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Stephen Marshall

Stephen A. Marshall


Stephen Marshall focuses his practice on defense of workers’ compensation claims and issues.  He works in the firm’s Richmond office.

Stephen Marshall, Shareholder has represented employers before the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission and the District of Columbia Office of Worker’s Compensation since 2004. He has successfully defended cases involving cumulative trauma, unexplained injuries, willful misconduct of workers, occupational diseases, ordinary diseases of life, psychological claims, co-worker assault and horseplay, and de facto award claims. He successfully briefed a matter in which the Virginia Court of Appeals restrained the Commission’s imposition of a de facto award.

Employer’s and carriers consult Stephen on a daily basis for case assessments, recommendations for physician panels, vocational rehabilitation issues, and various other claims related questions.

Stephen’s litigation experience includes representation of clients in commercial and contract disputes, tort defense, wrongful death, products liability and insurance coverage litigation. He also has defended clients in employment disputes, creditor and debtor issues and professional malpractice claims, in addition to extensive representation in the workers’ compensation area.  Stephen has the highest rating (AV® Preeminent) from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system.

Stephen is the former Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA) and is the current Chair of the Legislative Committee for the VADA.  Stephen has served as a Director of the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers section.

Stephen has lived in Virginia for over 38 years. His family roots run deep in Virginia with a grandfather serving as a justice in the Virginia Supreme Court and a great grandfather as former Chief of United States Supreme Court. Currently, he lives in Midlothian, Virginia with his wife and two young children. He continues his love of rugby (and his position as “hooker”), which he began playing at the College of William and Mary. Stephen is also a passionate hockey and baseball fan.



  • B.A., (English), College of William and Mary, 1994
  • M. S. (Criminal Justice), Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997
  • J.D., cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Chair – VADA Legislative Committee


  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia