Summary

Marcia is Co-Chair of Taft’s Franchise and Distribution team. She has extensive experience providing transactional advice, negotiating and drafting franchise and distribution agreements, and structuring distribution systems, for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, franchisors, franchisees and industry associations.  She has also represented clients in a broad variety of industries in litigation to terminate distribution, dealer and franchise agreements, and related claims. Marcia’s familiarity with federal and state laws governing disclosure, regulation and termination of franchise and distributor/dealer relationships provides value in both the transactional and litigation context. She works to understand the client’s business and to develop solutions that further their business objectives.

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Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law (1988)
  • Williams College (1984)

Admissions

  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Court of Appeals - DC
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member, The Woman Advocate Committee 1997 - present)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Former Committee on Computer Litigation)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Committee on Commercial & Banking Litigation)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Forum on Franchising)

Community Involvement

  • Abilities First Foundation (Co-Chair of Annual Fundraising Campaign 1999-2000)
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (Member and past Chair of Butler County Neighborhood Group)
  • Fine Arts Fund (Former TS&H Campaign manager)
  • Living Arrangements for Developmentally Disabled (LADD) (Board of Trustees 1999-2005)
  • Middletown Area Action Council (Member, 2011 - present, Campaign Co-Chair 2011)
  • Middletown School Board (Member, 2006 - present, President, 2010 - 2016)
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati (Board Member, 2016 – present, Member of Executive Committee, 2017 - present; Middletown Area Action Council (Chair, 2017 – present, Vice-Chair, 2015-2017, Member, 2011 - present, Campaign Co-Chair 2011)
  • Williams College Alumni Association (Executive Committee 1988 - 2010)