Chriswell Law Offices
Licensed in Pennsylvania State and Federal Courts
Born and Raised in Indiana, PA
(724) 465-5826
Attorney Bio

Marshall D. Chriswell is the principal attorney and proprietor of the Law Offices. He focuses his time on representing individuals and small businesses in a variety of matters, including real estatewills & estate planningprobatefamily law, and small business law.

Mr. Chriswell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. A graduate of Indiana Area High School, he obtained a B.S. in Political Science/Pre-Law from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from IUP, he moved to Washington, DC to pursue additional experience and education in the field of law.

In Washington, DC, Mr. Chriswell held positions with the well-respected boutique law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto (as a legal assistant and later a law clerk) and the National Whistleblowers Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the legal protection of employee whistleblowers.

Mr. Chriswell earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. While in law school, he served as an Associate and Senior Editor of the Law Review, and spent nine months as a law clerk to the Honorable Jennifer M. Long, Principal Administrative Law Judge at the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings.

A firm believer in the lawyer’s duty of public service, Mr. Chriswell spent over 1000 hours during law school providing direct legal representation to many indigent and vulnerable Washington, DC residents. His efforts were recognized at the annual awards gala of The Olender Foundation, where he was awarded the Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award, along with a tuition grant. In conjunction with this work, he was also chosen as a recipient of an Equal Justice America Fellowship, during which he represented low-income DC residents in affordable housing matters and landlord/tenant disputes.

Mr. Chriswell represents clients in a civil practice with experience in the following areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration (probate)
  • Family Law, including divorce, custody, and support
  • Real Property transactions and disputes, including: purchase/sale/gift of property; easements/right-of-way agreements; Oil & Gas leases; rent-to-own agreements;
  • Business Law, including: Business formation or changes; fictitious name registration; debt collection;
  • Contracts and Leases, drafting and review
  • Creditor’s rights
  • Consumer rights
  • Employment Law
  • Landlord/tenant matters
  • General civil litigation

Mr. Chriswell is licensed to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • Pennsylvania State Courts
    • Includes all Courts of Common Pleas, Orphans Courts, Magisterial District Courts, and Appellate Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Mr. Chriswell is a member of the following professional organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Indiana County Bar Association