Our Attorneys: Mount Juliet

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Relations
  • Drafting Wills
  • ​Personal Injury
  • General Law

Trey Marshall

Trey Marshall graduated from Donelson Christian Academy in 1995, the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1999 and the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis in 2002.  While in law school, Trey clerked for 2 years with the firm of Shuttleworth, Williams, Harper, Waring and Derrick, where he did legal research and drafted legal documents for various attorneys.

Trey has been in private practice with Marshall & Associates, PLLC since May 2003 and handles a wide variety of cases including General Law, Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Drafting Wills, and Personal Injury.  Trey has handled hundreds of Criminal and Domestic cases, both contested and uncontested.

Bar Admissions



Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Memphis, Tennessee
Juris Doctor, 2002

University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, Tennessee
Bachelor of Science, 1999

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Relations
  • Probate
  • ​Personal Injury
  • General Law

Ellis Marshall, Jr.

Ellis Marshall, Jr. graduated from Ketron High School in 1965, Walter State Community College in 1975, East Tennessee State University in 1977, and Nashville School of Law in 1984.  Ellis was hired by the Tennessee Highway Patrol as a State Trooper in 1973 and remained in that capacity until 1977, when he began teaching elementary school at Flat Gap Elementary in Hancock County, Tennessee.  While teaching school, Ellis enrolled in law school at the Nashville School of Law.  In 1980, he accepted a position at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy where he served as an instructor and assistant director until he retired in March of 2002.

Ellis began a private law practice in 1988 and has handled a wide variety of cases including General Law, Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Probate, and Personal Injury.  In his 27 years of private practice, Ellis has handled thousands of cases, both contested and uncontested.

Bar Admissions



Nashville School of Law
Nashville, TN
Juris Doctor, 1984

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN
Bachelor of Science, 1977

Walter State Community College
Morristown, TN
Associate, 1975

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Relations
  • Probate
  • ​Personal Injury
  • General Law

Lindsey Lawrence

Lindsey Lawrence is an East Tennessean but has planted roots all over the state. She graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 2006. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. Lindsey spent a semester in Nashville at the Capital as a legislative intern for the Tennessee General Assembly. She interned with Senate Speaker Pro Tempore, Jamie Woodson, and Chair of the House Education Committee, Harry Brooks. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law at the University of Memphis in 2013. While in law school, Lindsey clerked for the Honorable Charles D. Susano, Jr. of the Eastern District of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. She also interned at the legal department of Orion Federal Credit Union in Memphis.

Bar Admissions



University of Memphis
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Memphis, TN
Juris Doctor, 2013

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
Bachelor of Arts, 2010

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Student Loan Debt Resolution
  • Debt Negotiation
  • Collection Lawsuit Defense

D.J. Rausa

Upon graduating from High School, Mr. Rausa enlisted in the United States Navy. He worked as an engineer in the fleet. While serving he took college general education courses. He served two Tours of Duty from 1975 until 1984, after which time he was Honorably Discharged.

Mr. Rausa attended college full time from 1984 until 1987 at San Diego City College and obtained two Associate Degrees, one in mathematics and the other in Social Science. He received his Law degree from Western Sierra Law School in 1989.

He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993. He began his own general civil litigation practice. Prior to focusing solely on Bankruptcy Law he practiced personal injury and medical malpractice. He has specialized Bankruptcy Law for over 25 years.

After realizing that there was a serious student loan debt problem, Mr. Rausa became well educated in the laws that govern how student loans are processed and the policies implemented by the United States Department of Education under the Higher Education Act. He is well versed in the Code of Federal Regulations that govern the student loan servicers and their collection agencies.


Mr. Rausa has handled hundreds of Chapter 13 cases, successfully defended Adversary Proceedings and represented both parties in trustee avoidance actions. Attorney of record on thousands of Chapter 7 cases.

Has successfully defended Chapter 7 in dismissal motions filed by the Office of the U.S. Trustee, and represented both debtors and creditors in other Bankruptcy Litigation Matters to include Adversary Complaints, Avoidance Actions, and Claims Actions.

He has specialized in Student Loan Litigation in both State and Federal Court.


  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
  • 9th Circuit U.S. District Court of Appeals


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute.
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Nashville Division
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • 15th Judicial District, Tennessee
  • The Bar of the State of California, Business Law Section, Insolvency Division.
  • Mediation Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California.

Published Papers

  • Managing Student Loans in Bankruptcy–Author
  • Chapter 7 Trustee Claw Back of College Tuition Payments – Co-Author


  • Student Loans in Bankruptcy, Panel Member
  • Bankruptcy Law programs for the mortgage division of Wells Fargo Bank, Keller Williams Real Estate and Re/Max.
  • Law ReviewCle Lien Strip in Chapter 13 Cases.
  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Line by Line Workshop, National Business Institute.


  • Brightwood College Nashville, School Closure. TV News 4, WSMV
  • Craig Sewing Radio Show, Student Loan Impact on the Real Estate Market
  • Inside the Law Radio Show, Student Loan Debt Resolution


Two time Ironman Triathlete, Husband, Cat Lover, John Deere owner.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law

James Lotshaw

James Lotshaw is a dynamic professional with a background in biology and law. He graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and in 2021, he earned his law degree from Belmont University College of Law.

During his time at Belmont, James worked at Legacy Law Group, specializing in Estate Planning. He was an active member of the Federalist Society and volunteered with “Wills for Heroes,” a nonprofit dedicated to helping Middle Tennessee first responders with estate planning.

In 2022, James was admitted to the Tennessee State Bar, and in 2023, to the Federal District Court for Middle Tennessee. He now practices Estate Planning and consumer bankruptcy law.

Outside of work, James enjoys outdoor activities and physical fitness. He’s also an avid reader with a deep interest in history, philosophy, and politics.

Bar Admissions



Miami University
Oxford, Ohio
Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2017

Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee
Juris Doctor, 2021

    Our Pledge

    Delivery: Here at Marshall & Associates we deliver quality legal representation at a fair, reasonable and affordable price. We strive to exceed all of our clients’ expectations and ensure that their goals are completely met.

    Experience: Our Team has over 75 years of combined legal experience. The attorneys are well versed in the law. Before practicing, the attorneys had judicial, military or law enforcement backgrounds. Because of this, it makes all of them uniquely qualified to handle a wide variety of legal issues.

    Caring: The attorneys and staff treat all our clients like family because we understand that a client will only care about what we know after they know that we care.

    Advocacy: We advocate for our clients just as strongly as any big city law firm without forgetting our hometown values. We are continuously looking to find new and inventive ways to improve our level of service and work diligently to keep informed and updated on the everchanging developments in the law.

    Partnership: We know that once your matter is concluded, not only will you be a client for life, but you will also be completely confident in sharing your experiences with your friends and family. We hope that you will not hesitate to share our contact information with your neighbors and co-workers in the event that they are looking for the utmost quality in legal services.