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Lance T. Marshall

DUI and DWI Attorney at State College, PA

3.7   16 reviews

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About Lance

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    While I provide legal advice, assistance and representation in many areas, I always seek to maintain a reputation for specializing in client service and satisfaction. I understand that the clients' objectives determine legal strategies, not vice versa. I am committed to these objectives, and in order to meet them effectively and efficiently, I bring to bear my talent, experience, energy, common sense and integrity.

    28 years

  2. DUI and DWI

    28 years

  3. Child custody

    28 years

  4. Divorce and separation

    28 years

  5. Family

The Law Offices of Lance T. Marshall, P.C., is located in the heart of downtown State College.  We practice exclusively in the areas of criminal law and family law.  We feel this multi-discplinary approach offers the widest and most complete range of services to meet our clients needs.  At the Law Offices of Lance T. Marshall, P.C., it is our mission to keep you informed and to protect your rights.

Licensed for 27 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Offices of Lance T. Marshall, P.C.,
209 East Beaver Avenue
State College, PA, 16801


3.7 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch representation
We sought Lance’s help on a very difficult situation for our daughter which included domestic violence and issues that could have affected her career in the long run due to false allegations being made in retaliation for finally having her husband arrested. Lance was responsive, fair and extremely knowledgeable about the laws. We found him to be honest and never gave us false hope but was able to always paint a clear picture of what the next steps would be. My daughter is finally free and can move on happily with her life thanks to Lance. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone that needs an experienced attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not Guilty
After having Lance Marshall work on my case for over two years, I have acquired a great deal of respect for his practice. Although quiet and soft spoken, his words hit with a punch that the jury relates to. Lance had such skill in winning my case and displaying the facts, I would suggest him for any person facing criminal accusations. Lance T. Marshall is the way to go!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Grateful
I came to Lance when I was going through a horrible experience. He was patient and kind as he explained the legal process of my situation. There was a deep level of humanity in his approach combined with logic and expertise. I am very grateful for all of his help and would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I was in bad position of needing a attorney for a marriage (spousal) legal matter. I hired Mr Marshall, who I can not thank enough for helping me, Not only a super lawyer, also a benevolent person, Thank You sir.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
It does not get better than Lance Marshall.
Simply put, he is the best lawyer State College has to offer. Once you hire Lance Marshall, you will realize that this man was legitimately born to go to trial and he ultimately wins his trials. In a county where there are corrupt district attorneys trying to prove not just the defendant guilty, but also the client that THEY are supposed to represent on behalf of the Commonwealth, Lance Marshall cuts through all of their facetious, manipulative tactics and does so with a calm, soft-spoken, and confident attitude. Recently, Lance Marshall picked my jury for a trial. I was innocent, and wanted to prove such, so I refused to take a crap deal from the district attorneys, who are so desperate to get a conviction at this particular time in order to cover up the bad press they've been getting. Because he is such an excellent judge of character, the jury rightfully found me not guilty of my accused crime. He genuinely believed I was innocent and the jury saw that. He used the definition of the law I was accused of breaking to tell the jury there was simply no way they could find me guilty, whereas the district attorneys used guilt tripping and "statistical" information to try and persuade the jury. It became clear to the jury that the district attorneys were suggesting I was guilty until proven innocent. The district attorneys bashed my fiancé, the person who they were supposed to "represent," trying to convict her of things also. That didn't fly with the jury. Lance Marshall was able to pick people who he thought were competent and productive members of society to prove my innocence, and he succeeded. Lance Marshall is smart and knows the law well and does not have to rely on intimidation tactics to get what he wants. He does not have to bully people to scare them into believing him. He simply states facts, uses logic, and exercises his vast knowledge of the law to his advantage. This is not the first time I hired Lance Marshall. He has seen me through my darkest days of life and has made sure that I got what I needed in order to not ruin the rest of my life because I made a few bad decisions. Each time was a complete success. If you want a lawyer who will get back to you in a prompt manner, hire Lance Marshall. If you want a lawyer who will go up and over the top to represent you, hire Lance Marshall. If you want a lawyer who will take time out of his busy day to sit you down in his office and go over the details of your case, hire Lance Marshall. If something changes in your case, or new information arises, he will call you and let you know so that you are just as informed as he is. There is no such thing as "leaving you in the dark," as many lawyers love to do. His motto is "I am not representing clients, I am re-presenting clients." Think about that statement. He sincerely loves what he does, and his passion for his career shows in his quality of work. Sure, you will pay a little extra money, but the saying goes, "You get what you pay for." Every dollar spent on Lance Marshall's representation is worth it. He is competent, friendly, and punctual: three things a client needs in a lawyer when they're in a rut. The district attorney's office legitimately fears him in trials, and rightfully so. Again, I repeat, simply the best lawyer in State College. Call him up. You will be so very thankful that you did.
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Posted by Courtney | October 15, 2014
Highly Recommended
Lance was always available to answer any question I had and was very quick to respond to both emails and phone calls. He cares about your case and makes sure that you are represented to the fullest extent. I would highly recommend Mr. Marshall!
Posted by ALLEN | October 22, 2013
Posted by Mary | July 11, 2013
I recommend Lance Marshall
I switched lawyers to Lance Marshall after I was dissatisfied with my previous lawyer during my divorce case. I switched because I heard Lance could really help me and he did. He did exactly what I thought a lawyer should do. We discussed fees and I signed a fee agreement. He gave me details on when and how he worked on my case. He answered all of my phone calls and always seemed to have a good answer. My old lawyer never seemed to have time for me, but Lance always made time for me. He listened to my concerns when it came to my children and always addressed those concerns professionally. I also listened to his advice when it came to financial matters and I am satisfied that I did. I would tell anyone to use Lance Marshall.
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Posted by Barry | June 29, 2013
Absolutely would recommend Mr. Marshall. He got me an excellent result for me and it's only because he worked hard and persisted in pressuring the District Attorney. He always told me 'facts decide cases' and I thought I had good facts. I can only presume that the people who were disappointed with Mr. Marshall had bad facts. It was my observation that both the District Attorney and the Judge respected Mr. Marshall.
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Posted by Brian | April 27, 2011
Lance represented my son at Penn State when he was charged with a crime. Lance met with us, told us what was going to happen and everything he told us would happen, actually did happen. I was glad we hired Lance Marshall and I have no problem recommending him to anyone.
Posted by Dorothy | August 14, 2009
Very helpful
Lance did a very good job keeping me informed of what was going on in my case. He told me he would return my phone calls and e-mails within 24 hours and he did that. He also knew my case very well.
Posted by Anon | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stepped down as Asst Da in 2009/Bad experience
If one does homework on Mr Marshall he stepped down as Asst D.A in 09. Mr Marshall mishandled my case badly and spoke to me very badly in my opinion. I have to live with the repercussions of his mishandling and lack of advocacy on my case. You hire a lawyer to argue and advocate for you and it was said that things were not argued. I was harmed in my case, in the mishandling of it and in I feel how I was spoken to as well. My case was very sloppily and incorrectly handled and lost. I also felt intimidated as a client which is not something one wants to feel from an attorney hired and paid well to represent your interests. He did not argue on my behalf in my opinion and I feel pretty much written into the decision. The opposing counsels statements about me were practically complimentary in comparison to his "representation" of me. I have no criminal record and was a victim with circumstances flipped on me. Empathy and passionate advocacy would have been nice, but I wonder where one can find that with attorneys in this area. I feel it's often mostly about money and whether they like their clients or find them important. I've found that if attorneys don't like their clients they speak down to them argue with them and screw up their case. Mine was lost either on purpose or because of such a poor job. I would not recommend this attorney to anyone given my experience. Attorneys are in a position of power and with that should come kindness towards their clients and professionalism ideally.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Better off with a public defender than giving this guy your money
I hired Lance after finding out I was facing criminal charges. First of all he was next to impossible to reach, never responded to emails and when I would call and leave a message it was days until I got a call back. Lance never had a one on one consultation with me so I could sit down and explain my side of things. How is someone suppose to fight for you without knowing your story ? He did the bare minimum. Basically got me through the paper work. Did not fight for me at all. On top of everything else I never got a discovery packet or was able to see it when I asked him for it. It makes no sense to me. Terrible mistake hiring Lance for a lawyer. If I could go back in time I would, and hire someone who was on my side not the court's.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Worst Custody Lawyer.
Lost my case. Completing unprepared. Didn't send a bill for 2 months then has the gumption to say he won't work on my case until he gets paid while still not handing me a bill. He would not hardly consult me before the hearing and got his ass whooped by a public defender. He might be a better criminal lawyer but he is just a terrible custody lawyer. My case was a sure win he said at first when we talked about terminating rights.
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Response from Lance Marshall February 1, 2017
I have waited to respond to this comment. I certainly feel for this client. I share with this client's frustration that the Judge did not decide the case fairly and I have encouraged this client to appeal the decision. Every lawyer that regularly goes to court has experienced a bad decision by a judge and that is why there are appeals. I will say I never said this case was a "sure win" for this very reason. I told the client the Judge "should" rule in the client's favor.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2013
do not use this lawyer!!
I was very disappointed with Mr. Marshall. We took my case to trial, where he made a fool of himself and myself in the courtroom. It was made obvious during our trial that he never evenread the cops report of what happened, and then chose to appear in Clearfield for court on my sentencing day without even calling or rescheduling or returning our phone calls. He left me in court by myself with no idea what was going on. After paying him, the least he could do is show up to a court date! Or return a phone call. if you want fair representation for your case, Lance Marshall is NOT who you want to hire!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2012
I retained Mr. Marshall in a custody case. He disclosed personal information to the opposing attorney that falls under client - attorney privilege. Mr. Marshall also negotiated his own agenda with the other attorney without discussing it with me and he did not listen to my proposal and request (his clients needs). Before I hired him I gave him copies of everything that happened from the time I started to pursue custody of my son including the current custody order and explained that we already had the custody hearing but I was unhapply with the current custody order. After he went to the first conference he stated "Why didn't you tell me you already had a custody hearing? That changes everything!" I did tell him several times and he had all the paperwork. All he had to do was read it. Very Disappointing! :(
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Lance T. Marshall
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Masorti & Sullivan
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Centre County District Attorney
  • 1998 - 2009
  • Public Defender
  • Chester County Public Defenders Office
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Clerk
  • Honorable Charles C Brown
  • 1994 - 1997
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  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Juniata College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Minotti
  • Not guilty
  • Holt v. Lehman
  • Court awarded primary custody to Father after trial.
  • Commonwealth of PA v. Maharaji Hemingway
  • Commonwealth appealed a pre-trial ruling.


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau - Western District
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Centre County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Past President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • State College Area Jaycees
  • Past President
  • 1995 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • State College Area Jaycees Distinguished Service Award
  • State College Area Jaycees
  • 2003
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I find that Attorney Marshal is the consummate professional, knowledgeable, and skilled in his trade both inside and outside the courtroom. I endorse Attorney Marshall."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Marshall is professional, competent, and thorough in the representation of his clients."
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