John Martin Receives National Foundation for Judicial Excellence Award

Dallas – The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce John H. Martin has been awarded the Richard T. Boyette Award for Outstanding Contributions to The National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (“NFJE”). He received the award for his commitment to excellence in judicial education; exceptional creativity and dedication in program development; excelling in fundraising activities on behalf of NFJE; and exemplifying professionalism in promoting the case for a well-educated, independent judiciary.

Mr. Martin is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the NFJE and Senior Counsel in Thompson & Knight’s Trial Practice Group in the Firm’s Dallas office. He has been a defense lawyer for more than 40 years and focuses his practice on mass tort and catastrophic injury, aviation, pharmaceutical, professional liability, and general business and commercial litigation. A lifelong Dallas resident, he joined the Firm immediately upon graduation from The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, in 1974.

In addition to his service to NFJE, Mr. Martin is actively involved in a number of legal professional organizations. For example, he has been a member of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar since 1984; served on its Board of Directors and as President (2007-2008). He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He served as President of Lawyers for Civil Justice, President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and Chair of the Dallas Association of Defense Counsel. Also, Mr. Martin served for many years on the Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee and State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee. He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow of the American Bar Association, and a Board Member and Research Fellow of The Center for American and International Law.

The NFJE addresses important legal and policy issues affecting the civil justice system by providing advanced and topical education to the judiciary, by publishing scholarly works, and by engaging in various efforts to enhance judicial excellence and fairness for all engaged in the judicial process. Mr. Martin has served NFJE as a director, vice president, president, and as its board chair. To learn more about NFJE, visit