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Marshall B. Pitts, Jr. is a practicing attorney in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Marshall specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, social security disability, and traffic offenses. Marshall has handled literally hundreds of cases in his specialty areas. Marshall was honored by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) as a “Citizen Lawyer” in 2014. The award honors a small handful of lawyers across the state who provide exemplary public service to their communities. In 2011, Marshall was named “Best Lawyer” by Fayetteville area residents in the annual “Readers’ Choice” Awards published in the Fayetteville Observer Newspaper.
A former track and field All-America and All-Academic Student Athlete, Marshall earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State University in 1987 and his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in 1990. While establishing his law practice, Marshall taught criminal justice at Fayetteville State University from 1993-2000, where he earned numerous awards for teaching and public service.
In 1999, Marshall won an at-large seat on Fayetteville’s City Council and was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore (Vice Mayor) during his first term. After only two years on the city council, Marshall made history by becoming the city’s first African-American mayor and one of the youngest persons to ever lead a major North Carolina city. His election was featured in Jet magazine and several national newspapers.
During Marshall’s two terms as mayor from 2001-2005, Fayetteville expanded affordable housing and recreational facilities across the community, implemented major downtown revitalization projects, and won national awards for a variety of programs. His efforts earned him numerous local awards and recognition as Best Civic Leader and Most Notable Politician. While mayor, Marshall’s statewide reputation for progressive leadership led to his appointment as chairman of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Community and Economic Development Committee; the Executive Board of Directors of the North Carolina Metropolitan Cities Coalition; and the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Committee.
In 2004, Marshall again made history by becoming the first African-American appointed to the board of directors of Electricities of North Carolina, Inc., an agency which sets policy for all municipally owned public utilities in the state. From 2007-2011, Marshall also served on the prestigious UNC Board of Governors, a policy-setting body for the state of North Carolina’s public university system, and where he presided as chair of the powerful Education , Planning and Policy Committee.
Marshall, in partnership with his brothers, Miguel and Myron, also hosts a successful talk radio program in southeastern North Carolina called “MP3 Brothers.” MP3 is a casual, witty, and informative talk show that centers on lively discussions about current events, politics, sports, and entertainment. Marshall has also written some of his political opinions in the article, “The Supreme Court: Forging the Way for Upheaval in the Oval Office”, that was published in 2000 in the “The Communication and Law Journal”.
A Little About Marshall . . .