Marya L. Schalk

Marya L. Schalk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Chattanooga, TN

Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, P.C.
 | 735 Broad Street, Suite 800
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2931
Phone: 423-933-2738
Fax: 423-266-5211
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

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 & Wyatt, P.C. (now Summers, Rufolo, & Rodgers, P.C.).  She has focused on criminal defense, including federal criminal defense, state criminal defense, and appellate work. Most of her work involves federal criminal defense ranging from drug cases to complex fraud cases.  Marya is a former member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in federal court.  She has prepared and/or filed briefs and petitions in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  


About Marya Schalk

Admitted: 2005, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:


  • Rising Star in Criminal Defense, Rising Star Superlawyers
  • Robert E. Pryor Award of Excellence in Advocacy, University of Tennessee College of Law, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Southeast Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women
  • Federal Bar Association 


  • State of Tennessee v. Rosemary Decosimo - Won Appeal in the TN CCA; Tennessee Supreme Court later reversed the decision of the TN CCA but only after the Tennessee Legislature amended the statute which we had challenged as being unconstitutional., 2018
  • In re Estate of Brock - Won Appeal in TN Supreme Court, 2017
  • State v. Robert Franklin - Won Appeal to TN CCA, 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Arthritis Foundation Fundraiser - raised over $50,000 for the Arthritis Foundation in last 8 years, 2020

Educational Background:

  • Vanderbilt University - Bachelor of Science, 2002
  • University of Tennessee College of Law - JD, 2005
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Office Location for Marya L. Schalk

735 Broad Street
Suite 800
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2931

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Last Updated: 6/26/2020

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