Craig C. Martin is the Chair of Jenner & Block's Litigation Department and is a member of the firm's Policy Committee. Clients seek him out for his strategic and innovative approach in a wide variety of lawsuits and arbitration proceedings involving complex business and legal issues.
Mr. Martin has been recognized as being an elite commercial litigator and boardroom adviser as well as for his extensive philanthropic, community service, and pro bono contributions. From high-profile trials to sensitive investigations, Mr. Martin is a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 corporations and to some of the nation’s most influential families.
Mr. Martin has been recognized by Chicago Magazine’s “Power 100,” as one of the city’s most powerful people. He has 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. 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. 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 is a member of the Board of the Crown Family Philanthropies. Mr. Martin 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. Mr. Martin serves on the Illinois Supreme Court to the Committee on Character and Fitness.
Mr. Martin represents well-known companies as well as 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 provides counsel to 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.
While at Harvard Law School, where Mr. Martin earned his J.D., he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Prior to attending Harvard Law School, he received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied economics, government and international relations.