Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law

Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law is an American legal drama, jointly created by David Victor and former law professor Jerry McNeely, that starred actor Arthur Hill. The series was broadcast on ABC from 1971 to 1974. A two-hour pilot movie had aired as a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week entry prior to the series run.

Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law
Marshall (Arthur Hill) with clients. From left: Michael Witney, Sharon Gless, John Davidson, Louise Sorel, 1972.
Created byJerry McNeely
David Victor
StarringArthur Hill
Reni Santoni
David Soul
Lee Majors
Joan Darling
Christine Matchett
Theme music composerElmer Bernstein
Composer(s)Lyn Murray
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes69 (list of episodes)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Groverton Productions
MCA/Universal TV
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1971 (1971-09-16) 
August 24, 1974 (1974-08-24)


Hill starred as Owen Marshall, a compassionate defense attorney who defended various clients in Santa Barbara, California with the help of his young assistants. During the series run, several actors played the role of Marshall's assistants, including Reni Santoni, David Soul (later of Starsky and Hutch fame) and Lee Majors, formerly of The Big Valley and The Men from Shiloh. Majors co-starred in the series prior to his appearance in The Six Million Dollar Man.

Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law had two crossovers with another David Victor series Marcus Welby, M.D. In "Men Who Care", Welby (Robert Young) persuades Marshall to defend a man who's accused of killing his daughter's boyfriend, the daughter being one of Welby's patients. In "I've Promised You a Father", Marshall defends Welby's colleague Dr. Steve Kiley (James Brolin) in a paternity suit filed by a young nurse, who claims that Kiley is the father of her child.


Guest stars

The series marked one of director Steven Spielberg's earliest television directing stints and boasted several guest stars including:


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Television filmSeptember 12, 1971 (1971-09-12)
123September 16, 1971 (1971-09-16)March 2, 1972 (1972-03-02)
223September 14, 1972 (1972-09-14)March 14, 1973 (1973-03-14)
323September 12, 1973 (1973-09-12)April 6, 1974 (1974-04-06)


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