Marnie Cody is far more than just a dedicated lawyer. She is a wife, mother, and as she likes to put it, a “closet teacher.” You hear a lot about the experience attorneys have, but you don’t often know about who they are as a person. We want to give you a glimpse into Marnie’s life so you can get to know her a little better.
Marnie has a real love of teaching and nurturing children. For the past 4 years, she has served as a catechist at her local church, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community, teaching 3rd thru 6th graders. She enjoys this very much, and teaches fun filled lessons about faith in a relaxed and happy setting that creates an environment for the children to be engaged, interested and eager to learn more.
This love of teaching dates back to when Marnie’s kids were growing up. She spent 9 years serving in her children’s classroom as a room parent and art docent. Even today, she continues to serve as a reading buddy in the Magic of Reading Program at Overland Avenue Elementary School. Her involvement with children and supporting their education has paid off. Both of her children now attend USC, her alma mater. Fight On!
Marnie’s love of helping children, which began early at USC where she was a Troy Camp counselor, led her to take leadership positions with local schools and organizations, where she could give back on a higher level. Marnie has devoted many years serving on the board of directors for our local public schools’ booster clubs. She has also served as president, vice-president and secretary for organizations including Friends of Overland, the Pali Quarterback Club, the Pacific Palisades Lacrosse Association (PPLA) and the Pali High Booster Club, for which she continued to work as a volunteer director even after her children had since graduated from high school. Marnie’s husband, Tom, likewise served as a director for the Pali Quarterback Club and was 6 years the president of PPLA. Volunteering to help children is a value deeply ingrained in Marnie’s family and will likely become a family legacy as her own children become adults.
Her son Kellen, currently vice-president of the USC Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, will graduate in 2019, and is majoring in communications and marketing, with aspirations of becoming a sports agent. Her daughter Michael Christine is a sophomore creative writing major and sister of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. In December Marnie took on her latest volunteer endeavor serving as the President of the USC Alpha Gamma Delta Parent Club!
One last tidbit about Marnie that you may not know is that she is married to an attorney. Marnie and Tom met at Loyola law school in 1986 and have been side by side ever since! Who would understand the long hours required to practice law better than another attorney? Together, in their free time, when they are not working hard for clients or volunteering for kids, you might catch them at a Chargers’ game!
Now that you know Marnie as a person, here’s a brief glimpse of her almost 30 years of experience as an attorney. Marnie graduated from USC with a degree in psychology and received her J.D. from Loyola Law School. First serving as a law clerk in 1988, Marnie has been practicing law alongside Richard Hamlin for nearly 30 years. (Richard Comments: It has been such a pleasure working with Marnie for the past thirty years that I can overlook her Trojan background…Go UCLA Bruins!)
Marnie’s primary areas of practice include outdoor advertising, real estate and business matters. She also handles probate and estate planning for small and mid-sized estates. In her career, she has handled all aspects of litigation and has successfully participated in local and state administrative matters and mediations and arbitrations involving both the public and private sector.
Marnie’s experience with outdoor advertising dates back to 1990. Marnie frequently handles legal matters related to the California Outdoor Advertising Act and Code of Regulations. She represents outdoor advertising companies, land owners and real estate developers and handles eminent domain and inverse condemnation proceedings, municipal land use matters,leases, easements, purchase and sale agreements, contractual disputes and other general real estate matters.