David W. Marston

David 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.

Harvard Law School (J.D., 1967)

Maryville College (B.A., History/English, 1964)

Professional Admissions
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1967

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 1967

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1976

Professional Activities
Member, American Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania State Bar Association

"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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David W. Marston Attorney at Law
David W. Marston

Practice Areas
Government Affairs

Contact Information
1700 Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2769

Direct: 215-446-6204
Fax:      215-446-6300
dmarston @gibbonslaw.com
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