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Tanya D. Marsh

Tanya D. Marsh is a Partner at McNeely Stephenson in our Indianapolis office where her practice primarily focuses on commercial real estate law and death care services law.

Tanya graduated with a B.A. from Indiana University in 1994, where she studied history and political science. Tanya served as a Governor’s Fellow for Governor Evan Bayh for one year, then as the Assistant Director of Planning and Communication for the final two years of Governor Bayh’s second term.  Tanya entered Harvard Law School in Fall 1997, graduating cum laude in 2000.  Subsequent to her graduation from Harvard, Tanya served as a law clerk for the Honorable Theodore R. Boehm of the Supreme Court of Indiana for just over a year.

Tanya has practiced commercial real estate and corporate law in Indiana since 2001, in large law firms, as in-house counsel for a national developer/landlord, and independently.  She has primarily represented the owners of commercial real estate in purchase and sale transactions, financing, property management, and leasing.

Tanya is also a Professor of Law at Wake Forest University where she teaches courses in real property, trusts & estates, and the only course in a U.S. law school on funeral and cemetery law.

Tanya is a frequent speaker on topics related to commercial real estate law and funeral & cemetery law.  She has or is scheduled to present at annual conventions of ICCFA, CANA, The New York State Association of Cemeteries and the North American Death Care Regulators Association. Tanya has published articles on the funeral industry and/or funeral and cemetery law and has been quoted in articles appearing in national publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.

She is the author of  The Law of Human Remains (2015) and the co-author of Cemetery Law (2015).

Tanya is actively involved in the American Bar Association – Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and an Associate Reporter for the Restatement of Law (Fourth) of Property.


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