SunTrust Plaza
401 Commerce Street, Suite 1010
Nashville, Tennessee 37219T: 615.320.5200

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee Supreme Court, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2001
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2008
  • United State District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2010
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2012
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2013
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2016
  • Mississippi Supreme Court, 2016


Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

  • J.D., 2000

Florida State University

  • B.A., 1997
Marcia McShane

"To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities."

--Bruce Lee

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.


  • “The Maddening Defense of Mental Health Claims- Diagnosing the Malady and Dissecting the Methods,” webinar presented with the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, August 22, 2017
  • An open love letter to Justice Clarence Thomas, Employment & Labor Insider, May 19, 2016
  • Tennessee Tort Retaliatory Discharge for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim, National Business Institute, June 3, 2015
  • Presenter, Corporate Counsel Forum 2013: What's New? - Tennessee Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Section, March 1, 2013
  • Sterling Education Services Presenter, "Employment Law Update Seminar,"July 13, 2011 (Registration available online via link above)
  • Quoted, EEOC Conciliation Efforts Ruling is Only a Partial Victory for Employers, Business Insurance Magazine, May 10, 2010
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation in Tennessee, National Business Institute, December 2004-2006
  • Reducing Workers' Compensation Claims and Costs in Your Company, National Business Institute, February 2006
  • Workers' Compensation for the Small Business Owner, Brentwood/Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable, May 2007
  • Employer Update in Workers' Compensation, Sponsored by TA Staffing, April 2008
  • Workers' Compensation Case Preparation Techniques, National Business Institute, February 2009

Awards & Recognition

  • Named Top 50 Women by Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2015-2016
  • Named Super Lawyer 2013-2016 by Super Lawyers
  • Named Rising Star 2012 by Super Lawyers

Professional Activities/Associations

  • Rule 31 Listed Mediator
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers' Association, Bench & Bar Committee
  • Mid-South Workers' Compensation Association
  • LAW (Lawyers' Association for Women)

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

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