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William R. ("Billy") Martin

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Consistently named one of the top trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States, Billy Martin represents large corporations and has tried more than 150 cases, many involving large corporations and leading figures in politics, sports and entertainment that have been covered by the national media. Among his honors, Martin was previously named one of the nation’s “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys” by The National Law Journal.

Billy represents large corporations in complex civil and white collar criminal matters before state and federal courts, in administrative hearings and in arbitrations. While Billy has made a name nationally through his representation in numerous high profile cases, he has a diverse practice that also focuses on complex civil and white collar litigation before state and federal courts and in administrative hearings. Billy also has substantial experience with internal investigations and has served extensively as an Integrity and Ethics Monitor on behalf of government agencies and courts in a variety of industries. In addition, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association and has experience both representing parties in arbitration and serving as an arbitrator in private disputes.  Billy also served as outside counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics in connection with its investigation of a Member of Congress.

Before entering private practice, Billy served as a state and federal prosecutor from 1976 until 1980. In 1980 he was appointed to serve as a Special Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force in San Francisco, a position he held for four years. He then moved from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for four years before being promoted to the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, a position he held until he left the office to begin private practice.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Arbitration Association

  • American Bar Association

  • American Bar Foundation

  • National Bar Association

  • Washington Bar Association: President; Past President


  • American Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2007-2017)

  • Black Enterprise Magazine: Featured as a "Top Lawyer"

  • D.C. Bar Association: Recognized as a "Legend of the Bar"

  • Distinguished Alumni Award from Howard University

  • Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Law

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for Advocacy and Justice - presented by the MLK International Salute Committee

  • Ebony Magazine: Recognized by as a "Top Lawyer"

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree from The University of Cincinnati

  • Inducted into the Martin Luther King International Board of Renaissance Leaders by Morehouse College

  • National Law Journal: "50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys"

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar (2007-2011, 2013-2016)

  • Washingtonian Magazine: Listed Among "Top Lawyers"



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