Gene A. Marsh

  • Of Counsel at Jackson Lewis P.C. (899 Attorneys)
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Gene A. Marsh is Of Counsel in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Marsh has focused on collegiate sports work since 1996, with an emphasis on NCAA compliance matters relating to college athletics programs. He represents institutions, coaches and athletes.

Mr. Marsh, aProfessor Emeritus at the University of Alabama’s School of Law, was the University of Alabama Faculty Athletics Representative to the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA from 1996 through 2003, where he served as Chair of the University Compliance Committee, the University Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, and the NCAA Certification Committee and Self-Study Project.

Mr. Marsh was a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions from 1999 through 2008 and was named Chair of the Committee on Infractions from 2004 to 2006. He was also a member of the NCAA Business/Finance Cabinet and the NCAA Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Penalties and Forfeitures and served on an NCAA subcommittee reviewing infractions penalties. He was a member of the Working Group of the Six Major Athletic Conferences and served on the Working Group Subcommittee on Incentive Clauses in Employment Contracts. Mr. Marsh has also served on several committees for the Southeastern Conference, including work on the Executive Committee, the Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement, and the Commissioner Search Advisory Committee.

Mr. Marsh has published two law review articles on NCAA investigations and the infractions process. He is a frequent speaker on college campuses in undergraduate and law school classes, as well as athletic compliance meetings. He has made presentations for NCAA regional compliance seminars, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Faculty Athletics Representative Fall Forum, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Street and Smith’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, the Sports Lawyers Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the National Association for Athletics Compliance.

He served three years in the U. S. Army Infantry with the Presidential Honor Guard at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

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August 15, 2018
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September 26, 2017
The New York Times

Gene Marsh Comments on the N.C.A.A.’s Case Against the University of North Carolina

Gene Marsh comments on the University of North Carolina awaiting possible penalties from the N.C.A.A. over accusations of academic fraud in North Carolina Looking to Slip Through Hole in N.C.A.A. Rules, published by The New York Times.Subscription may be required to view article


Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
Moving Your Infractions Case Along and Avoiding the Next One
September 12, 2016

In the nine years I served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (COI), we processed roughly 120 major infractions cases. Most were handled through in-person hearings, but a few were handled on paper, through the summary disposition process.

By Gene A. Marsh

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
How Did This Happen? When Good Compliance Systems and People are not enough in College Athletics and Corporations
August 6, 2014

Several years ago, in my last term on the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, I was listening to a university president try to explain how his athletic program landed in trouble, despite having pretty good compliance systems and people in place.

By Gene A. Marsh

Collegiate & Professional Sports Law
Recommendations for Ensuring Academic Integrity in Athletic Programs
April 24, 2014

That academic misconduct often does not result in punitive action from the NCAA has always been a complicated matter for the NCAA enforcement staff and Committee on Infractions (COI).

By Gene A. Marsh

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations
  • Higher Education
  • Media

Education & Credentials

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(205) 332-3100  Phone
(205) 332-3131  Fax
University Attended:
The Ohio State University, B.S. / M.S., 1978
Law School Attended:
Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981, Alabama

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