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Raymond L. Marshall

Raymond L. Marshall

Raymond L. Marshall

Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall LLC

Advocating on behalf of people with disabilities through pro bono work and his six-year service as a Maryland Disability Law Center board member brings great satisfaction to Raymond L.  Marshall, a member at Chason, Rosner, Leary and Marshall LLC in Towson.

As a young lawyer, Marshall’s eyes were opened to the plight of the disabled while working on a pro bono case on behalf of Rosewood Center residents, investigating abuses and horrible living conditions at the nursing home. Later, his son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, deepening his personal interest in justice for people who can’t speak up for themselves.

“People understand the feeling they have when they donate to a charity or help another person in need. I get that feeling when I do what I have been trained to do — advocate on behalf of people who need legal help,” he said.

He recently finished writing an amicus brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals on behalf of several disability advocates working to get a 21-year-old disabled and sick man the same level of care from the state that he received when he was younger.

The civil attorney received the 2012 Award for Advocacy Leadership in memory of Stanley S. Herr by the Arc Baltimore and was recognized the same year with The Maryland Disability Law Center’s Legal Advocacy Service Award.

Marshall stressed that it’s important to remain civil when arguing cases; he counsels young lawyers to remain calm and courteous and think through their responses, especially in an age when lawyers are more accessible via text messaging and emails.

“You can be an opponent in a case, but you don’t have to be an enemy,” he said.