John R. Martin Jr.

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Louisville, Kentucky
502-589-7616 (Local)
  • John R. Martin, Jr. | is recognized as a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Best Lawyers 2016

I have been certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1994. I have been listed in the Best Lawyers edition of the Louisville magazine under both Personal Injury Defense and Mediation since 2006, which is the oldest and most respected peer rated publication in the legal profession. I have been listed by Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007 and Best Lawyers in America since 1995. I am admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of U.S. District Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

I have worked closely with the supervisors and claims professionals at the various Liberty Mutual Companies for several years. I have over 34 years experience and focus my practice in Insurance Defense, including Personal Injury, UM/UIM, Declaratory Judgment Actions, Product Liability, Property Casualty, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Insurance Coverage Disputes and Bad Faith. Additionally, I have done work as a mediator for the past 5 years. I have extensive experience in State and Federal trial practice and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Over the last three years, there have been several cases I have tried and in none of those cases has a verdict been returned in the plaintiffs' favor or in excess of the offer of settlement made by the company prior to trial. Recently, I tried a case where my client offered $200,000 before trial and the demand was for $450,000. The verdict at trial was $215,000, which both the carrier and I consider a win.

My professional associations and memberships include: Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Fayette County Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, IOLTA Fund, Board of Trustees, 2000-2006, IOLTA Fund, Chairman, 2003-2006, Kentucky Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006-Present, Kentucky Bar Foundation President-Elect, 2010-2011, Kentucky Bar Foundation, President, 2011.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Civil Litigation
  • 30% Insurance Defense
  • 30% Mediation/ADR
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Property & Casualty
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Animal Bites -- Defense
  • Assault & Battery -- Defense
  • Defamation & Privacy -- Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Defense
  • Premises Liability -- Defense
  • Slip and Fall -- Defense
  • Wrongful Death -- Defense
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science/Economics
  • Oxford University, Oxford, England - 1975

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Louisville
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer - Personal Injury Law - Defense, Mediation/Arbitration Law Non-Family
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Louisville
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in Kentucky, 2016
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocacy, 2009 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Louisville, Louisville Magazine, 2006 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Member
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Member
  • Louisville Bar Association, Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member
  • IOLTA Fund, Board of Trustees, 2000 - 2006
  • IOLTA Fund, Chairman, 2003 - 2006
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, President-Elect, 2010 - 2011
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, President, 2011

Ancillary Businesses

  • Mediation