Michael L. Marshall - Member

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Baltimore, Maryland
410-497-8433 (Local)
877-736-1845 (Toll free)
410-543-5398 (Local)

There is no substitute for knowing your client well, knowing the case completely and through preparation.  A good attorney can never be too prepared. 


Mr. Marshall, a partner at SBW Law, joined the firm in 1982.  Michael has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of issues involving police officers' rights in the State and Federal Courts, including the appellate courts. He is a frequent speaker on police officers' rights and also practices in the areas of civil rights, employment law, and defense of law enforcement officers accused of police misconduct, both in civil litigation and in administrative proceedings.  In the past year, he has expanded his practice to include family law, wills and consumer defense matters.


Outside of the office, Michael enjoys competitive team trivia and baseball. He is an active member of the Maryland Zoo.

Areas of Practice

  • Law Enforcement Disciplinary Matters
  • Police Officers' Rights
  • Civil Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Wills, Advance Directives

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: Chairperson of the Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Member, International Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Recipient of the Cunningham Award for exceptional achievement and service to the school
  • University of Oklahoma
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • "Causation in Employment Discrimination Analysis: A Proposed Marriage of the Croson and Wards Cove Rationales", 20 Univ.Balt.L.R.307 , 1991

Representative Cases

  • Lead Counsel defending sworn Baltimore Police Department members
  • Smith v. Pagotto - 1997
  • Quarles V. Smothers - 1999
  • Contract With City of Baltimore 2010-2018, over 250 cases


  • Co-Instructor with Barry Goldman, University of Maryland, College Park Undergraduate Legal Advocacy Course, Fall Semester 1993
  • Lecturer regarding police issues for Lorman Education Services
  • Lecturer for In Service and Academy Training for various Maryland Police Departments
  • Moot Court Guest Judge - University of Maryland Francis King Carey Law School
  • Organizational Committee and Lecturer for 2014 International Municipal Lawyers
  • Association Annual Conference, held in Baltimore, Maryland, on defending police in civil law suits

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers for Labor Law-Union Labor, 2018, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Appointed to 2014-2015 Mayor’s Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body-Worn Cameras