Joseph C. Marshall III Passes Away

Leading Detroit Attorney Joseph C. Marshall III Passes Away, Leaving 'Grievous Wound' in Detroit Legal Community

9/13/2002
DETROIT, Michigan - Joseph C. Marshall III, one of Detroit's leading labor and employment attorneys, passed away yesterday after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Marshall was a member at Dickinson Wright for more than 25 years. "Joe was an exceptional lawyer, a gifted speaker, and a leader at our firm. He was respected by everyone who knew him," said James A. Samborn, the firm's Chief Executive Officer. "Joe will be greatly missed." Mr. Marshall, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Harvard University. His practice focused on civil rights and employment litigation, employment counseling and class actions. He was a prominent participant in the Detroit Bar Association, where he served as President (1991-1992); the Wolverine Bar Association; the American Bar Association; and served as a Fellow of the Michigan and American Bar Foundations. "I will always admire him as a consummate professional, and will always love him as a friend," said W. Anthony Jenkins, one of Mr. Marshall's Harvard classmates and fellow member at Dickinson Wright. "We have been partners for nearly the past decade, and Joe's passing is an immeasurable loss to me personally and professionally." Mr. Marshall was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America, served as a faculty member at The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and was active on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District. In addition, he was a prolific speaker and widely published author in the legal field, with articles appearing in professional journals, business publications and scholarly journals. Mr. Marshall worked with many of the largest corporations in Detroit and the nation, managing highly successful litigation of civil rights and employment cases on behalf of companies such as Ameritech, Citigroup, DaimlerChrysler, DuPont, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, MGM Mirage, Pfizer, and Wells Fargo. Mr. Marshall was particularly involved in leading Dickinson Wright's efforts to become one of the key firms in the DuPont Legal Model, and was recognized as one of the leading attorneys working on DuPont's business matters. He also served as personal counsel to Dennis W. Archer during his two terms as Mayor of the City of Detroit. Mr. Marshall was strongly committed to the promotion of diversity in the legal profession and at Dickinson Wright. He was recognized as a leader and advocate for the inclusion and advancement of lawyers of color and women in the profession. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Marshall was an active participant in several Detroit-based community organizations, including serving on the Executive Committee of Crossroads for Youth, the Board of Directors of Franklin Wright Settlements, and the Board of Directors of the Coalition on Temporary Shelter. He also was a member of the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Guardsmen, Inc. "He worked tirelessly in the interests of his clients and the pursuit of the rule of law," said Dennis W. Archer, Chairman of Dickinson Wright and one of Mr. Marshall's close friends throughout his legal career. "All too often, we lose the very best people to unfortunate tragedies such as this. Joe's passing creates a grievous wound in the Detroit legal community that will be difficult, if not impossible to heal," said Archer. Mr. Marshall was a key member of Dickinson Wright's Labor and Employment team, where his years of experience, deep legal knowledge, and wisdom were highly regarded and sought after. "Joe truly cared about his clients. Whether he was counseling clients to avoid litigation or representing clients in litigation, Joe was sensitive, creative and talented," said Kathleen A. Lang, Director of the team. "We will greatly miss not only his professional contributions and insights, but his wit and sense of humor." "His 25 years with the firm were always dedicated to securing the ongoing success of his clients and to his strongly held beliefs in the importance of diversity," said Lawrence G. Campbell, one of Mr. Marshall's close friends and colleagues. "Working with Joe was an inspiration. He was a quiet force, a superlative human being -- someone who could be counted on to challenge the status quo and get the job done." Mr. Marshall, 50, was diagnosed with cancer in the Spring of this year and had continued to work on behalf of his clients while undergoing treatment. Dickinson Wright extends its condolences to Mr. Marshall's surviving family, his wife, Candace, parents, Aretha and Joseph Marshall, Jr., sister Aretha and her husband Jerome W. Mondesire and Joe's beloved nephew Joseph W. Mondesire and niece Jennifer Mondesire. Joe cherished his relationship with his in-laws Carol Robinson, Carl and Regina McWhorter, Donna and John Bradley, and Jennifer Stevenson. He was also particularly close with his nieces Carolyn Bradley and Maya Stevenson, and nephew Donovan McWhorter.
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