Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Honoree

Marshall Foreman

Marshall Foreman was a local and national legal legend. He was a decorated naval aviator in the Korean War, flying night missions off US aircraft carriers. Following full-time service, he attended and excelled at Stanford Law School. 

After graduation, Marshall joined the San Diego Firm of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps in 1956. Marshall was a brilliant strategist and immaculately prepared and presented his cases, setting high standards for all San Diego County Bar Association lawyers. As a result, he significantly influenced many of San Diego’s finest trial lawyers. 

In the early years of his practice, he represented scores of indigent criminal defendants, trying dozens of cases to verdict. Philosophically, politically, and in practice, Marshall was an outspoken advocate for underserved populations. As his career matured, he specialized in plaintiff’s aviation litigation and became one of the most prominent aviation litigators in the United States, trying cases in courts in many states. 

Marshall retired from LFH&S in 1986, but continued with Sullivan Cummins Wertz & McDade as “of Counsel” until the mid-1990s. Marshall was active with the American Bar Association as Chairman of the Aviation Committee, Litigation Section, 1979-1980. In 1967 he was one of the lawyers that helped create the SMU Air Law Symposium and remained on its Board of Advisors for several years. 

Marshall founded the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA in 1962 and established the local Red Boudreau Dinner to raise money for Father Joe’s charities.