Mr. Martin was also active in litigating complex commercial disputes, particularly those involving allegations of fraud or intentional wrongdoing. Among the more prominent commercial disputes where Mr. Martin was lead counsel were:
- The 15 year pursuit by EMLICO (GE’s insurer) of reinsurance for asbestos and environmental liabilities of the General Electric company including approximately 100 days of arbitration testimony; two appeals to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, three appeals to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, injunction proceedings before the US District Court for Massachusetts, trial and appellate proceedings in Bermuda, and a trial before the US District Court Southern District of New York. Almost a billion dollars of reinsurance were eventually recovered for the benefit of General Electric.
- The trial before the US Tax Court of a cutting edge issue involving the tax status of a complex financial product where the amount in controversy for the taxpayer is nearly 1/2 billion dollars.
- The successful defense before the Court of Appeals of the Tenth Circuit against efforts to enforce antitrust laws against the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies.
Mr. Martin formerly held a number of significant positions within the U.S. Department of Justice including the direction of its nationwide civil litigation practice as Acting Assistant Attorney General, and direction of its affirmative and defensive injunctive litigation as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Federal Programs. Among the more prominent cases where Mr. Martin was lead counsel were:
- The successful effort of the United States to obtain a prior restraint against the publication of secrets relating to the H Bomb by the Progressive Magazine.
- The nationwide litigation that froze Iranian Assets and the successful transfer of those assets in the face of litigation challenges to facilitate the freeing of US hostages.
While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Martin served in the Office of the US Solicitor General, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General supervised government civil appellate practice nationwide. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Martin has also had four arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and has appeared extensively before the US Courts of Appeals and various state appellate courts. Mr. Martin has taught appellate practice before the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.