David J. Marmins

171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363
404.873.8126 phone
David J. Marmins is a partner in the Litigation Practice. He is the co-leader of the firm’s Retail Industry Team and focuses his practice on real estate and land use litigation matters.

Mr. Marmins has specialized in land-related disputes since early in his 22-year litigation practice. He was inspired by representing a family of nine brothers and sisters who had been fighting the State of Georgia for access to their family farm for 36 years. Mr. Marmins, along with his former law partner and former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, successfully won a 2002 jury verdict condemning an interest in land from the State for a private families’ use for the first time in history.

Since then, Mr. Marmins has represented anyone in the real estate industry, although most involve commercial property: owners, developers, managers, landlords, tenants, construction companies, and contractors. He has handled numerous cases involving contract (construction, lease) disputes, environmental (nuisance, toxic tort) matters, construction (payment, defect) claims, and various other disagreements over land use and ownership. His unique understanding of the real estate business combined with federal and state courtroom experience position him to offer great value to anyone in the industry. He leverages this experience for early and alternative resolution whenever possible, but his specialty is high stakes litigation.

Mr. Marmins has extensive experience handling banking and related lending disputes. He has particular expertise litigating fraudulent conveyance claims, having chased evasive debtors for banks when real estate development crashed in the late 2000’s. He also takes on other matters when they involve complex business litigation. He has tried cases in federal and state courts throughout Georgia.

Mr. Marmins began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for State of Georgia in the Civil Rights Litigation section. He also worked as a reporter for the Fulton County Daily Report before attending law school. He co-chairs the Land Use Committee of the ABA Real Estate Litigation Section. He completed the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute in 2010 and now serves on the ADL's Civil Rights Committee. He also serves on The Temple’s Anti-Domestic Sex Trafficking Workgroup of the Rothschild Social Justice Institute.

Mr. Marmins has also maintained a commitment to pro bono work throughout his career. He recently achieved a favorable settlement after bringing a nuisance suit for a pro bono homeowner whose neighbor had abandoned his house, which had become a dangerous blight on the neighborhood. He has volunteered representing students as part of the Truancy Intervention Project. He has also successfully handled stalking, child support recovery, and other domestic pro bono cases.

Mr. Marmins serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and takes an active role in associate training, including running the firm’s Trial Day exercise. He is the Editor of the legal treatise, Georgia Nuisance Law, and the author of the narrative non-fiction book, Appalachian State Silences the Big House: Behind the Greatest Upset in College Football History, published by McFarland & Co. in 2017.

David and his wife, Amanda, reside in Smyrna with their daughter, Tatum, and son, Alec.