Cardinal Cadence Fall 2012

Doing things her way

Elizabeth MarshAfter more than 25 years of moving from associate to shareholder to department chair in other law firms, including a stint as assistant attorney general in the Finance Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Elizabeth Marsh ’81 unleashed her entrepreneurial spirit and established her own Austin-based law firm in 2010. The Marsh Law Firm specializes in labor and employment law, however, specializing in such a broad field of law often leads to a natural overlap into commercial law as well.

“I enjoy the freedom of having my own boutique practice and running my own firm the way I think is best,” the Port Arthur native said. “As a business owner and the wife of a business owner, I certainly understand the challenges my business clients face in today’s volatile global economy, and I am proud to be able to offer my clients the attentive service and experienced advice they desire.”

A 1981 accounting graduate and a 1984 graduate of Baylor Law School, she isn’t the only Lamar graduate in her family. Two older siblings are also Lamar alumni—Nancy (Nisson) ’75, also an accounting major, and Earl Marsh ’71, ’82, who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He returned in 1982 to become the third member of the Marsh clan to earn the bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Lamar.

“We attended Lamar basically because it was close to home, but we later found out the individual attention and guidance we all received was invaluable for us,” she said. “The faculty in the accounting department in particular was such a positive influence on us in so many ways.”

Marsh is one of only a handful of attorneys who is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both labor and employment law and civil trial law, a designation that indicates she has specialized knowledge and a proven high level of expertise and experience. Her expertise was a factor in gaining the highest AV Martindale-Hubbell ranking possible; a peer-reviewed ranking resource for “go to” lawyers in cities across the country indicating high ethical standards and professional abilities. She has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer for the years 2003, 2004 and 2008-2012, a distinction that represents only the top five percent of all attorneys in Texas. Marsh also made the list of Texas Super Lawyers for the years 2009-2012 in the Corporate Counsel Edition.

Contemplating the future of the firm, Marsh says the next natural progression will be to hire additional attorneys to handle more cases. The recent recession and the resultant high level of unemployment have provided a significant increase in labor and employment law cases. The process of identifying attorneys with the credentials and experience she demands has already begun. Her goal is to expand the personnel at the firm during the first half of 2013. In preparation for the expansion, Marsh recently purchased an office building in downtown Austin that gives her firm room to grow and is conveniently located near the state and federal courthouses.

When time permits, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Bill Einhaus. He founded a successful company that imports and exports flooring products from around the world. His business has broadened Marsh’s legal practice and exposed her to a variety of interesting international legal and business customs, especially in China. They are looking forward to traveling to China early next year to attend the international floor show in Shanghai, one of the most unusual places they have visited, she said. Her most memorable excursion was their honeymoon in France. She described driving through the French wine country and the French Alps as a “magical experience.” A close second would be a trip to Scandinavia with her mother shortly after graduating from Lamar. Her mother’s Norwegian descent gave the experience a special significance. Aside from also enjoying cruises with day trips to Honduras and throughout Central America and to Italy in the Mediterranean, they also enjoy traveling a little closer to home.

“We have always enjoyed taking the Harley for long rides through the Texas Hill Country in recent years,” she said with a chuckle. “But, now that I have a convertible, the Harley has some serious competition.” One of her many favorite memories about Lamar was a particularly influential Spanish instructor who was originally from Cuba, she said. She was invited to his home on several occasions for traditional Cuban meals with his family. Those experiences afforded her the opportunity to learn more about the Spanish language and culture. According to Marsh, that is just one of the many examples of how her Lamar education was so much more than just the traditional lessons in a classroom.

by Larry Acker
October 2012