Marsha Murray-Lusby


Note:  Marsha Murray-Lusby passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 24, 2019. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, July 9, at Sunset Presbyterian Church. 

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Marsha Murray-Lusby is a partner at Dunn Carney LLP. Her practice encompasses estate planning and administration for clients in a range of businesses and with varied assets. Marsha also helps agri-business families with the unique challenges involved in estate and tax planning for succession.

Her practice includes preparation of wills and trusts; administration of all types of trusts; administration of probate estates; estate and gift tax planning; preparation of estate and gift tax returns; and post-mortem planning, particularly involving tax, disclaimer, and environmental issues.

Marsha’s experience in both planning and administration, and her genuine interest in learning about her clients, enables her to accommodate each client’s unique family dynamic, anticipate issues and customize plans to help ensure successful administration. She views estate planning as a process and emphasizes the importance of client education and communication. Her goal is to help clients make good planning decisions to ensure peace of mind that their wishes will be carried out and family relationships will be preserved.

Within the firm, Marsha lead the Estate Planning and Administration Team  for over 20 years and served on the firm Executive Committee. She is active in the Oregon estate planning community and is currently serving on the Oregon Law Commission work group to modernize Oregon’s probate code.

Outside the office, Marsha likes to travel, cook and watch soccer games. She has a penchant for reading murder mysteries and thrillers, a response, she claims, to reading technical documents as part of her day job.


Oregon, 1984

Washington, 2007


Willamette University College of Law, J.D., cum laude,1984; Willamette Law Review, 1982-1984, Managing Editor, Production, 1983-1984

University of Montana, B.A., History/Political Science, with High Honors, 1980



Protecting Your Business for the Next Generation: Estate Planning and Business Succession, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, January 2015, and Dunn Carney Water Summit, February 2015

Estate Planning-Federal and State Updates, Dunn Carney Ag Summit, Jan. 2013

Representative Clients

Professional Liability Fund

Professional Affiliations

Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Executive Committee, Chair, 2013

Portland Estate Planning Council, Member

Metropolitan Family Service, Board Member, 2005-2011

Community Organizations

Delta Gamma Fraternity, 1974-1980, Chapter President; Vice President, Rush; and Social Chairman

Delta Gamma Fraternity, National Field Consultant, 1980-1981

Oregon Health Sciences Foundation, 1995-1998, Planned Giving Committee, Vice Chair 1996-1997

American Field Service, Exchange Student – Turkey (1975-1976)

American Field Service, Turkish Student Host Family (2000-2001)

CODA Planned Giving Committee, 1999-2002

Oak Hills Elementary School, Beaverton, Oregon, 1997 – Art Literacy volunteer, school program coordinator, 2000-2007

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA, High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law, 2016-Present

Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2013-present

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates

Oregon Super Lawyers, Estate Planning, 2012-present

Five Star Professional List in Estate Planning in the Portland Area, 2011, 2012, 2014


Marsha has been quoted in national magazines such as Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine on estate planning issues and has appeared on MSNBC regarding estate tax issues.

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