Marvis L. Jenkins is an attorney with Swift Currie and focuses his practice primarily on general liability, commercial litigation and transportation law. Marvis has represented a wide variety of clients in the transportation industry including commercial motor vehicle companies and motor carriers, their drivers, specialty haulers, bus lines and motor coaches, automobile dealerships, emergency and nonemergency transportation providers and their insurers.
Prior to joining Swift Currie, Marvis worked at another well-respected insurance defense firm in the Atlanta area. He began his legal career in Birmingham, Alabama, and remains licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Alabama.
- National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2020-present
- Alabama State Bar
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- American Bar Association
- Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2013
- Defense Research Institute
- DeKalb Bar Association
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Outside of the office, Marvis is active in the local school system and takes special interest in improving public schools including being involved in career development programs within those systems.
Successfully defended a client in a Warren County jury trial where the defense represented a company defendant who was sued, along with an employee codefendant. The family of the decedent sued the client and the codefendant driver as a result of an automobile accident that killed the plaintiff’s father. The plaintiff asked for $5 million contending that the insurer failed to respond to a time limited demand and asserting that figure represented the full value of the decedent's life. Defense moved for directed verdict at the close of the plaintiff's case arguing that the employee codefendant was not in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the accident; therefore, the company defendant was not liable. The court initially denied the motion. After putting on evidence in support of the defense, the judge granted a directed verdict in favor of the company defendant. The jury later returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and awarded $10,000 in damages. On the plaintiff's motion for a new trial, the judge upheld the verdict and his ruling granting the directed verdict.