Marques Richeson is a results-oriented litigator who advocates efficiently, effectively and proactively for his clients. He handles significant, bet-the-company litigation representing clients in federal and state courts throughout the country, at both the trial and appellate levels. His areas of expertise include complex commercial litigation, mass tort and products liability litigation, class actions and multidistrict litigation. He recently served on multiple trial teams in mass tort cases involving personal injury claims.

    Marques is very active in pro bono efforts, and has represented individuals in clemency, death penalty and innocence cases. He has also advocated for nonprofit organizations, as well as business and trade associations, filing amici curiae briefs in the US Supreme Court and federal appellate courts, and submitting comments on proposed legislation.

    Prior to joining the firm, Marques worked at an international law firm in Washington DC. Before that, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    In recent years, Marques has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star among area litigators. He has also been named on the “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s Cleveland Business, in recognition of his substantial contributions to Cleveland’s business and civic communities.

    Marques currently serves on the board of trustees for HELP Foundation, Inc., an organization whose mission is to empower individuals with disabilities through residential, day support, vocational and summer education programs. Marques also serves on the board for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning.

    Marques is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.

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    Education

    • Harvard University, J.D., 2008
    • Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2015
    • District of Columbia, 2009
    • Virginia, 2008

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of Virginia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Board Member, HELP Foundation, Inc.
    • Board Member, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
    • Executive Board Member, American Constitution Society, Northeast Ohio Chapter
    • Member, William K. Thomas Inn of Court
    • Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame (Euclid High School), 2019
    • Ohio Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017-2019
    • Who’s Who in Black Cleveland, 2018
    • Crain’s Cleveland Business, 40 under 40, 2017
    • The National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2016-17
    • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014
    • Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Defender of Innocence Award, 2014
    • Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2011 and 2013

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    • Presenter, “Roundtable Regarding SPB Foundation Public Policy and Sustained Impact Fellowships,” Ohio State University (Moritz) College of Law, Columbus, OH, April 1, 2019.
    • Speaker, “Meet and Greet with Law Firm Partner,” as part of “U.S. History of Legal Justice Through the Black and Brown Experience,” Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, March 27, 2019.
    • Moderator, “Hot Talks: Historic Collaboration Promotes Diversity in Law,” Discussion Regarding Memorandum of Understanding Between Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Four Local Minority Bar Associations, Cleveland, OH, March 12, 2019.
    • Presenter, “About the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Program,” Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Public Service Careers Week, Cleveland, OH, February 4, 2019.
    • Presenter, “Trial Practice Issues,” Ohio State Bar Association “Trial Evidence for the Ohio Practitioner” CLE Seminar, Cleveland, OH, December 19, 2018.
    • Presenter, “CSI Mock Trial,” New Tech Collinwood High School, Cleveland, OH, November 20, 2018.
    • Panelist, “A Different Perspective: Careers in the Legal Market,” Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Black Law Students Association Lunch and Learn Series, Cleveland, OH, October 11, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Can Corporate Lawyers Play a Role in Social Justice?” Oberlin Law & Society Careers in Law Series, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, March 5, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Career and Educational Opportunities in Public Policy for Underrepresented Minorities,” Class Matters Lecture Series, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, September 30, 2010.

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