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H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel

1020 Spring Street Nw, Atlanta, GA

OBITUARY

Philip John MARZETTI

December 21, 1950August 7, 2019
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip John Marzetti, age 68, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, on August 7, 2019. He was born in Washington, D.C. on December 21, 1950, to Lawrence A. Marzetti and Josephine Palazzo Marzetti. He attended St. John’s High School in Chevy Chase, DC. Upon graduation, he obtained his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Boston College and earned his J.D., Cum Laude, from Harvard Law School. Phil was a man of the upmost integrity in his personal and professional life. He was the most happy with his wife and family whether on the beach, in the backyard, on the golf course, traveling the world or driving in the mountains.

Phil began his legal career as a tax lawyer at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy (now Bryan Cave) in 1975 where he was elected partner. In 1991, he joined the international law firm of Paul Hastings LLP where he continued his distinguished legal career and was a top Chambers-ranked lawyer in tax in the State of Georgia for over a decade. Over the course of his career his legal practice was both broad and diverse, initially representing many clients in the telecommunications, real estate and textiles industry, but it was during his time at Paul Hastings that he became known as a national leader in the area of tax-incentivized investments involving tax credits. In addition to his legal expertise, he was very active in the management of Paul Hastings where he served as both the global chair of the tax department and Atlanta office chair for over ten years. He was most recently working with the firm Kowan Cordon in Atlanta, Georgia. He was overseeing some of their most sophisticated tax and M&A transactions as their senior Of-Counsel. Per his partners, Phil’s combination of extraordinary intelligence and unyielding dedication to his clients made him the ideal attorney and mentor. Phil was adored and respected by clients and colleagues alike.

Phil was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence A. Marzetti; his mother, Josephine P. Marzetti; and his nephew, David L. Marzetti. He is survived by his wife, Ellen DeLuise Marzetti, of Flowery Branch; a son, Anthony P. Marzetti of Lucca, Italy; a daughter, Alissa M. Marzetti, of Baltimore, Maryland; a stepson, Michael A. DeLuise, Jr. (Audry); a stepdaughter, Kathryn D. Liccardo (Ryan); and four grandchildren, Landon, Haley, Lucas, and Reece. He is also survived by his sister, Loretta Marzetti (Gerald Miller); his brothers, Lawrence Marzetti (Diane); Joseph Marzetti (Rose); Al Marzetti (Barbara); and many nephews and nieces. Phil is also survived by his wife’s family, including his mother-in-law, Marilyn Burgess; five brothers-in-law: Tom Burgess, Bob Burgess (Lori), Don Burgess (Teresa), Mark Burgess (Donna), and Glen Burgess (Emily); and his sister-in-law, Lori Petroni. Phil was loved immensely by his family and friends and will be missed beyond measure.

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 12, from 10:00 am until 11:30, with a service immediately following at H. M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 . In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the David L. Marzetti Memorial Music Trust Fund (http://www.davidmarzettimusictrust.com/), in memory of Phil’s nephew; Autism Speaks (http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Georgia?team_id=101208&pg=team&fr_id=4801), in honor of Landon Liccardo, Phil’s grandson; or the American Brain Tumor Association (https://www.abta.org/), a cause near and dear to Phil’s family.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, August 12, 2019

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michael kriner

August 13, 2019

Had the honor of growing up with AL and PHIL in Hillcrest Heights .Many memories, great family.It saddens me deeply that this has happened to Phil. He was funny but also most likely the smartest person I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with the family especially AL and LARRY.

John Steed Steed

August 12, 2019

To Ellen and all of Phil's loved ones--Suzanne and I were shocked to hear of Phil's sudden passing and want to convey our sincere condolences for you loss. Phil was a mentor, friend and valued colleague for over 30 years, and I know how much he cared for you all. With deepest sympathy, John & Suzanne Steed, Santa Barbara, CA

Emily Knoch

August 10, 2019

I had the privilege of working for Phil at Powell Goldstein back in the 80s and that is also where I had the great fortune to meet Ellen. Our friendships grew over the years and as life events unfolded, Phil, Ellen, Anthony, Mike, Alissa and Katy became a family fourteen years ago. Rolland and I were so very fortunate to be a part of this journey these many years and share the love so evident in this couple. The word devotion doesn't come close to describing what they had for each other...they were truly an example of a couple who shared everything with each other as well as with those fortunate enough to be close to them. It is so hard to imagine life without him. So great a love will never be replaced and our hearts are broken for the void left in this beautiful family. We will pray and support them as best as possible and invoke God to hold them tight in His loving arms. The greater our love the greater our grief and we wouldn't trade our memories with Phil ..... We will grieve together in Thanksgiving for the time we had with this wonderful man and forever be grateful for the joy he added to our lives.

Reinaldo Pascual

August 9, 2019

Hard to accept Phil has passed. He is the one law partner in my 32 years of practice that I loved and trusted blindly. A friend, a mentor, a partner, a confidant, a trusted advisor. Brilliant, caring, devoted, sincere, trustworthy etc. etc. etc. An extraordinary human being who truly cared. It is hard to imagine practicing law without having Phil to consult on the most complicated and tricky legal, business or interpersonal issues. From now own instead of calling him, I will just have to imagine what would Phil say, what would Phil tell me is best to do? Ellen, please accept my sincerest and deepest condolences. Have and will continue to pray for Phil and you and your family. Rey Pascual

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