Martin devotes the highest level of attention to cases, whether in the discovery, trial or appellate stages. As a class action lawyer, Martin led the firm’s efforts in Cappalli v. BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. that resulted in a federal court denying a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s class action complaint based on the membership-shortening practices of an East-Coast based merchandise club. He also directed the firm’s strategy in Lefaivre v KV Pharamceutical Co., in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a federal court decision that a class action for economic damages resulting from the purchase of adulterated drugs was barred by preemption.

Martin believes that education is the linchpin of success in life, and public education is the key. He is married to a public school teacher, has three children in Frisco public schools and is a member of Isbell Elementary Parent Teacher Association. Martin has coached Frisco youth hockey and soccer for almost ten years, and now serves as Boys Commissioner for the Frisco Soccer Association. In his free time (most often after 9 pm), Martin plays both hockey and soccer in competitive adult leagues. Martin previously served as president of Frisco Hunters Creek Homeowners Association and as a Collin County Democratic Party precinct chair.

Admitted to the Texas bar, 1996. Also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

Education and Honors:

Swarthmore College (B.A., 1990); The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1996). Secretary, Corporate Counsel Society, The University of Texas School of Law. 1994-95. Executive Editor, Texas International Law Journal, 1995-96; Baker & Botts Best Note Award, 1995; E. Ernest Goldstein Best Editor Award, 1996.

Internship:

Judicial Intern to Hon. Rose Spector, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas, Spring 1996.

Member:

Dallas, Frisco and American Bar Associations; American Association for Justice; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Dallas Trial Lawyers Association; State Bar of Texas; College of the State Bar of Texas; Public Justice; National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Recent Authorship and Speeches:

(Author) “TRIPS and NAFTA’s Chapter 17: How Will Trade-Related Multilateral Agreements Affect International Copyright?” 31 Tex. Int’l L.J. 269 (1996); (Co-Author) “Resolving Class Actions in the Plaintiff’s Favor: Settlement and Contested Final Judgments, “Federal Bar Association, April 2001; (Co-Author) “Summaries of Significant Class Action Opinions in Texas State and Federal Courts: 2001-2002,” May 2002; (Co-Author) “Class Actions, MDL, Venue, and Forum Non: Micro-Management of Mass Torts,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, December 2003; (Co-Author) “A Brave New World: Texas Class Action Practice After HB4,” State Bar of Texas, January 2004; (Co-Author) “Changing the Rules: Texas Class Action Practice After HB4 and CAFA,” State Bar of Texas, August 2006; (Speaker) “Class Action Basics in Texas,” Frisco Bar Association, October 2006; (Co-Author) “Navigating the Rough Terrain:  Class Actions in Texas After HB4 and CAFA,” The Advocate, Fall 2008;  (Speaker) Class Action Symposium, Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, October 2008.

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