Marc R. Stanley is a trial lawyer, political activist, Jewish community leader, and philanthropist from Dallas, Texas. He has 37 years of experience as a leading trial lawyer and 44 years of experience in government and public service, including his appointment as Chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority by Texas Governor Ann Richards. Secretary of Defense William Cohen appointed Marc as a Member of the Board of Visitors of the Air University of the United States Air Force. In 2011, Marc was appointed by President Barack Obama as a Council Member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Marc is founder of the Stanley Law Group, a Dallas-based firm that focuses on national class actions and complex litigation. His career highlights include a landmark case against an insurance company for breach of fiduciary duties in handling 401(k) investments. In 2015, after 13 years of litigation and seven published opinions, the defendant paid $140 million in cash and $60 million in future economic benefits—the second largest reported settlement in the U.S. in 2015.
He is a member of the Board of Directors, and has served as President of both the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He has been voted a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” and a “Super Lawyer” for the entire state of Texas for nearly every year since the accolades were established.
Marc has served as a board member and leader of many Jewish charitable and political organizations, including six years as Chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council. In his hometown of Dallas, Marc is also Immediate Past-Chair Chairman of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc., a Jewish-sponsored, not-for-profit charitable organization providing continuing care retirement communities and in-home care for seniors and their families.
Marc’s national public service began in college, when he worked three years for the U.S. Congress, working with Representatives Morris K. Udall (D-AZ) and Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) and with the Committee on House Administration (as an aide to Chairman Frank Thompson (D-NJ)). In that role, he created the first Telephone Directory for the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as its Editor from 1977-1979. He later served as Dallas County Chair for Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s campaign in 1988 and Governor Ann Richards’ campaign from 1989-1990.
Marc and his wife Wendy, married for 36 years, have three grown children. Marc supports and/or volunteers with a number of local Texas organizations, including the Jewish Community Center, Temple Emanu-El, and the North Texas Food Bank.
Admitted to the Texas bar, 1982; District of Columbia bar, 2012. Also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the Western District of Arkansas.
George Washington University (B.B.A., 1979); The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1982). President, The University of Texas Student Bar Association, 1981-82.
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992.
Dallas and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2003); Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1999-; Chairman, Class Action Task Force, 2000; Secretary-Treasurer, 2002; President, 2006); American Association for Justice (Board of Governors, 2001-2004); Public Justice; American Board of Trial Advocates; National Association of Consumer Advocates; Dallas Bar Foundation.
Recent Authorship & Speeches
“Dealing with Attorneys’ Fees and Objections in Class Actions,” National Class Action Institute, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois (1997); (Speaker) “Class Action Update,” Advanced Products Liability Conference, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1998); (Speaker) “Advanced Commercial and Consumer Law Course,” State Bar of Texas (1999); (Speaker) “National Class Action Seminar,” New Orleans, Louisiana (2001); (Speaker) “Class Action Update,” Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, State Bar of Texas, Dallas and Houston, Texas (2002); (Speaker) “Ethics of Mass Tort Settlements: How a Lawyer with No Clients Can Settle Your Cases Without Your Consent,” (July 2002); (Speaker) “Class Actions, MDL, Venue, and Forum Non: Micro Management of Mass Torts,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association (December 2003); (Speaker) “A Brave New World: Texas Class Action Practice After HB4,” State Bar of Texas (January 2004); (Co-author/Speaker) “The Class Action Unfairness Act of 2005;” Dallas Bar Headnotes (April 2005); (Speaker) “Changing the Rules: Texas Class Action Practice After HB4 and CAFA”; State Bar of Texas (August 2006).