Overview

Marcia represents employers in all aspects of employment matters. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford.

Marcia's trial experience includes employment cases across Tennessee and the South. During her representation of small business owners, local manufacturers and national employers, she gained experience defending complex claims at the administrative, trial and appellate levels. Marcia also serves as an arbitrator for employment related matters.

Marcia is admitted to practice law in all state courts in Tennessee and Mississippi, the US District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee, the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the US District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and the Supreme Court of the United States.

She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Defense Lawyers’ Association where she served six years as its representative for the Bench-Bar Committee. Marcia was one of 32 attorneys across Tennessee selected for the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2011, which she graduated from in June 2011. Marcia now serves on the Leadership Law Steering Committee, planning programming for future leadership classes. In 2011, Marcia was selected to serve on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Glass Ceiling Initiative, charged with exploring the best practices for female attorneys in the legal profession and examining gender-based pay disparities. She is also a Rule 31 Listed Mediator.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished® 
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2013-2017)
  • Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2012)
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program (2011)
  • Top 50 Women, Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2015-2016)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Rule 31 Listed Mediator
  • Mid-South Workers' Compensation Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Leadership Law Steering Committee
    • Glass Ceiling Taskforce (2011-present)
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Bench Bar Committee Representative 
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Lawyers' Association for Women

About Me

When not working, Marcia enjoys traveling, hiking and eating good food.

News & Analysis

Client Presentations & Firm Publications

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "#Me Too: It's Not Just Hollywood's Problem," webinar presented with the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, July 2018
  • “The Maddening Defense of Mental Health Claims- Diagnosing the Malady and Dissecting the Methods,” webinar presented with the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, August 2017
  • “An open love letter to Justice Clarence Thomas,” Employment & Labor Insider, May 2016
  • “Tennessee Tort Retaliatory Discharge for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim,” presented for the National Business Institute, June 2015
  • Presented for the Tennessee Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Forum 2013: What's New, March 2013
  • “Employment Law Update Seminar,” presented to Sterling Education Services, July 2011
  • “EEOC Conciliation Efforts Ruling is Only a Partial Victory for Employers” (quoted), Business Insurance Magazine, May 2010
  • “Workers' Compensation Case Preparation Techniques,” presented for the National Business Institute, February 2009
  • “Employer Update in Workers' Compensation,” presented for TA Staffing, April 2008
  • “Workers' Compensation for the Small Business Owner,” presented for the Brentwood/Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable, May 2007
  • “Reducing Workers' Compensation Claims and Costs in Your Company,” presented for the National Business Institute, February 2006
  • “Advanced Workers' Compensation in Tennessee,” presented for the National Business Institute, December 2004-2006

Blogs & Videos

Blog Posts

  • "To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."
  • Bruce Lee

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Disputes

Education

Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

  • J.D., 2000

Florida State University

  • B.A., 1997

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2000
  • Mississippi, 2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
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