TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WDHN)—In Tuscaloosa tonight, special recognition for a long-time Enterprise attorney at his alma mater.

Dale Marshall became the first wiregrass attorney ever inducted into the Alabama Law School Hall of Honor.

In 49 years as an attorney, Marsh proudly says he’s represented everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs to those clients who don’t have 50 dollars to their name.

The fifth-generation Coffee Countian has practiced his profession in state and federal courthouses nationwide.

In 2020, The University of Alabama School of Law started its lawyer hall of honor. Each year, four inductees are selected. They have to be UA law school graduates, have 25 years of experience in the legal profession, and be at least 50 years of age.

Friday night, he became the first lawyer from the wiregrass to ever be inducted.

Marsh says “It’s important to me, I think lawyers in small towns throughout Alabama that do the work, and many of them are worthy of recognition they never receive except in the eyes of their clients.”

Marsh is a retired colonel after serving 31 years in the Alabama Army National Guard and U.S. Reserve.

Over the years as a member of the UA renovation committee, he has met late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and current Justice Clarence Thomas.

“I chose Enterprise and it was the best decision I ever made. And if I had to do it all over again I would start practicing here in this same building as I did in 1974,” adds Marsh.

Mike Gurspan says “if a young person approaches dale marsh and says he or she is looking at becoming a lawyer. Marsh says it’s a noble profession.”

Marsh says “to look at service and if you do good work for clients the word will spread and your business will increase and you’ll make a good living.”