Marshall Bennett, Jr.


Four Seagate
Eighth Floor
Toledo, Ohio 43604


Marshall Bennett is a seasoned trial lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator. He has a diverse civil trial practice involving complex business, commercial, and employment disputes. He also has extensive experience as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator in cases involving business, commercial, and employment disputes.

Marshall’s experience as a civil trial lawyer includes disputes between auto industry suppliers, disputes involving hospitals, health care systems, and physician employment, patent and trademark infringement claims, anti-trust disputes, trade secret, non-competition, and unfair competition disputes, insurance coverage disputes, breach of warranty claims, attorney malpractice claims, and attorney professional discipline.

Marshall’s ongoing studies include an intense focus on legal technology, eDiscovery tools, and trial presentation technology, and how they can be used to represent clients more effectively. He is the Chair of the Toledo Bar Association’s Technology Committee, and frequently speaks on legal technology, eDiscovery, and trial presentation issues for local courts and the Toledo Bar Association.

Marshall is on the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Labor/Employment, and eDiscovery Arbitrator Panels and its Mediator Panel. He regularly attends American Arbitration Association arbitrator and mediator training programs, and recently completed its 32-hour mediator training program. Marshall is also a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and is the Chair of the Subcommittee of that Court’s Attorney Advisory Group responsible for the Court’s ADR program.

Marshall experience as an arbitrator includes disputes involving employment agreements and professional services contracts, employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims, health care disputes including disputes involving physician employment contracts, business sales disputes, and disputes between manufacturers and independent representatives. Marshall has served as a mediator and early neutral evaluator in cases involving employment, patent infringement, and other claims pending before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Marshall formerly served as the Chair of Marshall & Melhorn’s Litigation Group and as the firm’s Ethics and Professional Practices Counsel.

Awards / Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell® Rating - AV

Professional / Community

Professional Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial, Labor/Employment and eDiscovery Arbitrator Panels and Mediator Panel
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, Federal Court Committee
  • Toledo Bar Association, Chair, Legal Technology Committee (2016), Member, Federal Court Committee and Common Pleas Court Committee, Member, Grievance Committee (1989-1991), Co-Chair, Grievance Investigation Committee (1987-1989)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Member of Panel of Neutrals, Member, Attorney Advisory Group, Co-Chair ADR Committee, Member, Ad Hoc Local Patent Rules Drafting Committee

Community Affiliations

  • Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association
  • Former Member of Board of Trustees, Kiwanis Club of Toledo.
  • Former Member Sylvania City Council.
  • Former Member, Vice-Chair, and Chair of City of Sylvania Planning Commission and Board of Architectural Review.
  • Founder and Former President of the Sylvania Electronic Village, Inc., an Internet Service Provider sponsored by the City of Sylvania.
  • Toledo Legal Aid Society, Board Member (1987-1996), Vice-President (1989-1991), President (1991-1992)

Arbitrator and Mediator Training Programs

AAA Mediator Essentials: Skills for Facilitating Negotiated Agreements (32 Hour Course)
AAA Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor – Meeting Participant Expectations
AAA eDiscovery - Arbitration in a Digital World
AAA A La Carte Services
AAA Managing Arbitrations Following the Preliminary Hearing
AAA Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration
AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration
AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards
AAA Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure
AAA Arbitrator Update
AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training
AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training
AAA Employment Arbitrator Training
Northern District of Ohio, Mediator Training



J.D., 1980, with honors, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
B.A., History, magna cum laude, University of Toledo


Supreme Court Ohio, 1980, Active
Michigan, 2009, Active
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1981, Active
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2003
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1997
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1983
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1995
United States Supreme Court, 2009, Active

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