Providing legal excellence for over 60 years in Kentucky

John R. Martin Jr.

John R. Martin Jr.

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Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year John R. Martin, Jr. - Litigation - Insurance Lexington 2021
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2020

Biography

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.  I have been listed by Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007 and Best Lawyers in America since 1995, which is the oldest and most respected peer rated publication in the legal profession. 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 over 39 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 10 years. I have extensive experience in State and Federal trial practice and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

My professional associations and memberships include: Member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 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.

Education

  • 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

    Bar Admission

    • 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

    Practice Areas

    • Civil Litigation 40%
    • Insurance Defense 30%
    • Mediation/ADR 30%
    • 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

    Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2020, 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 - 2020
    • 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

    Ancillary Businesses

    • Mediation

    Professional Associations

    • 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 to 2006
    • IOLTA Fund, Chairman, 2003 to 2006
    • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006 to Present
    • Kentucky Bar Foundation, President-Elect, 2010 to 2011
    • Kentucky Bar Foundation, President, 2011

    Certified Legal Specialties

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

    Current Employment Position

    • Partner