Margaret “Max” Ruthenberg-Marshall is an experienced attorney who focuses her practice exclusively on family law. Prior to opening her own firm, Max worked for a well-known family law firm in metro Atlanta. Max knows that it is not only her knowledge, but also her compassion that is important in assisting her clients through the stressful domestic litigation process. Max is committed to making the litigation process as stress-free and cost-effective as possible for her clients as she advocates for their goals.
In addition to her work representing clients, Max serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem, representing the interests of children in contested custody cases. Max’s work as a Guardian also helps her advocate for parents in contested custody cases, since she has experience working both as an advocate for parents and an advocate for children. This experience is particularly helpful when representing a parent in a custody case where the Court appoints a Guardian to the child, since that parent’s case needs to be advocated both to the Judge and to the Guardian.
Max also has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence both in pursuing Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and in divorce and other family law cases where there is a history of domestic violence. Max understands the unique challenges victims of domestic violence face and how participating in litigation can compound these issues.
Max participates in Swim Across America, which raises money for cancer research and treatment. The Atlanta swim donates to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at CHOA. In 2014, Max participated swam the 1-mile open-water swim, and was one of the top ten individual fund raisers. In 2016, Max participated as a land volunteer. In 2017, Max will again be swimming, this time challenging herself to complete the 5K open-water swim.
Max is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA), which strives to improve the Atlanta community through issue-based community impact. Through JLA, Max volunteers at community and JLA events which help raise funds for JLA’s community partners.
Max maintains a strong commitment to pro bono work. As part of her commitment, Max takes several cases each year through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) and DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (DVLF) for victims who cannot afford representation. Previously, Max spent five years volunteering for a domestic violence email hotline which provided legal information and local resources to victims of domestic violence.
Max grew up in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. After law school, Max moved to San Francisco for about a year prior to relocating to Atlanta. Max’s favorite things about Atlanta are the wonderful people and delicious food. When she is not practicing law, Max can frequently be found reading for bookclub or testing out her own cupcake recipes. Max is always up for a new experience, whether it is cruising through Europe, driving solo across the country, or participating in a 5K obstacle course mud run. Max is the oldest of five siblings. She currently lives in Decatur with her boyfriend and two cats, Freyja and Lorna.