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Inspiration and experience

Near the end of law school, Marvin Nathan heard the United States Solicitor General Archibald Cox speak about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was one of the defining moments of Marvin’s life. It inspired Marvin to serve as a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated and prosecuted several significant cases before returning home to Houston.

Marvin’s fierce, passionate, and unwavering devotion to his calling as a lawyer and duty to his clients is the cornerstone of Nathan Sommers Gibson Dillon’s approach to law practice. Marvin inspires and challenges all firm attorneys to perform to the best of their abilities every day and to treat each client and each matter with an equally high degree of commitment, passion, and empathy.

Today, Marvin practices primarily in real estate and business organization law. Marvin represents developers, investors, landlords, tenants, and property owners associations in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate matters and formulates strategies for addressing and resolving all types of disputes. Marvin values the importance of not only precisely papering a deal for clients, but also providing sound, sage and thoughtful advice to his clients and colleagues.

Many of Marvin’s clients depend on him as a trusted counselor to advise and guide them, whether in formulating business strategy, engaging in a dispute in court, or navigating personal challenges. Marvin is a native Houstonian, and he has represented up to three generations of family clients. That kind of mutual respect and devotion between a lawyer and his clients is rare in today’s world but is a bedrock principle of Nathan Sommers Gibson Dillon.

Admitted to Practice
Texas, 1966
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth District

Doctorate of Jurisprudence, University of Houston, 1966, cum laude

Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Member of Texas Bar Association
  • Member of Houston Bar Association
  • Attorney General’s Honors Program, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,1966 -1968
  • Editor in Chief, Houston Law Review, 1965-1966
  • Order of the Barons, 1965 -1966
  • West Law Award – Most Outstanding Contribution to Houston Law Review, 1966
  • Matthew Bender Award – Outstanding Contribution to Houston Law Review, 1965
  • Wall Street Journal Award – Faculty Recognition of Most Outstanding Student in Study of Business Organizations, 1965-1966
  • Miscellaneous Bancroft Awards for Highest Grade in various courses
  • Speaker for the State Bar of Texas, Advanced Real Estate Course for 1984 and 1987
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, University of Houston Law Center – 1994, 1995
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association President’s Award, 1991
  • University of Houston Law Center Dean’s Award, 1993
  • University of Houston Law Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award, 1997
  • Anti-Defamation League Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, 2003
  • University of Houston Law Center Dean’s Award, 2004
  • University of Houston Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2008
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters service, Super Lawyer – 2003 – 2022
  • Anti-Defamation League Centennial Award,  2013
  • University of Houston President’s Medallion, 2017
Community Involvement
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Former National Chair 2015-2018
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Genesys Works
  • Current Member of Board of Directors, Anti-Defamation League Foundation             
  • Former Chair and Member, University of Houston Law Foundation
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, University of Houston Foundation
  • Former Chair and Member, University of Houston Law Alumni Association
  • Former Chair and Member, University of Houston Alumni Association