Marion Gerhardt

Marion Gerhardt

Of Counsel

Bio

Marion Gerhardt has maintained a private law practice in Texas since early 2007, and has also served as Of Counsel for Zemp Law Group (formerly Global Immigration Solutions and Legal Services) since early 2013. She has also provided contract legal services to Neel, Hooper and Banes PC and Pye Legal Group, both in Houston. Marion currently serves as general counsel to various companies, including franchise companies and oil and gas industry service providers. She has extensive experience in many other industries, including the financial services, outsourcing, manufacturing, engineering, technology, data processing, and various services industries.

In-House Legal Experience


Prior to private practice, Marion served as Vice President and General Counsel of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., a global engineering and manufacturing company. During her seven-year tenure at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, a period of positive change and substantial growth for the company, Marion managed all legal matters, including corporate matters, employee relations, intellectual property, real estate transactions, commercial relationships (sales channels, outsourcing, strategic alliances and others), mergers and acquisitions, company licensing, aircraft ownership and operation, international matters, and dispute resolution matters. Marion also established and managed a law department to meet all legal needs of the company, including management of its patent portfolio and growth of its international operations. As counsel to the company Government Services Department, Marion carried a TS Security Clearance. Marion also previously served as Senior Counsel at Computer Sciences Corporation in Austin, Texas, a Fortune 500 company providing worldwide management and information technology consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services.

Marion began her legal career in the law department of First Kentucky National Corporation (later National City Corporation) and served that regional bank holding company in various legal officer positions for over twelve years, including as Vice President and Corporate Counsel of National Processing Company, its information technology and outsourcing subsidiary. During her career at National City Corporation, her practice included bank regulatory issues, political action committee matters, environmental issues, mortgage warehousing transactions, equipment leasing, commercial loan documentation, workouts and restructurings, real estate transactions, equity partnerships related to affordable housing and historical rehabilitation tax credits, and personal and corporate trust matters, as well as various matters involving the data processing subsidiary, including in-house coordination of its initial public offering.

Pro Bono Legal Work


Marion has provided pro bono legal assistance to many individuals for various immigration and international child custody matters, and assisted with preservation of intellectual property rights for a Northwest Native American tribe. Marion has also provided pro bono services to various non-profit organizations, including assistance on real estate transactions and employment law matters to the Palouse Discovery Science Center, a children’s museum in Pullman, Washington, and legal services on various immigration, real estate and litigation matters to several churches.

Industry Experience

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., Pullman WA
International engineering & manufacturing company serving the energy sector worldwide.

Bennett Jones, Edmonton AB
Top-tier Canadian law firm serving the energy sector and other clients.

Computer Sciences Corporation, Austin TX
Multinational company providing worldwide information technology consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services to healthcare and other industries.

National Processing Company, Louisville KY
Information technology and outsourcing services company.

National City Corporation and National City Bank, Louisville KY
Regional bank holding company and member bank, formerly First Kentucky National Corporation and First National Bank of Louisville.

Education

Juris Doctor
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

Secondary Education Teaching Certification
St. Anselm’s College

Bachelor of Arts - English, German and Music
Franklin Pierce University

Bar Admissions

Kentucky - 1989
Texas - 1998
Washington - 2001
Accepted for Admission in Alberta, Canada - 1999
Currently practicing law in WA and TX

Security Clearance
Prior TS security clearance.