J. Marshall Martin, III
“I like helping clients structure transactions from the beginning – setting up a deal saying ‘You are in a better position if you put the equity in this way, and you need to get development fees and sponsor profits out this way.’ I’ve done that for a long time… and I’m pretty good at it.”
Marshall focuses his practice on commercial real estate matters, corporate finance, creditor and debtor relations, Georgia asset protection, workouts and Bankruptcy. Marshall's practice is focused in the Southeast but he also works with clients around the country.
“I have an economics background, and being a good asset protection / workout lawyer is really a combination of business analysis and then legal analysis. You need to understand the legal framework that sets up what lenders and creditors can do and what they can’t do. You have to make a determination – where is the client’s problem, where is their greatest exposure, what do they need to address on the business side, and how does that dovetail with the legal side. Frequently by changing small aspects of the structure of their setup, you can get a great deal more protection.”
Mr. Martin represents: lenders in secured transactions; developers in retail, office, medical office and industrial projects; large and small corporations on general corporate, employment, intellectual property and related issues; overseas and long-term investors and opportunistic investors.
Marshall received his undergraduate degree with a double major in Economics and Geology from the College of William and Mary before receiving his Juris Doctorate from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, graduating in the top three percent of his class and becoming a member of the Order of the Coif. When invited to join law review he did a cost benefit analysis between researching footnotes for endless hours or more fishing, all assuming he could stay in the top 10% of the class academically. Fishing won out and the assumption proved out as well and he started practice with the Firm that is now McKenna, Long, Aldridge.
During school, Mr. Martin was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Geological Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.