Marie D. Harlan

Marie D. Harlan


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Marie Harlan joined the firm in 2017 from Jackson Walker LLP, where she gained a wide range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts. Marie graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2014, where she was admitted to the Order of the Coif, served on the Texas Law Review, and was a finalist in the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition.

After graduation, Marie clerked for the Honorable U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm of the Southern District of Texas. At McFarland, Marie specializes in protecting landowner’s interests both through negotiation and litigation with public-use entities seeking to acquire private property for public use. She is well-versed in complexities of regulatory takings and the procedural technicalities of the statutory condemnation process.

Marie has created a track record of success in her motion practice and has first-chaired numerous administrative hearings before court-appointed panels of special commmissioners. She thrives on the detailed analysis and nuanced strategy necessary to achieve the maximum value for her clients.

The University of Texas School of Law – Austin, TX - 2014

Juris Doctor

  • GPA: 3.90
  • TEXAS LAW REVIEW, Associate Editor, Outstanding Associate Editor, Volume 92
  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean’s Achievement Award – Outstanding Student in Evidence
  • Duberstein Interscholastic Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, Semifinalist

The University of Texas at Austin – Austin, TX - 2005

B.A.: Plan II Honors and History

  • GPA: 3.79
Marie is licensed to practice in Texas since 2014.

Jackson Walker, LLP – Dallas, TX - 9/15 – 11/17

Litigation Associate

  • Represent clients involved in a wide range of litigation matters as well as bankruptcies and environmental cleanups. Experience includes taking depositions; independently handling small trials such as evictions and small claims; drafting complaints, answers, motions, briefs, and memoranda; and researching legal issues.  Representative matters include:
    • Obtaining dismissal of libel lawsuit against client Dr. Oz through anti-SLAPP motion
    • Obtaining $11 million non-dischargeability judgment in bankruptcy court
    • Taking three depositions as part of Chapter 7 trustee’s investigation of debtor

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm, Southern District of Texas – Houston, TX - 9/14 – 8/15

Law Clerk

  • Assisted with opinion and order drafting; attended hearings and trials and provided research and analysis

Reid Collins & Tsai – Austin, TX - 5/14 – 7/14

Summer Associate

  • Researched and prepared memoranda for boutique financial litigation and insolvency firm

Juvenile Justice Clinic – Austin, TX - 1/14 – 4/14

Student Counsel

  • Represented seven juveniles charged with misdemeanors and first-degree felonies

Lower Colorado River Authority – Austin, TX - 7/13 – 11/13

Law Clerk

  • Researched and prepared memoranda on local government, environmental, and employment law issues

City of Austin, Law Department – Austin, TX - 5/13 – 7/13

Law Clerk

  • Wrote memoranda and court filings; assisted with internal investigation of employment matters; and prosecuted misdemeanor traffic violations

Legislative Lawyering Clinic – Austin, TX - 1/13 – 4/13

Student Counsel

  • Drafted and helped pass state-level legislation for two nonprofit clients

Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Antitrust Section – Austin, TX - 10/12 – 4/13

Law Clerk

  • Researched and reviewed documents and depositions for multi-state, multi-hundred-million dollar litigation

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, Western District of Texas – Austin, TX - 7/12 – 8/12

Legal Intern

  • Assisted in preparing orders, primarily for habeas proceedings and employment cases

U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolego, Southern District of Texas – Austin, TX - 5/12 – 6/12

Legal Intern

Researched and prepared memoranda, primarily concerning criminal cases and habeas proceedings