I'm Stephen Marshall, and welcome to my website. I'm a member of Sherrow Marshall Schrader, PSC, where I've been a legal advocate for landlords since 2004. During that time, I've handled over 40,000 evictions in central Kentucky, and currently average well over 3,000 evictions per year. I've represented and advised hundreds of rental owners and managers on issues covering the entire leasing process from advertising through eviction, as well as post-tenancy issues such as housing discrimination complaints, security deposits, and collection issues.
I'm privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the Greater Lexington Apartment Association and the Apartment Association of Kentucky, where I provide general counsel services and participate in lobbying efforts on legislative issues affecting landlords. These associations have had numerous legislative successes:
- Defeated attempts to require rental licensing for landlords
- Drastically reduced the scope of legislation defining chronic nuisance properties
- Reduced liability for landlords in dog-bite cases
- Made the fraudulent use of assistance animals a criminal offense
- Made it a crime for tenants to intentionally damage residential rental property
I teach the legal portions of various training courses for property managers and leasing professionals offered through the National Apartment Association, and give multiple landlord-tenant law seminars and presentations throughout the year, ranging from in-house seminars for clients, classes at the University of Kentucky and the College of Law, to teaching Continuing Legal Education classes for attorneys.
Here's the fact: while there are a number of attorneys who represent landlords, there are very, very few landlord attorneys. Most attorneys who represent landlords have a very diverse practice and they only dabble in landlord-tenant law when necessary. That's not me. My entire practice is devoted to meeting the needs of landlords. In the property management business, you learn quickly that there's something new every day, and just when you think you've seen it all, a new scenario or problem arises. Because my practice has been primarily devoted to landlords through the years, there's little doubt that, while I haven't seen it all, I've seen more than most other attorneys, whose interests have been spread across different domains.
When you own or manage rental property, you're forced to wear a lot of hats. You have to be an expert on business, tenant relations, maintenance, decor, employee relations, and a thousand other things. You are part business leader, part counselor, part detective, and part do-everything-ninja. So, you need support. You need legal advice. You need to train your staff. That's why I'm here. To answer your questions, and help all those hats fit a bit more comfortably. Let's do this.