David W. MarstonDavid Marston concentrates his practice in the general corporate area, including internal investigations and corporate governance issues. He recently represented the Special Litigation Committee of a public company in a major internal investigation. Mr. Marston also has had extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the context of companies being acquired out of Chapter 11 proceedings following reorganization.
Following graduation from Harvard Law School in 1967, Mr. Marston served as an officer on active duty in the U.S. Navy until 1970. He began his private practice as an associate at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia. In 1973, Mr. Marston was designated by U.S. Senator Richard S. Schweiker to serve on his Washington staff as Legislative Counsel, with additional responsibilities in the constituent relations and speechwriting areas.
In 1976, Mr. Marston was appointed by President Ford to serve as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In that office, he compiled a nationally recognized record of successful prosecutions against corruption. Following that service, Mr. Marston was the Republican candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia.
Thereafter, Mr. Marston started his own legal practice, and in 1985, he was selected by the Pittsburgh-based firm of Buchanan Ingersoll to head up and expand its Philadelphia office. That office had grown to approximately 40 attorneys by 1994, when Mr. Marston left to become a partner at Reed Smith. There, he was head of the Reed Smith corporate practice in their Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York offices.
Mr. Marston has authored books on the FBI ("Inside Hoover's FBI: The Top Field Chief Reports," Doubleday, with Neil J. Welch) and legal profession ("Malice Aforethought," Wm. Morrow), and has authored numerous articles in various publications including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
EducationHarvard Law School (J.D., 1967)
Maryville College (B.A., History/English, 1964)
Professional AdmissionsSupreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1967
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 1967
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1976
Professional ActivitiesMember, American Bar Association
Member, Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Publications"Distressed Debt: Forget the Vultures, Your Lenders May Be Circling," Corporate & Finance Alert, September 8, 2009
"Downsizing Danger: Will the WARN Act Apply?," Corporate & Finance Alert, August 4, 2009
"An inside scoop on talk radio," Philadelphia Inquirer, May 17, 2009
"Corbett's Choice: Prosecute or Politick," Philadelphia Inquirer, April 8, 2009
"DIP Financing Issues and Alternatives," Corporate & Finance Alert, April 7, 2009
"Lock Up the Greedy Wall Street Crooks?
A Prosecutor's Perspective," Corporate & Finance Alert, October 28, 2008
"Lawyer's Screed Aims at Outrage, Succeeds Only at Annoyance," The Baltimore Sun, June 18, 2006
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