Martin is a native Oregonian, having grown up in Gresham. Martin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, with an emphasis in News/Editorial writing. While at the UofO, Martin was the editorial page editor for the Oregon Daily Emerald, the independent student-run newspaper, and was the recipient of numerous writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and the School of Journalism.
Martin received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1996. While in law school, Martin was the Managing Editor of the Oregon Law Review and served for two years as the President of the University of Oregon Student Senate.
Following law school, Martin clerked for the Honorable David V. Brewer on the Lane County Circuit Court, where he assisted the judge with the civil motions docket. Following his clerkship, Martin went to work for the Bend law firm of Brothers & Ash. While there, Martin won what was at the time the largest jury verdict in Oregon history for a customer who slipped and fell in a grocery store. (Betty June Williams v. Waremart, Inc, Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 990505034).
Martin went on to open his own office in Bend before forming the law firm of Lage Fisher Emerson, LLP, where Martin specialized in domestic relations and construction law, representing both contractors and home-owners.
In 2004 Martin returned to the Willamette Valley and became a Staff Attorney for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Board. While there, Martin authored several Board decisions that were identified as “Significant and Noteworthy”, including:
- In re Daniel G. Sepulveda, 57 Van Natta 1087 (2005), aff’d, 209 Or App 227 (2006) (clarifying when conduct leading to injury may be considered within the scope of employment);
- In re William M. Wirth, 57 Van Natta 26 (2005) (clarifying legal distinction between “worsening” of a condition and a “worsened condition.”).
Martin then joined the Beaverton law firm of Case & Dusterhoff, where he continued representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, as well as representing businesses in civil litigation, including two successful appeals that were cases of first impression, meaning the issues raised by Martin on appeal had never before been considered by the Oregon Court of Appeals. Martin also handled workers’ compensation appeals for other attorneys. Notable case includes:
- In re Vicki L. Galvin, 58 Van Natta 886 (2006), aff’d, 215 Or App 112 (2007) (obtaining reversal of ALJ’s decision to deny compensation);
In May 2013, Martin was appointed Municipal Court Judge for the City of Cottage Grove, where he presides over traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases.
In October of 2013 Martin joined the law firm of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C. where he continues to represent and fight for the rights of injured Oregonians.
In his spare time, Martin plays on several local soccer teams, can be found at many Oregon Duck sporting events, is a card-carrying member of the Timbers Army and Oregon Club and a Charter Member of the Lane United Football Club. Martin also enjoys sampling the ever-growing quality local breweries in Eugene and the wine-country of the Umpqua valley with his wife, Tina, and has played bass guitar for local classic-rock cover bands, including Springfield Fourth-of-July favorite “Mystery Train.” Martin is also the proud father of a new University of Oregon freshman.