization seeking to preserve and expand Tennessee’s natural treasures; and President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, which provides pro bono legal services to clients in poverty.

Marshall speaks to professional groups on estate planning topics such as conservation easements, distributions from retirement plans and GST elections on gift tax returns.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer?

I was inspired by example and advice of lawyers who recommended I go to law school. I had graduated from college 11 years before and had two young children.

What attracted you to estate law?

Its challenging nature and that it involves building relationships.

Of all the cases you’ve worked on, do you have one that stands out the most that you have permission to share?

Representing the winner of the Powerball lottery. The most gratifying part was that I was first person he told, and we planned for several weeks before the prize was claimed. In the press release, he thanked me by name for my counsel.
A few years ago I had a case in the Tennessee Court of Appeals. We prevailed in a case of first impression. The result is now the law of this state regarding the duty of an executor to give notice.

How would you describe yourself both personally and professionally?

Personally, I try to be with interesting people, have varied cultural experiences, read books and travel to interesting places. Professionally, I try to build up others and help them achieve their ambitions. I focus on providing top-level representation for clients.

What do you love about your career?

Representing clients over many years to achieve their legacies.

Who was the biggest influence in your career?

My dad. He was the Ward County, North Dakota speech pathologist. He was the son of immigrant parents and went back to grad school in his mid 30s while fathering three small children including me. (I was 10.) After he attained his Ph.D., he came to the University of Tennessee as one of the key people in the then-nascent hearing and speech program. That program is now one of the top in the country.

What is something that you are really proud of, and why?

I’m proud of recognition by peers for excellent legal work and my role in the community. I’m also proud that my three children are educated and have lives following their bliss, and that I have a wonderful spouse who inspires me by her dedication to the community and social justice.

What are the goals you are still working to achieve?

Building my firm to be vital into the next generation.

What are your main interests, hobbies or passions outside of work?

Equal justice as a community value. I will soon be president of the board for Legal Aid of East Tennessee, which is the public-interest firm providing legal representation to poor people of our region. I also enjoy good food, travel, reading and my three adult children who are all in interesting locales and careers, informed by being their own person.

When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as someone who lived life in the present.

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