A Raleigh native and Managing Partner at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, Marshall represents clients in a wide range of disputes encompassing business matters and commercial litigation. Marshall counsels businesses on employment matters, corporate formation and governance issues.  His clients include businesses of all types and sizes, municipalities and government entities, and individuals. Marshall has a particular interest in privacy and data security and holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) designation.  He is also board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in Privacy and Information Security. He was part of the first class of attorneys in North Carolina to be certified in this area of the law.

A seasoned trial attorney, Marshall also handles a variety of disputes involving trucking and transportation, employment, regulatory issues, 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 alternative dispute resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration. Marshall regularly handles cases in the North Carolina Business Court.

Marshall maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity. In addition, he serves on the Cranfill Sumner COVID-19 Response Team.

*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.

Representative Matters

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

  • Advised businesses related to data breach recovery and notification requirements.
  • Assisted companies in evaluating liability issues and pursuing claims related to business email compromise (BEC) and wire transfer fraud losses.
  • Represented a technology company in a transaction in which it acquired substantially all of the assets of a competitor.
  • 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 engaged in retail sales 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 issues.
  • Represented physician and clinic with regard to HIPAA compliance issue and alleged breach of physician-patient privilege.
  • Represented dental practices and individual dentists in practice dissolutions, shareholder departures, and employment disputes.

Employment and Commercial 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 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 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 assets and intellectual property.
  • 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.
  • Represented restaurant in wage and hour action in which employees sought class action status.
  • Represented a home builder in a copyright dispute in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  • Represented agribusiness in breach of contract and unfair trade practice action before the North Carolina Business Court.
  • 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.
  • Regularly handles pre-suit investigations of wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims.

Products and Premises Liability

  • 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.
  • 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.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • “Emerging Legal and Insurance Issues Related to COVID-19,”  Here To Help: Local Business Virtual Conference Series presented by Capitol Broadcasting Company and WRAL, May 2020.
  • “Are You Prepared for a Cyber Emergency? An Overview of Cyber Law and Best Practices,” NC Bar Association Paralegal Division Annual Meeting, May 2018
  • “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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