Government Experience

  • Department of Justice: Tax Division—Court of Federal Claims Section, Trial Attorney, 2009-2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York—Law Clerk, Honorable Victor Marrero, 2008-2009


  • Emory University, B.A. (2002)
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (2005) cum laude


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

S. Starling Marshall


When clients face complex commercial and tax disputes, they rely on S. Starling Marshall as their advocate and counselor. Starling is a trial lawyer with over 15 years of experience who has successfully represented clients before federal and state courts, arbitration panels, and administrative tribunals. Drawing on her years of government service and private practice, she guides clients toward business-minded solutions throughout all phases of an investigation or litigation.

Starling is a partner in the Litigation and Tax groups in the firm’s New York office. In addition to representing clients in all stages of litigation, she guides clients through complex IRS audits and administrative appeals, provides tax-related advice, conducts internal investigations, and represents individuals and corporate entities in criminal tax matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Starling served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division. During her time at the DOJ, she litigated cases before federal district courts and the Court of Federal Claims. Starling focused on complex tax shelter matters involving partnerships and penalty issues and cases in the energy industry, including cases involving Section 1603 grants for renewable energy projects and nuclear decommissioning liabilities. For her service, the DOJ awarded her the Outstanding Attorney Award (2015) and the Special Commendation for Outstanding Contribution (2013). From 2010 to 2014, Starling worked with the DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy to vet candidates for the federal judiciary.

From 2008 to 2009, Starling served as a law clerk to the Hon. Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Her pro bono work includes serving as lead counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrant Rights Project and with ACLU-Utah in a Bivens action against U.S. marshals who raided a family’s home on two successive days. Starling received the New York County Lawyers Association Conspicuous Service Award for authoring a chapter in “Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts,” fifth edition, a joint venture of Thomson Reuters and the New York County Lawyers Association.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court, 2013-present
  • Dave Nee Foundation, President of the Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Fordham Law Alumni Association of Washington, President of the Board of Directors, 2012-2016
  • Federal Bar Association - New York Chapter, 2016-present; Taxation Steering Committee, 2012-present
  • American University's Washington College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2012-2016

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Firm News & Announcements

October 13, 2022 Reid Tomasello Elected Co-Chair of Young Tax Lawyers Committee of the Federal Bar Association’s Section on Taxation
August 18, 2022 The Best Lawyers in America 2023 Recognizes 54 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year
October 7, 2021 Partner S. Starling Marshall Appointed Chair of The Federal Bar Association’s Section on Taxation
May 26, 2021 Partner S. Starling Marshall Elected as Fellow into American College of Tax Counsel
March 15, 2021 Crowell & Moring Establishes Global Environmental, Social, and Governance Advisory Team
September 18, 2019 Crowell & Moring’s New York Office Adds Former DOJ Litigator Starling Marshall