Attorney Profile

For the first 17 years of his legal career Marshall Sanders was an attorney with Atlanta’s two largest law firms, King & Spalding LLP and Alston & Bird LLP, where he represented some of the region’s largest foundations, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other tax-exempt organizations. He also advised clients on tax-efficient estate planning, assisted corporate and individual fiduciaries with estate and trust administration matters and structured various types of lifetime and testamentary charitable transfers.


Marshall speaks and publishes regularly on exempt organization and estate planning issues. He is an AV-rated lawyer, is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since the nonprofit/charities category was established. He is the past chair of the nonprofit law section of the state bar and chaired the bar legislative committee which drafted Georgia’s current endowment law. He has served as a director or officer of numerous foundations and other nonprofit organizations, including the Theatrical Outfit, the Georgia Planned Giving Council, the Charles Loridans Foundation, and the Abreu Charitable Trust.


Prior to entering law school, he held a number of positions in government and politics, which included service as a naval intelligence officer, a senior member of the staff of Senator Wyche Fowler, Jr., the executive director of the Georgia Democratic Party and the executive assistant to the county manager of Fulton County, Georgia. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities, and received his law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law.