Craig C. Martin is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office and Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Martin is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.
Mr. Martin practices in complex civil and commercial litigation involving a wide variety of substantive areas of the law, including attorney discipline and malpractice, civil and criminal antitrust, civil racketeering, civil rights, commercial law, contracts, employment, environmental, ERISA, estates and trusts, financial institution fraud, government contracts, intellectual property, insurance coverage, product liability, shareholder class action and derivative actions, tort and mass tort.
Mr. Martin represents Fortune 500 companies and wealthy families in complex commercial litigation across the United States in both state and federal courts. He has been lead trial counsel in matters involving civil rights, employment, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, whistle-blower, tort and breach of contract. In addition to an active trial practice, Mr. Martin has represented clients in proceedings involving temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in matters involving employment, real estate and intellectual property. He has represented clients in mediations and arbitrations principally in the areas of corporate joint ventures and other cooperative arrangements as well as disputes arising subsequent to corporate deals. Mr. Martin represents and has represented indigent clients pro bono in civil matters involving securities fraud, civil rights, political asylum, and in criminal matters including murder cases in which the state has sought the death penalty. He has represented clients in appellate matters in most of the US federal circuit courts of appeals.
In addition to his trial and appellate practice, Mr. Martin counsels corporate clients on a variety of sensitive and complicated matters, including internal investigations, unfair competition, antitrust, trade secrets, employee benefits, reductions-in-force, insurance coverage, employment discrimination and harassment, shareholder rights, securities, technology exchanges, joint ventures and distributor relationships. Mr. Martin counsels wealthy individuals and families on executive compensation, employee benefits, executive contracts and estate planning. He also counsels his clients on techniques to avoid litigation and manage complex litigation in an economically efficient manner.
Mr. Martin is a member of the American Bar Association and its Section of Litigation, where he has served in various leadership positions, and co-chaired the 2012 annual meeting in Chicago. Mr. Martin was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Committee on Character and Fitness. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He serves the Firm as a member of its Policy Committee.
Mr. Martin is consistently recognized by Chambers USA (Litigation: General Commercial), Illinois Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), and by members of the Leading Lawyers Network (Commercial Litigation). In 2015, Mr. Martin was included in Chicago Magazine’s “Power 100,” a list of the city’s most powerful people. In 2011, he received the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, for his extraordinary professional accomplishments and dedication to philanthropic and civic endeavors. Mr. Martin has been recognized as one of the nation’s 40 most promising young lawyers by the National Law Journal; was named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company; and, in 2002, was selected by Crain’s Chicago Business magazine as one of its “40 Under Forty,” an honor reserved for leading Chicago “up-and-comers” in the fields of business, government and the arts.
Mr. Martin is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics, and he has served as Co-Chair of The American Lawyer, National Law Journal and Corporate Counsel Magazine’s annual Litigation Summit conferences. He writes and publishes extensively on numerous substantive areas of law, including antitrust, attorney-client privilege, fiduciary duties under federal securities, retirement law, employee relations, class actions, and managing complex litigation.
Mr. Martin attended Harvard Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1988. While there, he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Prior to attending Harvard Law School, he received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1985 from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied economics, government and international relations. At Notre Dame, Mr. Martin was active in a number of programs related to what is now known as the Center for Social Concerns, including Urban Plunge and the Summer Service Program.
As his practice is national in scope, Mr. Martin is a member of the state bars of Colorado and Illinois. He is a member of the bar and trial bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the bars of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, the District of Colorado, the Southern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Michigan and the Western District of Michigan. Mr. Martin is also a member of the bars of the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits. Mr. Martin is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Martin has served as a member of the Board of the Crown Family Philanthropies since 2015. For nearly two decades, he was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, including serving as secretary, vice-chairman and, most recently, as chairman from 2011-2014. In 2015, the Board established the Craig Martin Award, an educational scholarship opportunity, in his honor. In the same year, for the Latin School of Chicago, he and his wife established the Laura & Craig Martin Innovative Academic Programs Endowment Fund. Mr. Martin also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago; as a board member of the Millennium Park Foundation; and as a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club and the Economic Club of Chicago.