Richard M. Martin, Jr. is a graduate of The Tulane University of Louisiana and Tulane Law School. He is a veteran trial lawyer with over 35 years’ experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases, with a focus on maritime and offshore claims. Richard has tried many cases to juries during his career, and his understanding of maritime matters is enhanced by his prior work experience as a deck hand on Mississippi River tow boats, as a crewman on offshore vessels, as an oil field roustabout, and as a commissioned U.S. Navy officer who served with the Sixth Fleet.
Following active Navy duty after law school and before entering private practice, Richard served as Law Clerk to the late Henry A. Mentz, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Richard is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and the District of Columbia. He has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits, and all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and the District of Columbia. He has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in federal district courts in Alabama, Arizona, California, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.
Richard’s maritime experience includes litigation under the Jones Act, Section 905b of the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Public Vessels Act, and the Suits in Admiralty Act. Richard has also represented clients in numerous non-maritime class actions and federal court multi-district litigations.
He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Louisiana Association for Justice, and the Mississippi Association for Justice, the author of numerous articles in the Louisiana Association for Justice’s Advocate Magazine, and a lecturer in maritime continuing legal education for the American Association for Justice and the Louisiana Association for Justice.
Richard married Elizabeth Wynne in 1983. They are the proud parents of medical doctor Harrison, art professor Olivia Leigh, and attorney Julia. His leisure activities include The Tulane Green Wave Club, regular motorcycle riding, weekend track driving, and high-performance driving instructor duties with Porsche Club of America and the National Auto Sports Association.