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Joshua Marks


Joshua D. Marks is a partner in the firm of Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed, LLP, who specializes in real estate, environmental and conservation law as well as general business law and nonprofit entities.

In his real estate practice Marks assists a range of clients in the purchase, sale and exchange of both developed and undeveloped real estate, the conservation of open space via fee title acquisition and conservation easements, the development of commercial real estate in an energy- and resource-efficient manner as well as the re-development of brownfields sites.He also assists landowner clients with land management and natural resources issues, including the negotiation of land use agreements with third-party utility, oil and gas, coal, and railroad companies as well as agencies at all levels of government.

Marks, who worked for seven years as a lobbyist, media specialist and campaign coordinator for numerous nonprofit organizations at the local, state and federal level, also offers counseling regarding renewable energy and ecosystem market projects as well as environmental permitting, compliance and regulatory matters. He assists clients in the formation of various business entities and advises several nonprofits regarding corporate governance, grant making and contracts.

A graduate of Dartmouth College (1992) and Georgia State University College of Law (cum laude, 2002), he is a member of the Georgia Bar, as well as the American Bar Association’s Natural Resources and Environment Section, and the Georgia Bar’s Environmental and Real Estate Law Sections.

He has published several articles including: “Regulating Agricultural Pollution in Georgia: Recent Trends and the Debate Over Integrator Liability,” Georgia State University Law Review, Summer 2002, and “Analysis of Georgia’s ‘Patient’s Right to Know Act,” Georgia State University Law Review, Fall 2001.

Marks lives in Sandy Springs with his wife, Hedy, and his children, Jacob, Charlie, and Ella.

Representative Experience –

  • Represents client in ongoing operational activities on more than two million acres of ranch properties throughout the U.S. and Argentina, including activities related to real estate acquisition, conservation, endangered species habitat protection, sustainable development, ranching, forestry, oil and gas, railroads, utility and access easements and water rights.
  • Represented client in acquisition of 120-acre former automobile manufacturing site adjacent to commercial airport.
  • Represented a well-known nonprofit organization in a multi-million dollar sale of a Forest Legacy Conservation Easement on 2,500 acres, involving retention of rights for sustainable forestry, recreation and education activities.
  • Represented client in sale of property for, and joint venture development of, 30 MW photovoltaic solar electric facility.
  • Represented national land trust organization in structuring and placement of conservation easement on nearly 7,000 acres of property in South Georgia, and subsequent donation of fee title to same property to federal government for inclusion in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Represented well-known nonprofit organization in multi-million dollar purchase and subsequent transfer of 170-acre golf course to the State of Georgia for expansion of existing state park and wetlands mitigation, as well as numerous other bargain sale acquisitions, donations and sales.
  • Represented limited liability company in donation of conservation easement on 250-acre farm to local land trust.
  • Assisted State of Georgia with development and revision of model conservation easement.
  • Represents international nonprofit entity focused on nuclear and health security issues, assisting with corporate governance, grant-making and compliance matters.


  • “Regulating Agricultural Pollution in Georgia: Recent Trends and the Debate Over Integrator Liability,” Georgia State University Law Review, Summer 2002.
  • “Analysis of Georgia’s ‘Patient’s Right to Know Act,” Georgia State University Law Review, Fall 2001.



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Assistant - Tunisha Jennings
Phone - 404.588.0505
Fax - 404.582.8823
Email - jmarks@dpsslegal.com

Practice Areas

Undergraduate School

Dartmouth College ( A.B., 1992)

Law School

Georgia State University School of Law (J.D., 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia Bar


  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Georgia
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