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Margaret E. Ruthenberg-Marshall

Family Attorney at DECATUR, GA

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also known as Max

  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 11 years
    California - CA 12 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2012
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Max Ruthenberg-Marshall is an experienced attorney who focuses her practice exclusively on family law. Prior to opening her own firm, Max worked for a well-known family law firm in metro Atlanta. Max knows that it is not only her knowledge, but also her compassion that is important in assisting her clients through the stressful domestic litigation process. Max is committed to making the litigation process as stress-free and cost-effective as possible for her clients as she advocates for their goals.

In addition to her work representing clients, Max serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem, representing the interests of children in contested custody cases. Max’s work as a Guardian also helps her advocate for parents in contested custody cases, since she has experience working both as an advocate for parents and an advocate for children. This experience is particularly helpful when representing a parent in a custody case where the Court appoints a Guardian to the child, since that parent’s case needs to be advocated both to the Judge and to the Guardian.

Max also has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence both in pursuing Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and in divorce and other family law cases where there is a history of domestic violence. Max understands the unique challenges victims of domestic violence face and how participating in litigation can compound these issues.

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708 Church Street
DECATUR, GA, 30030


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Porchlight
  • 2015 - Present


  • George Washington University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Maryland
  • B.A. English
  • 2007


  • Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Vice President of Membership
  • 2018 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association for Women Business Owners
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Decatur Business Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Co-Chair of Membership
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Intown NNB Leader
  • 2013 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star 2019
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite 2018
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2018
  • Committee of the Year - Membership Committee
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite 2017
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Developing Lawyers Series: Toolkit Essentials For Success
  • Networking 101
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Max and worked with her for several years. She is an excellent attorney and is incredibly passionate about advocating for her clients. I would not hesitate to send her a family law referral or to ask her advice on a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unreservedly recommend Ms. Ruthenberg-Marshall. From sensitive custodial matters to acrimonious family law issues, Ms. Ruthenberg-Marshall's knowledge of her practice area is unsurpassed."
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