R. Marshall Witten

Retired 2014

Marshall Witten, founder of the firm in 1976 with Harvey D. Carter, Jr., retired from the practice of law in April 2014.

After several years as a prosecutor in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney, Marshall spent more than half a century practicing in Vermont. Especially noted for his acumen in real property law, Marshall helped clients achieve their goals across a broad range of legal fields. He trained many young lawyers -- imparting both a superb knowledge of substantive law and high ethical standards.

Beyond his distinguished legal career, Marshall held a variety of important public service positions. Many of these focused on higher education. He chaired the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees for 13 years. He also served on the National Commission on the Responsibilities for Financing Post-Secondary Education, and as a Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

As an elected public servant, Marshall served as Bennington County State's Attorney, and chaired the Vermont House Appropriations Committee. Among other positions in the charitable sector, he was a founding director and later chair of the Vermont Community Foundation.