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Marshall H. Peterson, Esq.
Trust, Probate, and Estate Administration and Litigation

Marshall H. Peterson’s three decades of experience as a recognized leader in the Knoxville legal community make him an asset to clients looking for representation related to trusts and estates.  Marshall’s experience spans the range from the traditional family estate to the “I won the lottery, what do I do now?”

Since 1995, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Marshall in The Best Lawyers in America(C) in the practice area of Trusts and Estates, including being "Lawyer of the Year" in 2016. Since 2018, Marshall has also been recognized in the practice area of Tax Law.

Marshall is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on the Practice Committee.  The “Fellows” are nationally considered the best and brightest in the trust and estate practice, with decades of experience representing and advising families.

Cityview Magazine has recognized Marshall in multiple practice areas as a Top Attorney of Knoxville: Estate Planning/Trusts in 2020, Income Tax/IRS Resolutions in 2014 and 2020, Taxation in 2020, and Wills/Probate in 2015 and 2020. 

Marshall regularly speaks to professional groups on estate planning topics such as income, estate, and gift tax planning, conservation easements, distributions from retirement plans, and GST elections.

Marshall has also been recognized by SuperLawyers for ten years in the practice area of Estate Planning & Probate.

About Marshall

Marshall was admitted to practice in Tennessee in 1987, and is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association ("KBA"). He was also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 and the U.S. Tax Court in 1999.

Marshall is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law and is a past president of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council. He was a member of the Uniform Trust Code Study Committee, which promulgated Tennessee’s 2004 revision to the statutory law of trusts; a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation, an honorary organization which makes grants to organizations providing social services to those in need; a former Board Member of Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation, a nonprofit organization seeking to preserve and expand Tennessee’s natural treasures; and President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, which provides pro bono legal services to clients in poverty. 

He is also a Master of the Bench in the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court. He has also received the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations in 1980 and 1983. 


Marshall graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1987, after receiving his B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1973.

Contact Marshall Today:
865-546-7311 (Phone) | 865-524-1773 (Fax)


Publications and Articles

Magazines and Journals

Introducing: Sheri A. Fox, Esq. | DICTA: March 2016
Demise of DOMA Changes Legal Landscape | DICTA: February 2014
 Griswold, et al., “Big Changes to Tennessee Uniform Trust Code: 10 Things You Should Know”, 49 TENN. BAR J. 20 (December 2013). 
“Tennessee Uniform Trust Code: New Formulation For A Trusty Tool,” 41 TENN. BAR J. 24 (January 2005). 
“Planning Distributions from Qualified Plans,” Tax, Probate & Trust (Tennessee Bar Assoc., March 1994).

Articles and Newsletter Contributions

Reminders That Planning Requires Attention to Details

Reported Cases

  • Burke v. Langdon, 190 S.W.3d 660 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2005). 
  • Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. v. Huddleston, 920 S.W.2d 659 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1995). 
  • Simmons v. Russell, 1989 Tenn. App. LEXIS 443 (June 13, 1989).
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