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John S. Marshall

Employment and labor Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

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I practice in civil rights and employment law to make a difference, help people and to sometimes change companies and government for the better—and because it is one of the most challenging areas of law.

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Marshall and Forman LLC
250 Civic Center Dr Ste 480
Columbus, OH, 43215-5086


4.0 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2015
An highly skilled attorney who really cares...
John Marshall held my hand and guided me through one of the most difficult professional (and personal) experiences of my life. Not only was he patient with all of my many questions but he gave me individualized answers that made sense for my unique situation. I never felt like I was "just another client" or that he was leading me in a direction that was more beneficial to his agenda and timeline than to mine. He was honest and direct but in a kind and empathetic way that never made me feel "small". Because gender discrimination and retaliation were my issues, I believed a female attorney would be my best choice for an advocate. However, when I asked for recommendations from my attorney friends (many of whom are women) John was recommended more than any other. They informed me that if they were in a similar situation, John would be their first choice for representation. I took their advice and I'm glad I did... My situation was resolved in a very timely manner to the "mutual satisfaction" of all involved. When this all started, I never thought I would be able to say that. I figured I would be dealing with this for years. But with John's knowledge of the law and understanding of our State and Federal systems, I was given 2 years of my life back along with closure. Finally, my personal situation called for some additional "after the paperwork was signed" legal help. John and his team offered to assist and have been there to guide me through these "extra" steps. While this is above and beyond what was initially agreed to, John is committed to assuring all loose ends are tied up and that I am satisfied, not just with the initial results, but with the entire experience. Speaking from personal experience, as I've been in the client service industry my entire career, finding a service professional who voluntarily continues to work after their fee has been collected, is like finding a diamond in the rough. John is a gem, indeed.
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Posted by Dan | April 17, 2015
Tremendously Effective and Professional counsel
John has, on two separate occasions, provided employment counsel that was wise, straight-forward, and clear, resulting in a very successful conclusion to the matter being addressed. John was able to quickly identify the key points of contention, suggest effective ways to present my points, and the result in both cases was an efficient and effective, and highly satisfying conclusion. I have personally referred more than a few people to John and the feedback I get is consistent with my experience as described.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
statewide settlement
Mr. Marshall represented me in a class action suit and settled out of court. Although I never met him in person, it is commendable to settle out of court in a timely manner; this credits him in two ways....he knew he represented persons who had been wronged, and he was able to distribute the settlement within months instead of years. For those reasons I gave him a five star rating.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
John Marshall came very highly recommended to me when I needed the services of an employment lawyer. I had already known of his stellar reputation in this field. I can attest to the fact he totally lives up to this reputation. He surpassed all of my expectations. Drawing on his many years of legal experience, he provided sound, practical advice, and helped me navigate the process in a professional, thoughtful, and compassionate way. I felt so fortunate to have John as my advocate. He was always very approachable and tremendously responsive to my questions. He moved the process along in an extremely timely fashion, and the matter was successfully resolved. I am immeasurably grateful for the guidance John provided throughout the process. I would very highly recommend John to anyone.
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Posted by William | May 21, 2015
Battle Tested
Mr. Marshall represented me in a civil action against a nationally known company with unlimited resources. It was an uphill battle but Mr. Marshall never backed off the attack. He was never intimidated. His legal expertise was impressive! He was always approachable and patiently answered my many questions about legal proceedings until I was satisfied. As a physician, I know how important it is for people to understand all their options when facing difficult situations. Mr. Marshall made me feel comfortable and well informed about my legal decisions in this action. The matter was resolved to my satisfaction and I was very pleased with his work. I highly recommend him and would not hesitate to use his services again.
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Posted by Michael | May 18, 2015
Knowledge and experience to give realistic expectations and practical advice
John was invaluable to me and my wife on two separate occasions regarding contracts - the first due to my own ignorance and the second to prevent me from repeating that mistake. I appreciate the fact that John gives realistic advice, which comes from decades of experience. He is a highly effective lawyer who works with you on a personal level. I would gladly recommend John to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Good advice
Return my message and sent a good advice.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I contacted John Marshall's firm for a consultation, based on the glowing online reviews. I was greatly disappointed and immediately regretful. John was extremely rude and discourteous to me as a professional, after he learned my identity. He said that he couldn't help me because I was a felon, but he advertises that his firm represents people that have been wrongfully convicted and maliciously prosecuted. That is why I called his firm. As a black female professional, which he knew from my case, I felt very disrespected at his reference to me. His tone was abrasive and very condescending. The way in which John Marshall dismissed and disregarded me on the phone, in the presence of others in his office, (he put me on speakerphone) was humiliating and denigrating to me as a black woman. I would not recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2015
Absolutely do not recommend
This lawyer was referred to me with reviews such as those on this site but the experience that I had being a client of Mr. Marshall was very, very different. He was very disorganized and consistently late with communications, for example, not sending me a bill for months and then demanding that I pay the very large amount immediately. But much worse in my experience was his patronizing, dismissive attitude toward any questions that I asked, including a communication from him where he said that he didn't want me asking him questions! He also did not copy me on his communications to the opposing counsel (hence my questions), which other lawyers had always done and was generally very slow to keep me informed. I lost all confidence in him when he gave me advice on another related matter which seemed so questionable that I sought out a legal opinion from two other attorneys, both of which strongly recommending against Mr. Marshall's advice. At that point, I withdrew as a client of Mr. Marshall and got new counsel who were very different from Mr. Marshall in their presentation of my case, their responsiveness, and their partnership with me in the case. Having experienced these two very different lawyers for my case, I absolutely would not recommend Mr. Marshall.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-450 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Marshall and Forman LLC
  • 1983 - Present


  • Ohio State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Denison University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980


  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 5 Columbus Area Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year -- Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 5 Columbus Lawyers
  • Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year -- Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 10 Lawyers in the State of Ohio
  • Superlawyers
  • 2012
  • Professionalism Award
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • 2011
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  • Aspatore Books
  • Representing Employees in Sexual Harassment Cases
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Tucker Ellis
  • Employment & Employee Benefits Law
  • 2016
  • 7th Annual Trial Skills Institute
  • Voir Dire and Panel Discussion
  • 2016
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Assoc. Seminar
  • Employment Law, ADR in Employment
  • 2015
  • Annual Convention
  • Paper Discovery
  • 2015
  • OSBA Federal Court Practice Committee
  • Discussion on Federal Rule Changes
  • 2014
  • Midwest Labor Law Conference
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • 2014
  • OSBA webcast
  • Gender Issues in the Workplace
  • 2013
  • OSBA Basics of Employment Law
  • Common Law Wrongful Discharge
  • 2013
  • Midwest Labor Law Seminar
  • Disipline & Discharge
  • 2013
  • Midwest Labor Law Conference
  • Hiring Discrimination: The New Risk
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse John
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is the best of the best. Period. His knowledge, expertise, honesty, sincerity, success, leadership and so many other outstanding qualities are exemplary and of the highest caliber possible. Mark Kitrick"
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Marshall is a leader in the Columbus and Ohio legal communities, particularly among those who represent employees. His combination of effectiveness, integrity, and courtesy is unique in our field. He is the first person I would think of when referring an employment case to another lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with John for many years. He is competent, effective, dependable and ethical. I endorse John without hesitation."
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Columbus Employment and labor Lawyer John S. Marshall
John S. Marshall
Employment and labor Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 40 years