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John Martin focuses his practice on mass tort and catastrophic injury, aviation, pharmaceutical, professional liability, and general business and commercial litigation. He represents major commercial air carriers, aviation product manufacturers, and general aviation interests in accident litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and commercial litigation, and represents insurance carriers in major bad faith litigation. John’s professional liability practice encompasses the representation of attorneys, law firms, healthcare providers, and other professionals.

John takes an active role in numerous professional organizations. He has served as President of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, an international 22,000-member organization of defense lawyers and corporate counsel focused on issues important to the defense bar and civil justice system as a whole. He also has served as President of Lawyers for Civil Justice, a national organization of defense lawyers and corporate counsel dedicated to fairness and improvements within the civil justice system. John is a past President of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that addresses important legal policy issues affecting the law and civil justice system by providing meaningful education to state court appellate judges and by engaging in other efforts to continually enhance and ensure judicial excellence and fairness for all engaged in the judicial process.

Prior Employment

  • U.S. Naval Officer, 1968-1971

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Transportation Law), 1995-2021
  • Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award, 2015
  • Richard T. Boyette Award for Outstanding Contributions to The National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE), 2015
  • Dallas (Personal Injury, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants) “Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., 2010, 2012
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Class Action/Mass Torts, Professional Liability: Defense, Business Litigation, Aviation & Aerospace), 2003-2019
  • Top 15 Business-Defense Lawyers, “Defenders,” Dallas Business Journal, 2010
  • Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, 2009
  • Lawdragon 500 by Lawdragon Inc., Leading Lawyers in America, 2007-2011
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited (Aviation), 2007-2008
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas (Transport), 2015-2017
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers, 2014-2015, Aviation, 2014-2015
  • ICFM Leading Lawyers 500, InterContinental Finance magazine, 2013
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers by Law Business Research Limited, 2013-2015


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member Emeritus, Litigation Counsel of America
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar; President, 2008; Aerospace Law Committee; Diversity Committee; Professional Liability Committee; Product Liability Committee; Commercial Litigation Committee; Drug & Device Committee
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice; President, 2010-2011
  • National Foundation for Judicial Excellence; President, 2013-2014
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel; President, 1996-1997
  • Emeritus Member, Board of Trustees and Research Fellow, The Center for American and International Law
  • Past Co-Chair, Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts, 2010-2014
  • Emeritus Master, Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
  • Past Member, Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, 2000-2005
  • Past Member, State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee; Past Vice Chair, Chair, Discovery Subcommittee
  • State Bar of Texas; Aviation Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Dallas Bar Association; Litigation Section
  • Dallas Association of Defense Counsel; Chairman, 1985-1986
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Sustaining Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation; Chair, Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows, 1999

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1974, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
  • B.A., 1968, Vanderbilt University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.

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