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Education

Tennessee State University

B.S., 1983

Vanderbilt University School of Law

J.D., 1988

Darlene T. Marsh

Member

Prominent Assignments

Darlene is Chair of the Executive Committee and Immediate Past President of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. She practices primarily in commercial real estate with an emphasis on finance and environmental compliance. 

As part of her banking practice, Darlene represents banks and insurance companies in connection with loans, foreclosures, workouts, and collection matters.

In relation to her bankruptcy practice, Darlene represents McTevia & Associates in connection with the non-judicial receivership and liquidation of Norwalk Furniture related entities, including dispute resolution. She also served on the special counsel team underwriting a §363 sale of hospitals, free and clear of claims of local governmental entities.

In real estate, Darlene represents automotive suppliers establishing their first manufacturing facilities in the United States, including tax incentives based on job creation. She represents Diamond Hill Plywood Company in connection with warehouse acquisitions and dispositions. She also represents Curb Realty, Inc. in connection with real estate acquisitions in Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Tennessee, including commercial, residential, and cultural centers. Darlene’s clients include investors acquiring agricultural real estate in the Middle Tennessee area.

As part of her environmental practice, Darlene represents Kwik Sak Real Estate Holdings, LLC in connection with environmental compliance for convenience stores located throughout Middle Tennessee. She coordinated the clean-up and remediation of an abandoned firing range attached to a closed U.S. Air Force base, to facilitate a CERCLA cost recovery action. She acted as the lead counsel for Judd Road Properties, LLC, the Brownfield developer of an abandoned manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as Atlanta Properties, LLC, a Brownfield developer of a medical office building on the site of an abandoned gas station in Atlanta. She has also defended civil and criminal Superfund enforcement actions against the owner of a manufacturing facility in East Tennessee.

Professional Involvement

  • Director, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 2004-2012
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Environment and Energy Resources
  • Member, Tennessee Drycleaner Environmental Response Board, 2003-2005
  • Member, Tennessee Land Title Association, (Treasurer 2002-2003)
  • Member, Tennessee Underground Storage Tank Board, 2005-2009 (Chair, 2008 and 2009)
  • Member and Fellow, Nashville Bar Association and Foundation
  • Director, Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, 2008-2013
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Environmental Law Section (Newsletter Editor 2013)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Downtown District YMCA Board of Directors, Uptown YMCA Committee (2002-2004)
  • Member, Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville, Board of Directors (1997-1998)
  • Member, St. David's Episcopal Church, Vestry and Treasurer

Publications/Presentations

Publications

  • Apex Oil Goes to Washington: A Challenge for the Supreme Court or Congress or Much Ado About Nothing?, (D.MARSH AND L. AHERN, THE ABSTRACT, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF MORTGAGE ATTORNEYS, FALL, 2010 AND SEPTEMBER, 2010, TENNESSEE BAR ASSOCIATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER)
  • Impact of the Fukushima Disaster on Nuclear Power Developments in Tennessee, (D. MARSH AND J. BLUE) TENNESSEE BAR ASSOCIATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER, FALL, 2012.
  • Stormwater Permitting in Tennessee, Dixie Contractor, April, 2013.

Seminars

  • Brownfield Agreements: A Case Study of the Rayon City Landfill, Panelist at Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Solid/Hazardous Waste Conference, April 30, 2010.
  • Environmental Claims in Recent Bankruptcy Cases: When Does the Claim Arise after Grossman's? When Does the Stay Apply after Apex? Panelist at Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Solid/Hazardous Waste Conference, April 29, 2011.
  • Environmental Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions, Representations and Warranties, Co-presenter at Tennessee Bar Center, Nashville, Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Law Section CLE, January 24, 2013.
  • Bankruptcy and Remediation, Panelist at Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Solid/Hazardous Waste Conference, April 24, 2013.

Teaching Assignments

  • Landlord-Tenant Buyer-Seller Negotiations Facilitator, Private Environmental Law,
    Vanderbilt Law School, February 10, 2003 and April 5, 2006
  • CERCLA Negotiations Facilitator, Environmental Law, Vanderbilt Law School, October
    7, 2003, October 13, 2005; February 27, 2007 and October 4, 2010
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Acknowledgements

  • Best of Bar, Environmental Law, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, and Commercial Real Estate, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 by Nashville Business Journal
  • Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Environmental Law (2011-2014); Real Estate (2012-2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Litigation-Real Estate (2011-2014)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2009-2013)
  • Who's Who Legal International, Real Estate (2011)