“Fighting against injustice and unfair business practices has been the main focus of my life for nearly forty years.
The best moments in my career have been when I could stand alongside a hard-working person or their family and fight like hell to get them their due, whether I was working with coal miners defending their livelihoods, or representing a nuclear worker who got fired for raising safety concerns, or representing a CFO or an accountant who stuck his neck out to stop fraud on taxpayers or investors. Representing deserving individuals against wealthy corporations is what energizes me more than anything else, and I get to do it every day. That’s why I love my job.”
Recognized as a top whistleblower and employment lawyer by Super Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine and Best Lawyers in America, David J. Marshall has successfully represented hundreds of whistleblowers and other employees in the financial, pharmaceutical, nuclear, aviation, healthcare, medical-device and other industries. He is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as “AV Preeminent,” its highest possible peer-review rating.
Mr. Marshall is a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, where he concentrates his practice on a wide range of corporate whistleblower matters. He represents individuals in the whistleblower-reward programs administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and also represents plaintiffs or “relators” in qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act. In addition, Mr. Marshall represents employees in claims arising under the whistleblower-protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and numerous other federal and state laws when they have faced retaliation from their employers for reporting corporate wrongdoing.
Along with co-counsel from Vogel, Slade & Goldstein, LLP, Mr. Marshall represented whistleblower Michael Lindley in U.S. ex rel. Lindley v. Gallup Organization, a qui tam and retaliation lawsuit that resulted in 2013 in the recovery of $10.5 million in taxpayer funds from a market-research company that called itself “the most trusted name in polling” in 2013. He has also achieved important whistleblower victories in cases involving entities such as the Architect of the Capitol (asbestos), Deutsche Bank (financial reporting), the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Plant (nuclear safety), and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (asbestos).
In addition to his work as a whistleblower lawyer, Mr. Marshall has successfully represented plaintiffs in sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and other workplace discrimination cases, and has extensive experience in the negotiation of complex executive employment and separation contracts.
From 1981 to 1984 Mr. Marshall practiced as a staff attorney with the Political Rights Defense Fund, where he represented trade unionists and political activists nationwide in civil liberties, free speech, defamation, and political asylum litigation. He then worked as a steelworker, garment worker, freight railroad conductor, and refinery worker for 12 years, and was a rank-and-file union activist in some of the nation’s largest industries and unions. He returned to the full-time practice of law in Washington, D.C., in 1997.
Mr. Marshall has appeared in numerous national and local media. He speaks frequently at legal conferences as an expert on whistleblower law, has written extensively on whistleblower issues, and has provided comments and training to government agencies regarding developments in the nation’s whistleblower laws.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Marshall serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees. He is the whistleblower-side co-chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section’s Subcommittee on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He is a member of the steering committee of the Shelley Davis Memorial Fund of Farmworker Justice, the nation’s premier legal-advocacy group fighting for the rights of farmworkers. He also sits on the advisory board of the Government Accountability Project, a leading whistleblower rights organization, and recently served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Foundation, an organization that uses litigation to advance consumers’ rights, workers’ rights, public health and safety, and access to the courts.
Mr. Marshall received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Emory University, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude.