Hon. Marshall Whitley (ret.)

Associate Professor of Law

Director of LLM Tax and Estate Planning Programs

San Francisco
Hon. Marshall Whitley

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 and 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

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 recipient of the Joanne M. Garvey Award by the State Bar of California Taxation Section Executive Committee. The Joanne M. Garvey Award was established by the Taxation Section to recognize lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution in the field of tax law.