Alex Marshall Included in Best Lawyers in America's 2023 Ones to Watch

J. Alex Marshall


Joseph Alexander “Alex” Marshall is a 2015 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and earned his undergraduate cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Alex is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell, he is recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers' Rising Stars and Best Lawyers in America's Ones to Watch. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the  Wake County Bar Association, the 10th Judicial District Bar, and the National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. He joined the criminal defense section of DeMent Askew & Johnson in 2021. 

For nearly six years Alex served Wake County as an Assistant Public Defender.  Over that time he gained an unparalleled level of experience handling thousands of cases ranging from DUI and traffic matters to murder.  He approaches his trial practice with focused consistency and is a dedicated and fearless advocate for his clients.  

Alex says, “People accused of crimes often need someone to walk through a journey with them that may feel shameful or frightening who can provide a different perspective on that self-view. They need to know someone is in their corner that they believe will fight for them when they need it most .”

The son of ministers, Alex, too, is a licensed minister drawn to service through gratitude. He lives in Durham with his wife and kids, and their tightly knit family group all close by. He is a physical fitness enthusiast and athlete, soccer and basketball youth coach, and a DIY builder hobbyist. 


333 Fayetteville Street, #1513
Raleigh, NC 27601-2950

Alex Marshall, Elite Lawyer in Criminal Defense

(919) 833-5555

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University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
Juris Doctor, May 2015

  • James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society
  • Broun National Trial Team
  • Black Law Students Association Trial Team
  • UNC Legal Education Advancement Program Instructor
  • Dean’s List; North Carolina Bar Association Scholarship; Merrill & Holt Scholarship

University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, December 2011

  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Admissions & Memberships:

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2015
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member since 2015
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member since 2015
  • Elite Lawyer - Criminal Defense, Member since 2021
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, Member, since 2022
Top 40 Under 40 National Black Lawyers Badge

Professional Dedication:

  • UNC School of Law, Law Retreat Coordinator 
  • UNC Law Tournament Trial Team Leader 

Peer Review Honors:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell since 2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2022, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, 2022, 2023, 2024

Certifications & Fellowships:

  • Licensed Minister

Community Engagement:

  • Youth Sports Coach, Soccer
  • Youth Sports Coach, Basketball

Presentations & Publications:

  • UNC Law Panels
    • Criminal Defense Issues
    • Public Defender Panel