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Edward A. Marshall is a partner in the Litigation and Employee Benefits Practices. Mr. Marshall returned to the firm in 2006 after serving two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.

Mr. Marshall focuses his practice on litigating and resolving complex business disputes, and has successfully resolved multiple controversies arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). In addition, Mr. Marshall devotes a substantial portion of his practice to representing payment card processors in disputes with merchants, bankruptcy trustees, the Federal Trade Commission, and the United States Government. He has successfully represented both claimants and defendants in multi-million dollar controversies, with experience before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Marshall is a frequent author and speaker on topics including ERISA litigation, RICO, and principles of effective advocacy. He has been published in the Journal of Pension Benefits, the Georgia Bar Journal, Practical Litigator, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. He is a past chair of the Employee Benefits Section of the State Bar of Georgia. When not practicing law, Mr. Marshall enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and cycling.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    14 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 20%
    14 years
  3. Employment: 10%
    14 years

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Contact info

171 17th Street, N.W., Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA, 30363-1031


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerGeorgia Super Lawyers2014
Rising Star, Business LitigationGeorgia Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarGeorgia Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarGeorgia Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarGeorgia Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarGeorgia Super Lawyers2009
Willis J. Richardson, Jr. AwardN/A2002
Donald P. Gilmore, Jr. Memorial AwardN/A2002
Order of the CoifN/A2002
Award for Excellence in Study of Employment Discrimination N/A2001
American Bar Association Award for the Study of Labor LawN/A2001
State Bar of Georgia Award for Excellence in Labor LawN/A2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerArnall Golden Gregory LLP2006 - Present
Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard W. StoryUnited States District Court Northern District of Georgia2004 - 2006
AssociateArnall Golden Gregory LLP2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association CLE Board of TrusteesBoard Member2013 - Present
Federal Bar Association, Atlanta ChapterMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Payment Systems Litigation Subcommittee2002 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Employee Benefits SectionChair2011 - 2013
American Inns of CourtBarrister2007 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Pension BenefitsForfeiture for Competition Clauses: Using ERISA Preemption to Augment State Law Protections on Post-Employment Competition2013
ISO & AgentFTC Misconstrues Chargebacks in “Crackdown” on Acquiring Industry2013
Journal of Pension BenefitsFissures in the Facade of Hecker: Emerging Exposure to 401(k) Fee Litigation Liability2011
Law Firm Partnership and Benefits ReportExpanding Fiduciary Exposure Under ERISA: The New DOL Participant-Disclosure Regulations2011
Georgia Bar JournalA Factor: Denial of Benefit Claims under ERISA in the 11th Circuit and Georgia District Courts Two Years after Metropolitan Life Insurance Company v. Glenn2010
Georgia Bar JournalCaught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Invocation of the Privilege against Self-Incrimination in Civil Cases2009
Georgia Bar JournalA Phoenix Rising: Elimination of the Requirement of First-Person Reliance under Civil RICO and its Implications for Georgia Litigants2009
The Practical LitigatorWhat Two Years As a Litigator-Turned-Law-Clerk Taught Me About the Fundamentals of Effective Advocacy in the Federal Courts2008
Industrial Relations Law JournalTitle VII’s Participation Clause & Circuit City Stores v. Adams: Making the Foxes Guardians of the Chickens2003
Employee Rights and Employment Policy JournalExcluding Participation in Internal Complaint Mechanisms from Absolute Retaliation Protection: Why Everyone, Including the Employer, Loses2001
Georgia Law ReviewMedical Malpractice in the New Eugenics: Relying on Innovative Tort Doctrine to Provide Relief when Gene Therapy Fails2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Samford UniversityPsychologyB.S.1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Employee Benefits CLEERISA Litigation 101: A 10,000 Foot View of Disputes Involving Employee Benefits2012
Annual Employee Benefits CLEEmerging Exposure to ERISA 401(k) Fee Litigation Liability2011
AGG Employment Law SeminarThe Growing Target on Your Back: Expanding Exposure to ERISA Fiduciary Liability and New Regulatory Mandates2011
Annual Employee Benefits CLEPerspectives on Met Life v. Glenn: Two Years Later2010
Arnall Golden Gregory Employment Law SeminarAvoiding and Effectively Defending Against ERISA Litigation2009
Arnall Golden Gregory Employment Law SeminarRetaliation Revisited: The Effect of Burlington-Northern on Retaliation Claims Two Years Later2008
University of Georgia School of LawClarity, Credibility, and Civility: What Two Years as a Practitioner-Turned-Law-Clerk Taught Me About Effective Advocacy in the Federal Courts2007
Arnall Golden Gregory Employment Law SeminarLitigation Under Section 510 of ERISA: Discrimination, Interference, and Retaliation in the Context of Employee Benefit Plans 2007
Arnall Golden Gregory Employment Law SeminarChanging How You Pay Your Employees: Understanding the New (and Approved?) FLSA Overtime Regulations2004
Arnall Golden Gregory Employment Law SeminarWhistleblowers, Retaliation, Retaliation and Traditional Employee Investigations: Reacting to the Problem Employee without Creating Additional Risk2003