A Raleigh native and Managing Partner at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, F. Marshall Wall represents clients in a wide range of disputes encompassing business, commercial, and intellectual property matters. Marshall counsels businesses on employment matters, corporate formation and governance issues. Marshall’s clients include businesses of all types and sizes, municipalities and government entities, and individuals.
A seasoned trial attorney, Marshall also handles a variety of disputes involving trucking and transportation, employment matters, landlord/tenant issues, regulatory matters, and product liability. Marshall has handled a substantial number of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases and has served as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina. He has been successful* in obtaining favorable results for clients through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution forums.
Marshall maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity.
*Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.
Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.
Business and Cyber & Privacy
- Represented supplier of building materials in the trial of a case involving allegations of breach of contract and violation of North Carolina’s Uniform Commercial Code.
- Represented franchisee in negotiating amendments to franchise agreements for numerous retail locations.
- Prepared and negotiated asset purchase agreement for substantially all the assets of a North Carolina LLC by a competitor.
- Represented commercial property owners in the sale of property for more than $1,000,000 including handling various contractual issues related to alleged environmental contamination.
- Advised non-profit mental health agency on cyber insurance coverage.
- Represented physician and clinic with regard to HIPAA compliance issue and alleged breach of physician-patient privilege.
Employment, Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation
- Served as lead counsel for an agricultural employer in a wage and hour class action filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina involving claims of violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.
- Represented a company through an OSHA investigation following a fatality accident. The investigation resulted in no citations against the business.
- Represented a technology company before the North Carolina Business Court in a case involving alleged breach of contract and unfair trade practices.
- Represented co-owner of technology company in litigation related to ownership of business and related intellectual property issues.
- Represented a home builder in a copyright dispute in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
- Handled covenant not to compete and employment issues for a large national company.
- Represented private and public employers at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defending charges of discrimination filed by employees, including during investigations, at mediation, and at conciliation.
Trucking and Transportation
- Served as lead counsel for a trucking company in a wrongful death case involving punitive damages claims for violation of hours of service rules and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).
- Served as lead counsel for motor carrier in catastrophic injury case with punitive damages claim based on allegations of improper vehicle maintenance and high Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) scores in related Behavioral Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC).
- Successfully defended a commercial truck driver and his employer in a jury trial in Sampson County Superior Court.
- Served as lead counsel for a trucking company and its driver in setting aside a $1,000,000 default judgment entered against them. The case was ultimately resolved for $50,000.
- Regularly handles pre-suit investigations of wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims.
Products Liability/Fire Loss
- Served as lead counsel for a product manufacturer in a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in a wrongful death lawsuit arising from a fire allegedly started by the company’s product.
- Obtained a favorable settlement for a fire alarm monitoring company sued in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina as the result of arson at a church property resulting in a loss of more than $3,000,000.
- Represented an RV dealer in a case alleging negligence and breach of warranty due to a fire in a recreational vehicle.
- Represented food and beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in claims asserting adulteration of products.
- Won summary judgment in personal injury claim by a patient who claimed she sustained injuries as a result of her fall at a local hospital. The decision was affirmed by a unanimous opinion from the Court of Appeals.
- Won summary judgment for a business owner sued by a customer who claimed that she sustained a skull fracture and serious permanent head injuries as a result of an accident at the business. The decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.
- Obtained summary judgment in wrongful death case against property owner in Forsyth County. Plaintiff’s appeal was dismissed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
- Won dismissal of lawsuit against out-of-state business on jurisdictional grounds. This is believed to be the first appellate case in North Carolina to deal with jurisdiction based on a “passive” web site.
Municipal and Police
- As lead counsel, won summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina for a municipality sued by a landowner alleging violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and other constitutional violations as the result of a zoning decision by the town’s board of adjustment.
- Represented municipalities in cases involving alleged use of excessive force and other violations of civil rights by law enforcement officers.
Articles, Presentations, and Publications
- “CSA – A Review and Overview,” North Carolina Trucking Association, December 2011
- “Bifurcation of Civil Trials in Trucking Cases,” February 2010 edition of the DRI magazine “For The Defense”
- “Preparing the Truck Driver for Deposition,” The Harmonie Group Transportation Seminar in Chicago, IL, 2009
- “Crime and Punishment: Punitive Damages in North Carolina,” CSH Seminar, 2005
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On Sept. 30, Marshall Wall addressed a CLE event sponsored by the Triad Chapter of the RTA-ACC. He provided an overview and update on SEC, FTC and federal laws that govern data protection and duties owed to customers in the event of a cybersecurity or data breach.… Read More
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) announced today that F. Marshall Wall has been named Managing Partner. Wall, a partner in the firm and current Chair of the Business Law and Cyber Liability and Privacy Practice Groups, will assume the role in January 2016.
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Wall obtained summary judgment on behalf of a larger regional hospital in which plaintiff sought damages for injuries suffered when she tripped and fell in the hospital’s parking lot. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision finding the plastic base was apparent and that the plaintiff’s ability to see the plastic base was not obstructed.… Read More
Marshall Wall won summary judgment for a municipality sued as the result of a zoning dispute with a landowner. The landowner, a trust, wanted to put a church into a commercial property that it owned, but the property was not zoned for church use.… Read More
Marshall Wall, Chair of the Cyber Liability Litigation Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Business Law Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently selected to join the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).… Read More
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CSH Law was recently recognized by Campbell Law School for making the initial contribution to Campbell’s Student Bar Association (SBA) Scholarship Fund.… Read More