Marya L. Schalk

Marya L. Schalk

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Marya Schalk graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2005. She served as a law clerk for one year to the Honorable Joseph M. Tipton of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in Knoxville. In 2006, she joined the law firm of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers. She has focused on criminal defense, including federal criminal defense, state criminal defense, and appellate work. She works with Mr. Summers on all of his federal cases and many of his state cases. She has prepared and filed briefs and petitions in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Marya has been named to the Mid-South Rising Stars by Super Lawyers from 2011-2016. 

Marya is from Nashville where she attended Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt University. She moved to Chattanooga in 2006 to be with her husband, Joe, who grew up in Chattanooga.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2006

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Appellate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2007
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2018


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) - May, 2002
  • Father Ryan High School, Nashville, Tennessee

Honors and Awards

  • Tennessee Law Review, 2003 - 2005
  • 2005 Robert E. Pryor Award of Excellence in Advocacy
  • Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 2005 - 2012
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2005 - 2012
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2009 - 2012
  • American Inn of Court, 2009 - 2011
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Law Clerk, 2005 - 2006


  • Alpha Omicron Pi