faculty bio
Hon. Marshall Whitley (ret.)

Visiting Professor of Law

Director, LLM Tax Program

San Francisco
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Marshall Whitley recently retired as a judge of the California Superior Court in Alameda County.  Starting July 1st he joined the Golden Gate School of Law faculty as Professor and full time Director of the LL.M. Tax Program where he has been an adjunct professor since 1985.  Judge Whitleys 20 years as a judge with the California Courts included presiding over all aspects criminal and civil trial and calendar departments.  For the past 10 years he has also served as the presiding judge of the Superior Courts probate long cause probate trial departments.


Before becoming a judge, Professor Whitley was in private practice in San Francisco for ten years focusing primarily on tax planning & litigation, estate planning, and commercial litigation. Prior to that, he was a government attorney in Washington, D.C. for nine years as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division and as a legislative counsel for the Washington D.C. government.


Director Whitley has received numerous honors and awards during his academic training and law careers.  His degrees include an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School, a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a B.A. in Business and Accounting from Bowie University.


LL.M in Tax, Georgetown University Law School

JD, University of Connecticut School of Law

BA, Bowie University


Prof. Whitley was an adjunct professor at GGU Law from 1983-2013.