John B. Martin Associate




John Martin focuses his practice on commercial litigation and municipal liability matters, including trial-level and appellate litigation. In addition to engaging in complex commercial litigation and motion practice, John has litigated complex dispositive and evidentiary motions for municipal governments regarding issues of civil rights, employment, constitutional law, negligence and common-law tort liability. These motions repeatedly have achieved favorable results, including several dismissals, for firm clients. 

Prior to joining the firm, John served for three years as law clerk to Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York State Court of Appeals, where he attained the rank of Principal Law Clerk. In that role he worked on various matters that came before the court, which hears novel criminal and civil cases of statewide importance in a broad array of practice areas, including liability, constitutional law, municipal liability, negligence and commercial litigation matters. 

After law school, John was an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he worked as an appellate specialist for nearly five years. During that time, John routinely briefed and argued numerous appeals in the Appellate Division, First Department, Appellate Term and the New York State Court of Appeals, which is New York’s highest court. He briefed cases addressing a variety of criminal law issues in the plea and trial contexts, including statutes relative to plea bargaining, sentencing, statutory interpretation, constitutional interpretation, evidence, and the constitutional rights of accused and convicted offenders.