Written by Troy Marsh |
Welcome to my blog.
First, an introduction. I am Troy Marsh. I am 47 years old. I was born and raised in Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia. My parents were born and raised in Statesboro, Georgia. As far as I know, 3 of my 4 grandparents were born and raised in Statesboro, Georgia. My only sibling and her husband were born and raised in Statesboro, and they live here with their children. My sweet wife and I have been married for 24 years and are raising our children right here in Bulloch County. My Bulloch County roots run deep.
I take my calling and my profession seriously. I became a lawyer because I was called to the profession, not because my parents insisted on it, not to get rich, not to prove anything to anyone else, and not to carry on a legacy. I am the first lawyer in my family. I was the first on my mother’s side of the family to finish college, much less become a lawyer. No, there were no worldly influences that drove me to the law. I was born to be a lawyer, to help others, and I am simply fulfilling my destiny.
In 1982, I graduated from Statesboro High School and attended Georgia Southern College (now Georgia Southern University) until 1985, taking a wide variety of courses in many different fields of study. Because Georgia Southern did not offer a degree in my major, I transferred to the University of Georgia to complete my undergraduate education in Forest Resources. Shortly after graduation from the University of Georgia, I married the love of my life and worked as a procurement and private consultant forester for four years until entering law school at Mercer University in 1991.
In 1994, I graduated from law school with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, finishing in the top ten percent of my class. At Mercer Law School, I was honored to be selected as a Frances Wood Wilson scholar, a Ryals Foundation scholar, and the 2L class representative. I received the American Jurisprudence award for scoring the highest grade in Sales. Upon graduation and passing the Bar exam on my first attempt, I went to work for the firm for whom I had worked during the summers while in law school.
For the next two years, I researched and prepared memoranda and briefs for the firm in civil cases, primarily involving questions of tort and contract law. I then went to work for a different firm, where my duties and responsibilities were very similar to those at the previous firm. It was during my employment with this second firm that I gained experience litigating and trying defense cases.
When the firm split up in 1997, I seized the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of opening and running my own law practice in my hometown. On January 1, 1998, I became self-employed as Troy W. Marsh, Jr., Attorney at Law, and established my practice in an office in downtown Statesboro. With a lot of hard work, dedication, and determination, my practice flourished, and I quickly outgrew the small office space. In 2002, I purchased one of Statesboro’s oldest and most beautiful Victorian style homes and moved my practice into a facility over three times the size of my first office. Barring some unforeseen circumstance, I plan to keep my practice at 226 South Zetterower Avenue, Statesboro, Georgia until the end of my career.
If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you, a friend, or a family member, know that you may call me, visit me in my office, or schedule an out-of-office meeting at a different location, and I will listen to you. If you, your friend, or your family member would benefit from my involvement in the matter, I will tell you that. If I do not believe that you, your friend, or your family member would benefit from my involvement, I will tell you. If I do not believe that you have a case, I will tell you. Either way, I will hear you out, and I will give you the reasons for my opinions.
I work very hard to under promise and over deliver. I do not want any client to feel disappointed, misled, or unpleasantly surprised for any reason. If it looks like you are going to jail, I will tell you. At the very minimum, you deserve the truth about your own fate.
One of the hardest things for me is the inability to predict with absolute certainty the outcome in a case. “What’s going to happen to me?” “Will I get enough money to pay all of my doctors?” “Am I going to jail?” I hear these questions during initial consultations and throughout the litigation process. It is normal to have these questions. It is expected that you will have questions like this. I am so surprised when a client does not ask these kinds of questions that I ask, then answer, the question that I expected the client to ask. However, without exception, there are too many factors, too many variables, and too many unknowns in every case to predict any outcome. All that I can do, and all that any attorney can do, is make predictions based on her or his training, education, and experience. Nothing more, nothing less.
I have represented many clients in wrongful death cases, catastrophic injury cases including paraplegia and traumatic brain injury cases, in which my clients have rightfully been paid millions of dollars by insurance companies and others. However, I do not post on the internet any specific dollar amounts of past settlements and verdicts in previous cases. First, I believe that doing so causes many people to develop false hopes and unrealistic expectations about their own cases. Every case is as different as one fingerprint to another. No two cases are the same. No two cases have the same facts. Therefore, no one can predict, with absolute certainty, the outcome in a current case based on the outcome in a past case. It is impossible. If an attorney promises or guarantees you any specific outcome in your case, be very wary of entering any attorney-client relationship with that attorney. Second, I do not believe that the outcome or amount of money recovered by a client is anyone else’s business.
If I represent you, you will have my cell phone number and will be welcome to call me, directly, to talk about your case. I work very hard to treat others like I would want to be treated.
If you ended up here and are not looking for a lawyer, thanks for visiting. I hope that you will find something helpful, or at least thought provoking, in my future blog entries.