Marshall C. Wallace


Marshall C. Wallace is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. Marshall is one of the Bay Area's preeminent trial lawyers, focusing upon high-stakes, complex business disputes. For a quarter century Marshall has compiled a track record of victories in challenging trade secret, business tort and unfair competition, contract, fraud, insurance, corporate, and real estate cases.

Marshall represents plaintiffs and defendants. Nearly all of Marshall's cases involve complex contract issues and claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of California Business and Professions Code section 17200, punitive damages, and bad faith.

Marshall has tried many cases and arbitrations, defended numerous putative class actions, and handled many accelerated injunction proceedings.

Marshall's work has focused on the following industries: 

  • Title Insurance: Marshall has achieved exceptional results for the First American family of companies, in complex corporate, contract, fraud, bad faith and claim cases. 
  • Financial Services: Marshall defends prominent lenders and settlement service providers in complex class actions and unfair business practice cases, including defense of excessive charge allegations, RESPA, TILA, Fair Debt Collection and similar claims. Marshall has obtained dismissal and summary judgment in dozens of putative class actions and repeatedly beat class certification attempts. Marshall has defended, prosecuted and won multiple complex cases involving hard money lenders. 
  • Real Estate: Marshall represents developers, investors, owners and brokers in sophisticated contract, financing and land use disputes. 
  • Construction Materials: Marshall has represented multiple companies involved in all aspects of sand and gravel mining, including land use, contract, and merger and acquisition disputes. Marshall has handled many issues arising under SMARA and related Surface Mining Ordinances and permits.

Marshall is the Editor of CEB California Trial Objections and the author of CEB Summary Judgment manual.

Marshall spearheaded the Alameda County Bar Association Trial Practice Section's initiative to provide pro bono court representation to underserved citizens of Alameda County, in collaboration with the ACBA's Volunteer Legal Services Corporation and the East Bay Community Law Center. Marshall helped launch and participates actively in the day-of-trial volunteer mediation program for Alameda County's Direct Calendar Courts.

Consistent with Allen Matkins' ethic, Marshall puts client interests ahead of firm revenues. He staffs cases leanly, typically with one associate and a paralegal. Marshall commits to deep personal involvement in the cases he handles.


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter - Board of Governors member
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Trial Practice Section


  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2012 - 2015)
  • Selected by Benchmark: Plaintiff as a Local Litigation Star (2013)

Rated by Super Lawyers


Marshall graduated with his B.S., summa cum laude , from Princeton University, in engineering, in 1981 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa . Marshall went on to receive his M.B.A., from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law at Boalt Hall.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia (Inactive)