Providing legal excellence for over 65 years in Kentucky

John R. Martin Jr.

John R. Martin Jr.

John R. Martin, Jr. | is recognized as a Member of | The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Rated by | Super Lawyers | John R. Martin, Jr. |
Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Peer Rated for High Professional Excellence 2023
Martindale Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of professional Excellence | 2022


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 served as President of the Kentucky Bar Foundation, and was awarded the Bruce K. Davis Award for Bar service in 2014. I have over 40 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.


  • 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
    • 1975

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

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Insurance Defense
  • Property and Casualty Defense
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Wrongful Death Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Defense
  • Defamation & Privacy Defense


  • 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
  • Selected to the 2022 KY Super Lawyers TOP 50 list
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2023, Litigation – Insurance, Mediation, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

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