P. Marshall  Yoder

P. Marshall Yoder

100 South Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

P. Marshall Yoder


Marshall Yoder’s clients describe him as a superb trouble-shooter and problem-solver both in and out of court.  He has represented a diverse array of clients ranging from individuals, family-owned businesses, Native American tribes, educational institutions, non-profit organizations as well as Fortune 500 companies.  Marshall helps clients to identify their long-term interests and goals and then works with them to identify the appropriate and efficient methods to satisfy those interests and goals.  Given the high cost of litigation, Marshall views the courts as the forum of last resort but realizes that in some circumstances, there is no other choice.

Marshall was a pioneer in the use of collaborative practice in the Shenandoah Valley, an approach to resolving disputes in which the parties explicitly agree that their attorneys should assist them in resolving their disputes outside of the court system.  Marshall uses the model extensively in his family law practice where he assists clients in focusing their efforts on a restructured family that supports the needs of the children.  Marshall is also a mediator and frequent trainer in the areas of negotiations,  collaborative practice and training others in the design and training of conflict resolution programs.  


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Marshall Yoder joined Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC from Poyner & Spruill LLP in Charlotte, NC where he served as co-head of that firm’s litigation section.

Marshall was a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., Senior United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina from 1988-1990 and to the Honorable K. Edward Greene on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1987-1988.

  • Represented a municipality in a multi-million dollar dispute with a general contractor over a waste water treatment plant in North Carolina and obtained a favorable settlement for the client.  
  • Successfully represented a Native American Tribe in federal court in Oklahoma regarding a dispute over a tribal business.
  • Represented a Church in a lawsuit by a disaffected faction and assisted in obtaining dismissal of the action based upon First Amendment principles. 
  • Obtained settlements totaling over seven figures for a trust beneficiary and minority shareholder arising out of the operation of family-owned properties and enterprises.
  • Successfully resolved claims against a German manufacturer who wrongfully terminated its contract with a domestic distributor of automobile parts. 
  • Obtained dismissal of a multi-million dollar lender liability action brought in North Carolina.
  • Successfully represented a corporate borrower in obtaining a upper six-figure recovery against a lender. 
  • Regularly assists clients in addressing higher education legal issues including FERPA, Title IX, joint ventures, employment and tenure issues and related matters. 
  • Has served as general counsel to several large Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

University of North Carolina (B.A., cum laude, 1980)

Campbell University (J.D., cum laude, 1987).  Editor in Chief, Campbell Law Review.  Co-Law Student of the Year, 1987,

Eastern Mennonite University (M.A. 2010) with a focus on conflict transformation, restorative justice and leadership. 


Admitted to Practice

North Carolina (1987)

Virginia (2006)

Best Lawyers in America, Collaborative Law

Virginia's Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine

AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

Virginia State Bar

North Carolina State Bar

Past president, Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley

President, Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals

Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association

Leadership Committee of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Fairfield Center Board of Directors

Steering Committee for Harrisonburg Police Department Restorative Justice Initiative

Former Member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University

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