Richard M. Martin, Jr. is a veteran trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases including maritime, Jones Act, automobile, product liability, aviation and pharmaceutical claims. Mr. Martin has tried and won multi-million dollar litigation cases during his career in federal and state courts. He has particular experience in federal multi-district litigation and federal and state court class actions, and has also served on numerous mass tort case management committees and subcommittees.
As a maritime personal injury trial lawyer, he has had substantial success in “brown and blue water” maritime cases. His understanding of how to try and win these cases is enhanced by his personal work experience as a deckhand on towboats and offshore boats, a roustabout worker on rigs and platforms, and as a U.S. Navy bridge watchstanding officer on an aircraft carrier.
His maritime litigation experience includes claims under the Jones Act, Section 905b of the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, the Extension of Admiralty Jurisdiction Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Public Vessels Act and the Suits in Admiralty Act. He has also litigated claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Alien Tort Claims Act.
Personally, Mr. Martin is known for being available around-the-clock to confer with co-counsel and opposing counsel, as well as his professionalism, which is reflected in his respectful treatment of his clients. His experience as a former Law Clerk for the Hon. Henry A. Mentz, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has given him a remarkable understanding of the federal court system.
Recently, Mr. Martin has served as Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee member and co-lead counsel in Chicago Property Interests, LLC, et al. vs. Broussard, et al., which arose from flooding in Jefferson Parish and was the only Hurricane Katrina case certified in a Louisiana state court as a class action. Currently, he serves as vice-chairman of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Laurendine, et al. vs. Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, et al., an Orleans Parish litigation where class certification is sought for flooding claims arising from the infamous 17th Street Canal floodwall failure during Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Martin has lectured on a number of maritime litigation topics over the years including two lectures he gave during the “Gulf Coast Oil Spill Symposium” and “15th Annual Admiralty Symposium” for the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Mr. Martin is married to his wife of thirty-one years, Elizabeth. They are the proud parents of Harrison, Olivia Leigh and Julia, who have graduated from Colgate University, Dartmouth College, and Vassar College respectively. Outside of the home, his leisure activities include being a high-performance driving instructor, membership in Porsche Club of America’s Mardi Gras Region, track driving, membership in several military and patriotic organizations, and classical music.
Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, § 905 b
Offshore Platform Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
Extension of Admiralty Jurisdiction Act
Suits in Admiralty Act and Public Vessels Act
Mass Torts (Class Actions, Multi-District Litigation, and Mass Joinder Claims)
Motor Vehicles Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
Federal Tort Claims Act
Aviation Wrongful Death
Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
Member, Mississippi Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, District of Columbia Bar
Member, Louisiana Association for Justice
Member, Mississippi Association for Justice
Member, American Association for Justice
Member, Southeastern Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter, and Admiralty/Maritime Section
Member, The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Tulane University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Honors in History Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Tulane University Law School, J.D. White Inn, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeal for the 5th, 9th, 11th, and D.C. Circuits
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi
United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
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