Hello, let me introduce myself…
My name is Troy Marsh. I am a University of Georgia Alumnus. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Forest Resources in 1987 from the Warnell School of Forest Resources and a 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 in a wrongful death or catastrophic injury case, and sometimes it is the government in a criminal case. Either way, I represent people. I don’t represent companies.
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, 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. Over 31 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 void. So, in August, 1991, we left a debt-free life in my hometown of Statesboro and temporarily relocated 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, with a handful of criminal defense cases thrown in for good measure. 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 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 downsized due to budget cuts, I seized the opportunity to take all defense cases and open my own, solo practice in Statesboro in January, 1998. 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. It was during these years that I discovered my passion for criminal defense cases.
Since 1994, I have represented over 1500 people in criminal defense cases ranging from speeding to capital murder and DUI to aggravated assault in municipal, state, superior, and federal courts. In 1998, former Governor Zell Miller appointed me Solicitor-General of Screven County, Georgia, where I served approximately one year until the growing demands of my private practice required me to resign.
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 try to 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 24 and 21.
Hire me because I will do a good job for you, because I care, and because your case matters. You matter.
Hire me because I want to exceed your expectations. If you expect “A” work, I will work hard to deliver A++++++. I do not like to disappoint. I work very hard not to disappoint.
Hire me because I won’t pass you off to a junior associate. I don’t even have a junior associate to pass you off to. You will always know who your lawyer is. It will be me. Even if I associate another lawyer (because of her/his particular expertise on a specific issue at no additional cost to you), I will still be your lawyer, and you still talk to me.
Hire me because I choose not to make or appear in sleazy TV commercials that show people dancing around and acting like a legal matter is a party or a game. I despise those lawyers and their commercials. I believe they are deceptive and misleading, at least, and false, at worst. I believe they have done more to harm the the legal profession than anything else over the last 20 years. As long as the 1st Amendment protects tasteless advertising, it will be very difficult to reign in the hucksters and their trashy advertisements.
Hire me because I know what I’m doing in wrongful death, injury, and criminal cases. If, after getting into the case, I discover an issue that I don’t feel competent to handle, which by the way happens to every lawyer from time to time, I will take whatever action is necessary. I will not simply ignore it, keep it a secret from you, or pretend. I will not “wing it.” If we need the help of a brilliant lawyer in New York, we will associate her services – at no extra cost to you of course!
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
Trial attorney and owner of THE MARSH LAW FIRM, since 1998
Part-time instructor at Georgia Southern University, since 2013
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)
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
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1994
Ryals Foundation Scholar
Frances Wood Wilson Scholar
Office Phone: (912) 764-7388
Cell Phone: (912) 536-2334
THE MARSH LAW FIRM
Post Office Box 1897
Statesboro, Georgia 30459
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34 Courtland Street
Statesboro, Georgia 30458