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Former Asst. U.S. Attorney talks about the rule of law, his career, and giving back

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Marlon Primes served more than 30 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio before recently joining the law firm of Brennan Manna Diamond handling complex civil litigation.

Primes has risen to the heights of the legal profession while at the same time, giving back to his community.

He stresses the importance of the rule of law in a democracy and orderly society. He notes that no one should be above the law. His sterling legal career reflects that dedication.



He has been active in both work for the legal profession and community improvement work.

Primes is the Past President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (“CMBA”). It is one of the largest associations of lawyers and judges in Ohio. He was the first African American attorney to serve as president of the CMBA and the first government attorney to do so.

He also served as national Vice President of the National Bar Association, which is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges.

Primes also was the Chairman of the Litigation Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and has spent countless hours educating young lawyers and K-12 students on the importance of the law.

In 2020, he received the first ever Craig Tame Award for Excellence in Community Outreach based in part on his teaching of high school students about both rights and responsibilities under the U. S. Constitution.

In 2022, he was named one of Crain’s Cleveland “People on the Move.”

He received his undergraduate degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.