Judge John S. Martin is a trial lawyer who, before joining the firm was a federal judge for 13 years and prior to that, a federal prosecutor.
Judge Martin’s distinguished career spans over four decades, during which he has left an indelible mark on the legal profession. His extensive background as a jurist, federal prosecutor, accomplished attorney and sought after arbitrator and mediator has earned him a stellar reputation in the legal community.
During his 13 years on the federal bench Judge Martin presided at numerous trials involving complex commercial disputes. He had responsibility for the $3.2 billion insurance coverage dispute between Silverstein Properties and its insurers raising the question of whether the attack on the World Trade Center was one or two occurrences. He tried cases involving patent infringement and insurance coverage for product liability claims and decided on the important issue of copyright and securities law. Since retiring from the Southern District Judge Martin has served as both party-appointed and neutral arbitrator in a broad range of cases including contract interpretation, insurance coverage, construction claims, accountant’s liability, and property damage including a $900 million dispute involving the construction of an electric power plant, insurance coverage disputes with claims in excess of $500 million, and disputes involving compensation due to senior executives as a result of the termination of their employment. He has also served as a moot court judge and as a consultant with respect to complex litigation.