Hon. Marshall Whitley
Hon. Marshall Whitley (ret.)
Visiting Professor of Law

Director of LLM Tax and Estate Planning Programs

San Francisco
  • 415-442-6638

Marshall Whitley recently retired as a judge of the California Superior Court in Alameda County. He joined the Golden Gate School of Law faculty as Professor and full-time Director of the LLM Tax Program, where he has been an adjunct professor since 1985. Judge Whitley's 20 years as a judge with the California Courts included presiding over all aspects criminal and civil trial and calendar departments. For the past ten years, he has also served as the presiding judge of the Superior Court's 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, DC for nine years as a Trial Attorney for the US Department of Justice Tax Division and as a legislative counsel for the Washington, DC government.

Director Whitley has received numerous HONORS & AWARDS during his academic training and law careers. His degrees include an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School, a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a BA in Business and Accounting from Bowie University.


  • LLM in Tax, Georgetown University Law School
  • JD, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • BA, Bowie University


  • 1983 - 2013: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law