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MEET TROY MARSH

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My name is Troy Marsh. I am a University of Georgia Alumnus.  I earned my B.S.F.R. in 1987 from the Warnell School of Forest Resources and my Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1994.  My typical client is the “David” in a fight against a “Goliath.”  Sometimes the “Goliath” is a giant insurance company or corporation, and sometimes it is the government.  Either way, I represent people.  I don’t represent companies.  My typical client is a person, married couple, or surviving family member of someone who was injured or killed as a result of another’s negligence.  My cases involve wrongful death, tractor-trailer wrecks, defective products, commercial vehicle wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle collisions, pedestrian/automobile collisions, and other catastrophic injury cases.  I have served the State Bar of Georgia on its Lawyer Advertising and Fair Marketing Practices Committees, and I am a member of the Bulloch County Bar Association, the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and other professional organizations.

I love practicing law!  I love what I do so much that, to me, it isn’t work.  Practicing law is my calling.  It’s what I’m supposed to do.  I know that because when I’m in the midst of a trial or a hearing, or at my office researching a legal issue or meeting with a client, all is right with the world.  Practicing law feels natural to me, like I am doing exactly what I was created and designed to do.  Apart from spending time with my family, the time I spend immersed in the study and practice of law is the most pleasurable for me.  I consider it the highest honor and privilege for someone to trust me to protect their legal interests.

I reached this point in my life after some twists and turns that convinced me that law was my destiny.  First, I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in a field that, unknown to me at the time, uniquely prepared me for law school. After a short four year career in the forestry industry, I followed my heart and entered law school.  Second, I married the girl of my dreams.  Twenty nine years later, we are still married and more in love every day.  Finally, I was blessed with a wife who understood when I said, “I have to go to law school.”  She understood that something was missing in my life, and only a legal education and career would fill that hole.  So, in August, 1991, we left a debt-free life in my hometown and moved to Macon, Georgia.  While I attended law school, she taught middle grades in an inner city public school.

During the summers, I clerked at a litigation firm in Statesboro, where I ultimately began my career upon graduation in 1994.  Because of my wife’s help and support, I was able to devote all of my time and energy to excelling in law school, and I did.  In 1994, I graduated cum laude from law school, finishing in the top ten percent of my class.  I was honored to be selected as a Frances Wood Wilson scholar, a Ryals Foundation scholar, an American Bar Association mentor, and the 2L class representative.  I received the American Jurisprudence award in Sales and of course passed the Bar exam immediately.

For the next two years, I worked alongside giants in the legal profession, one of whom would later become President of the State Bar of Georgia.  I worked long hours during the week and on weekends researching and preparing briefs in civil cases, primarily involving questions of tort, education law, employment law, and contract law.  During that time, I authored and filed appellate briefs in the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as numerous motions and briefs in state and federal trial courts.  The cases involved wrongful death and injuries arising out of products liability, tractor-trailer and other commercial vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, and other civil matters.

To gain a different perspective, I took a position at a different firm with a strong background in representing defendants and insurance companies in accident and injury cases.  Over the next two years, I represented numerous defendants, as well as plaintiffs, in car crash, products liability, tractor-trailer, and similar cases.  When the partners decided to dissolve the firm, I seized the opportunity to take all defense cases and open my own, solo practice in Statesboro.  For the next ten years, I worked with many insurance companies, including Nationwide, Atlanta Casualty, Infinity, Grange, Travelers, and others, defending their insured drivers in lawsuits and jury trials, while also representing plaintiffs in wrongful death and serious injury cases.

In 2008, I expanded my practice to include criminal defense, including DUI and other felony and misdemeanor cases in state and federal courts.  From approximately 2008 through 2016, the majority of my cases involved young adults who had been arrested and charged with one or more crimes.  In 2016, I realized that victims needed a dignified alternative to the lawyers who run tasteless advertisements on network television channels.  So, I decided to narrow the scope of my practice even further and focus exclusively on accident and injury cases in direct, head-to-head competition with the “ambulance chasers” on television.

While I still can’t predict the outcome of any particular case with absolute certainty (because no one can), I am proud to say that I have a lot of satisfied clients.  I don’t claim to have won every single case because I haven’t.  I know how to “leave no stone unturned;” I know how to prepare a case.  I know my limitations, and I know when to bring in other attorneys who can add specialized knowledge and experience that will help my client.

Since 2004, Georgia Southern University and I have partnered to provide students with free, on campus consultations through the Student Government Association’s Legal Services program. I am also a part-time instructor at Georgia Southern University, teaching Judicial Process, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.

Each year, I visit fraternities, sororities, and other groups and organizations at Georgia Southern University and deliver presentations on current legal issues like the laws governing hazing, alcohol and drug possession and consumption, and others.

My wife and I have two children (young adults), ages 22 and 19.

MY PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS

  • I love practicing law!
  • I am a problem solver.  I help people solve their problems.
  • I can solve lots of problems.  I can’t solve every problem.
  • I can solve lots of problems that involve accidents with injuries.  I can’t solve problems like bankruptcy or divorce or estate planning, so I don’t try.
  • I try very hard to be a great listener.  I want to hear your story.  When you tell me your story, I will tell you what I think about your case.  It may be exactly what you want to hear.  It may not.  Either way, I’m going to tell you.  What I tell you about your case is based on 19 years of formal education plus 23 years of practicing law.
  • I know a lot about accident and injury law.  I know a lot about criminal law, but I don’t know all there is to know about anything.  I learn something new every day.
  • If I KNOW the answer to a question, I will tell you the answer.  If you want to know HOW I know the answer, I will tell you.
  • If I DON”T know the answer to a question, I will tell you that I don’t know.  I’m not going to make up an answer.
  • Your neighbor or your roommate or your drinking buddy may tell you what she thinks about your case.  Be wary.  Non-lawyers love to give advice.  Know your source.  Opinions are like noses.  Everybody has one.
  • I work very hard.  I may lose a case because not every case can be won.  I cannot change the facts.  But, if I lose, it will not be because I was outworked.
  • I do not like to see people suffer.
  • I demand a fair fight.  I loathe unfair fights.
  • Georgia law is the same in Statesboro as it is in Atlanta.  The way that Georgia law is applied in Statesboro may be very different than the way Georgia law is applied in Atlanta or Savannah or Macon or Augusta.
  • I know how to win.
  • I also know how to lose, but I never plan to lose.  I work very hard at not losing.
  • I play by the rules.  I expect others to play by the rules.
  • I strive to live by the Golden Rule.
  • I know my limits.  If there is an issue in your case that I don’t feel competent to handle, I will tell you, and I will give you appropriate advice.  I won’t pretend to know what I am doing.
  • I do what is in my client’s best interest.  If it is in my client’s best interest for me to associate an attorney or assemble a team of attorneys to help move the case along, I will.
  • There are cases and issues that are outside my area of expertise.  I know which cases and issues are outside of my area of expertise.
  • Every case is a story.  If you tell me your side of the story, please don’t expect me to know what the outcome of your case will be.  There are always at least two sides to every story.  The outcome of a case depends on lots of factors.  I can control some of those factors.  There are many factors that I cannot control and no one can control.
  • We make the best possible decisions based on the information at hand at that moment.

 

WHY HIRE ME?

I could use this space to write about all the AVVO awards I have received or list out all the peer endorsements and reviews from previous clients, but I won’t. I would like to use this brief time I have your attention to write to you why hiring me, a one-attorney firm, is your way to go.

First of all, the severity of your injury or case should not be a determining factor. Whether it’s a fractured pinkie or the wrongful death of a child, you should feel confident that I can handle the case. I know you may have questions like, “If he’s the only lawyer in the firm, can he really handle a high-stakes case like mine?”, “Where is his back-up?”, “What if he gets sick – who’s going to make sure nothing goes wrong in my case?”.  Just because I’m the only lawyer in my firm doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m the only lawyer that will work on your case. Being a sole practitioner allows me to consult and, if necessary, associate lawyers that have specialized knowledge or recent experience in a similar case without you, the client, having to pay any additional fee.  In other words, I participate in and contribute to groups that bring together thousands of lawyers who ask questions, share ideas and experiences, and regularly work on cases together via joint representation agreements.

Here’s an example:

Suppose a prospective client’s car rolled over, and due to a defective design the roof caved in, causing massive brain injuries.  Such a case involves a multitude of legal and medical issues that require a team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers to handle.  It would be irresponsible for one lawyer to take on such a case and try to handle it on his own. However, the reason that I am best suited to handle such a case is that I have the freedom to hand-pick the best of the best lawyer for each major issue in the case.

Let’s suppose the car was a 2013 Widget Trashmobile.  Through my contact with thousands of other lawyers, I know that Lawyer Smith, a partner in the firm Smith, Doe, and Doe, recently sued the Widget company in a similar case and won a jury verdict in the millions. Through the discovery process, Lawyer Smith likely has valuable information about the Widget company that might benefit the client. Suppose that the brain injury actually involves a specific area of the brain called the Wernicke area, just beneath the parietal lobe, and I know that Lawyer Tibbs, a partner in the firm Tibbs, Mann, and Rock, recently tried a case that involved a similar injury to the Wernicke area of the brain. Lawyer Tibbs likely has valuable information about the anatomy and purpose of the Wernicke area. Finally, suppose that the part of the roof that failed was manufactured by a foreign company and sold to Widget for use in the Trashmobile.  I know that Lawyer Janis, a partner in the firm Janis, Joffrey, and Jinkies, recently sued that foreign company and likely has valuable information about the company’s organization hierarchy and other matters.

Armed with this knowledge, I would associate Lawyer Smith, Lawyer Tibbs, and Lawyer Janis to be my client’s “Dream Team.”  Instead of having one lone lawyer, my client has the best-of-the-best working for her. The question then arises, “Why not just hire Lawyer Smith or Lawyer Tibbs or Lawyer Janis and forget about this sole practitioner in Statesboro, Georgia?”  “Why do I even need Troy Marsh?”

This is where the real benefit in hiring me becomes clear.

Pretend the client hires Lawyer Smith instead of me. Lawyer Smith agrees to represent the client on a contingent fee basis, i.e. Lawyer Smith receives a fraction, or percentage, of any money recovered. Lawyer Smith’s partners want and expect that fee to be paid, in full, to the firm. Suppose that Lawyer Smith knows that Lawyer Tibbs recently tried the case involving a similar injury to the Wernicke area of the brain. Suppose that Lawyer Smith knows that no lawyer in his own firm has ever handled a case involving a similar injury. Lawyer Smith knows that, if he associates Lawyer Tibbs, Lawyer Smith will have to split his fee with Lawyer Tibbs.  However, if Lawyer Smith keeps the case in his own firm and learns about the injury the best he can, Lawyer Smith keeps the entire fee.  What do you think Lawyer Smith will do?

Beyond the financial incentive to keep a case in-house, lawyers do not like to admit that an outside lawyer is more qualified to handle a particular legal issue. Lawyers, especially partners, are always trying to cultivate new referral sources, and current clients are one of the best referral sources. If Lawyer Smith associates Lawyer Tibbs, the client will discover that Lawyer Tibbs is more qualified that Lawyer Smith, and the client might, in the future, refer a case to Lawyer Tibbs instead of Lawyer Smith.  Lawyer Smith does not want that to happen.  Lawyer Smith’s partners do not want that to happen.

I, on the other hand, owe no duty to a partner to keep a case to myself.  The only duty I owe is to you – my client.  I owe you a duty to provide the best possible representation, whether that comes from me, solely, or from a “Dream Team” hand-picked by me to fit the specifics of your case.

I do not have to answer to anyone if I split my fee with a lawyer in another firm. I do not have to justify to a partner the reason that I associated Lawyer Tibbs. I owe it to you, my client, to associate the most qualified talent out there, and that is what I do.

So, do you want a Dream-Team, or do you want a firm that might resist associating outside attorneys?

 

Troy is respected by the judges and lawyers in the area.  His reputation as a tireless and knowledgeable advocate for his clients is widely known….Troy is always thoroughly prepared to present each case and achieves winning results for his clients.

Endorsement from Kirk Gilliard, fellow attorney in Augusta, GA

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

Trial attorney and owner of THE MARSH LAW FIRM, since 1998

Part-time instructor at Georgia Southern University, since 2013

EDUCATION

Mercer University School of Law, 1994 – Juris Doctor, cum laude

University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1987 – Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources

Georgia Southern College, 1982-1985 (Pre-forestry and Pre-law)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Georgia, 1994
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
All State and Superior Courts in Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia

HONORS AND AWARDS

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1994
Ryals Foundation Scholar
Frances Wood Wilson Scholar
ABA Mentor

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Phone: (912) 764-7388
Cell Phone: (912) 536-2334
E-mail: troy@marshlaw1.com
Fax: (912) 489-7325
Website: www.marshlaw1.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/troymarshpc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMarshLawFirm
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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/troymarshlawfirm

ADDRESS

THE MARSH LAW FIRM
Post Office Box 1897
Statesboro, Georgia 30459

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Statesboro, Georgia 30458

 

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