Marlin Townes specializes in labor, employment, municipal, and education law. He represents employers before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies on matters involving unfair practices, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour claims.

Mr. Townes also counsels clients on a broad spectrum of labor, employment, and municipal matters, including disciplinary actions and terminations, labor relations, statutory, regulatory, and policy developments, procurement, government records requests, and land use. Additionally, he conducts external investigations on behalf of public sector employers, including investigations relating to allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, alleged violations of rules and procedures, and conflicts of interest. He further serves as Board Counsel for the Essex County College Board of Trustees.

Before joining O’Toole Scrivo, Mr. Townes served as in-house labor and employment counsel and the affirmative action officer for the City of East Orange and served as an associate at a mid-sized New Jersey law firm, where his practice focused on education law, labor and employment law, civil litigation, and redevelopment. Of particular note, he provided counsel to various public entities, including several Abbott school districts and the City of Newark’s economic development corporation.

Government Service

  • Assistant Corporation Counsel/Affirmative Action Officer, City of East Orange, 2014-2017


  • Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, J.S.C.