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Marlene Eskind Moses

Founding Partner
Email: marlene@mtrfamilylaw.com


Problems created in families need someone who can provide creative and highly desirable solutions. Marlene Eskind Moses is uniquely qualified to be that problem solver. With a Masters in Social Work, in addition to her law degree, Marlene understands the importance of protecting children, protecting or acquiring wealth, and planning for the future.

Clients appreciate the customized approach Marlene utilizes with each challenge presented. Listening, understanding, and achieving each client's desired result is of the utmost importance.

Marlene, founding Manager of MTR Family Law, PLLC, has long been recognized as an outstanding family law practitioner. She has received an "AV" rating, the highest available, in the Martingdale Hubbell Legal Dictionary, a nationwide publication which independently rates lawyers on the basis of their peers' opinions and she has received the highest rating possible by AVVO, which also rates lawyers by their peers, clients, and industry advisors.

She is Board certified as a Family Law Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The Best Lawyers In America has included her in its publication as a specialist in family law and she is named as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in its yearly publication. A certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and past President, she met the stringent requirements of membership. The approximately 1,600 AAML Fellows across the United States are recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity. Marlene is one of only 100 members across the country who was selected as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and she serves on its Executive Committee. Serving as Vice-President of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Marlene's practice is international, as well.


Preparatory and Legal Education:

  • Nashville School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1980
  • Tulane University, Master of Social Work, 1973
  • Tulane University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1972

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of the United States, March 24, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, April 30, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, December 9, 1981
  • State of Tennessee, April 11, 1981

Private Practice:

  • Principal,MTR Family Law, PLLC
  • Areas of practice include Family Law Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Law


  • U.S. News and Best Lawyers, Best Law Firm, 2014
  • Newcomb College of Tulane University, Distinguished Alumna Award 2012
  • Mid-South Super-Lawyers 2011, 2012, Tennessee The Top 100 and Mid-South The Top 50 Women
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer, 2006 through 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Awarded the Highest Rating (AV) for Attorneys
  • Nashville Business Journal, Women of Influence Award, 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America, The Best Lawyer in America in the Specialty of Family Law, 2006 through 2012
  • YWCA, Athena Award Nominee, 2002
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Outstanding Fellow of the Year Award, 2001
  • Nashville School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001
  • YWCA, 10th Annual Academy for Women of Achievement Nomination, 2001

Certifications and Training:

  • Collaborative Law
    • Trained in Collaborative Law, August, 2009
  • Mediation
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996
    • Tennessee Supreme Court Approved Mediator, Certified Rule 31 Listed Family Law Mediator trained
  • Arbitration
    • Trained Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1995
  • Family Law Specialist
    • Designated as the first Family Law Specialist in the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
    • Board Certified as a Family Law Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar and Professional Activities:

  • Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
    • Chair of the Protocols Committee, 2012, 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Past President, 2010 - 2011
    • President-Elect, 2009-2010
    • Vice-President, 2003-2008
    • Parliamentarian, 2002-2003
    • Board of Review Committee, 2001-2002, 2007
    • Board of Governors, 2001-2003
    • Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2000-2001
    • Liaison to the Changing American Family Committee, 2000-2001
    • Ad Hoc Member of the Executive Committee, 1998-2004
    • Membership Committee Chair, 1998-2003
    • Membership Committee, 1997-2003
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee Member, 1995-200\
    • Fellow,1994-present
    • Legislative Committee Member, 1994-1998
    • Executive Committee Member, 2003-2011
    • Best Practices Committee, 2008-2013
    • Chair of Cohabitation Agreement Committee, 2011-2013
    • Collaborative Law Committee, 2009-present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
    • Legal Counsel, 2007-2009
    • Vice-Present, 2005-2007
    • Secretary, 2005-2006
    • Treasurer, 2003-2005
    • Board Member, 2001-2009
  • American Bar Association
    • Child Custody Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee, 2001-2005
    • Family Law Section, Family Courts Committee, 1993
    • Law Practice Management Committee,1993
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate, 2003-present, Executive Committee Member 2012 to present
  • Board of Professional Responsibility, Hearing Committee Member, 1992-1999
  • Harry Phillips American Inns of Court
    • Master Emeritus status, 2008-present
    • Recorder, 1994-2007
    • Member, 1992-2008
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2010-present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Vice President, 2010-present
    • Board of Managers, 2004-present
    • Parliamentarian, 2002-2003
    • Fellow, 1998-present
  • International Network of Boutique Law Firms
    • Firm membership, 2009-present
  • Lawyers Association for Women
    • President, 1996-1997
    • President-Elect, 1995-1996
    • Secretary, 1994-1995
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • First Vice-President, 1993
    • Member of the Board of Directors, 1990-1993
  • Domestic Relations Committee, Former Chair
  • Administration of Justice Committee, Former Board Liaison
  • Nashville Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Former Committee Member and Former Board Liaison
  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow, 1993-present
  • National Board of Legal Specialization Certification/National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • Vice President, 2009-2010
    • Executive Committee Member, 2006-2009
    • Board Member, 2000-2010
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Family Law Code Commission, 2000-present
    • Family Law Section Chair, 2001-2002
    • Family Law Section Vice-Chair, 2000-2001
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee,1995-2010
    • Family Law Section Member, 1982-present
  • Tennessee Bar Association Foundation, Fellow, 2001-present
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
    • President, 2003-2006
    • Member, 2001-2012
  • Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, Current Member
  • Tennessee Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Former Committee Member
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society
    • President, 2009-2010
    • President-Elect, 2008-2009
    • Founding Member, 1996
    • Board Member, 2004-present
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section Vice-President, 1994


  • Nashville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, "Collaborative Family Law Practice: The Alternative to Divorce Litigation", co-presenter, May 2013
  • Nashville School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, "How and Why Permanent Parenting Plans can be Changed", April, 2013
  • Family Law Conference for Tennessee Practitioners, “Modification of Permanent Parenting Plans,” December 2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, “The Role of Psychology in Family Law Over the Past Fifty Years,” November 2012
  • Nashville Bar Association, 2012 Practice Institutes Seminar, “Collaborative Divorce Practice: The Movement Away From Traditional Divorce Practice,” October 4, 2012.
  • TAM CLE Seminar, “Providing for the Paramour in Parenting Plans,” December 1, 2011.
  • Nashville School of Law, “Discovering Hidden Assets in a Divorce Case,” September 21, 2011.
  • TAM Family Law Conference, “Discovering Hidden Assets in a Divorce Case,” December 3, 2010.
  • Family Law Conference for Practitioners, “Advocacy in Family Law Mediation,” December 4, 2009
  • Tennessee Bar Association Family Law Forum, “Practicing Divorce Law in the Midst of Economic Turmoil,” May 21, 2009
  • Tennessee Association for Justice 2009 Domestic Law Forum, Professionalism in Domestic Law, “Dealing With Grandparents and What is New on Grandparent Visitation,” April 16, 2009
  • Lawyers Association for Women (L.A.W.) Mentoring Program, Panel Discussion at the Nashville School of Law, April 16, 2008
  • All About Women Annual Symposium, “Family Law Highlights,” September, 2005
  • Summit Divorce Planning, Financial Advisory Group, “Family Law Highlights,” September 2005
  • Tennessee Bar Association, “Understanding the New Child Support Guidelines,” December, 2004
  • Tennessee Bar Association, “Preventing Legal Malpractice and Ethics Complaints,” December, 2002
  • Tennessee Bar Association, “Bridge the Gap,” November, 2002
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, “Ethics Jeopardy,” November, 2002
  • Board of Professional Responsibility, “Ethics Workshop,” September, 2000
  • Nashville Bar Association, Emerging Trends and Issues Seminar, “The Voices of Children and When They Should be Heard,” February, 2000
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • “How to Handle Custody and Child Support Across State Lines,” December, 1998
    • “Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims,” May, 1995
    • “Seven Areas of Ethical Consideration,” 1994 (two sessions)
  • Mediation Association of Tennessee, “Family Law in Tennessee,” May, 1995
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • NBA Ethics in Family Law, September, 1995
    • NBA Convention, 1992
    • NBA Probate Seminar, 1992
  • National Business Institute, Family Law, 1991 and 1992
  • Clerks of Tennessee Courts
  • Southeastern Paralegal Institute, Prior Family Law Instructor
  • Family Law Conference for Practitioners, “Advocacy in Family Law Mediation,” December 4, 2009


  • Marlene Eskind Moses, "Modification of Permanent Parenting Plans in Tennessee", Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 49, No. 5
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, "Helping Children Endure Divorce", Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1, January 2013
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “Uncovering Hidden Assets in Divorce: Secret Closets and Covering Your Bases,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2012.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “The Pitfalls of Romantic Involvement During Divorce Proceedings,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 48, No. 1, January 2012.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “Recent Evolution of the ‘Paramour Provision’ History,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 47, No. 9, September 2011.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “Parental Alienation in Child Custody Disputes,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol.47, No. 5, May 2011.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “Divorce Planning in Tennessee: Pre-Nuptial, Post-Nuptial Agreements and Trusts,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 47, No. 1, January, 2011.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “An Overview of Tennessee’s Burgeoning Alternative Dispute Resolution Process: Collaborative Law,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 46, No. 9, September, 2010.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “Hague Convention of October 25, 1980: The Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 46, No. 5, May, 2010.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, “The Current Status of Tennessee’s Grandparent Visitation Law,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 46, No.1, January, 2010 reprinted in The Verdict, 2010.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, James R. Everett, Jr., and Ronald K. Nevin, “Guardianship and Conservatorship,” Tennessee Practice Series, Legal Forms, Chpt. 48, Vol. 15 (Supp.1993).
  • Probate Section of Tennessee Practice Series (prior edition)
  • Marlene Eskind Moses “The Current Status of Tennessee’s Grandparent Visitation Law,” Tennessee Bar Journal, 2009.
  • Marlene Eskind Moses, James R. Everett, Jr., and Ronald K. Nevin, “Guardianship and Conservatorship,” Tennessee Practice Series, Legal Forms, Chpt. 48, Vol. 15 (Supp.1993).
  • Probate Section of Tennessee PracticeSeries (prior edition).