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Marya L. Schalk

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Appellate Law


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 has worked with Mr. Summers on all of his federal cases since joining the firm, as well as many state cases. The majority of her work is in federal criminal defense and appellate work.  She has 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 2011-2019. 

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.

Past Positions

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


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • Bachelor of Arts - 05/2002
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Father Ryan High School, Nashville, Tennessee
    • 1998

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, 2005 to 2012
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2005 to 2012
  • Chattanooga Bar Association, 2006 to Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2009 to Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2009 to 2012
  • American Inn of Court, 2009 to 2011

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


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

Fraternities/ Sororities

  • Alpha Omicron Pi