Thomas B. Martin
Thomas B. Martin has extensive experience in administrative law, particularly unemployment insurance matters in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Mr. Martin is focused on the needs of local and national businesses that operate in Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland.
Thomas B. Martin is a partner at GMP and leads the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation Practices.
Thomas B. Martin has successfully represented clients in D.C., Maryland, and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, such as the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), the D.C. Office of Human Rights (OHR), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He litigates wage-hour, unemployment insurance, and discrimination cases.
Among his notable litigation successes, Tom obtained a decision for the employer in an influential D.C. unemployment insurance (UI) case, Pyne v. Mb Staffing, 39 A.3d 1258 (2012) at the DC Court of Appeals. He has successfully defended an employer accused of SUTA dumping and successfully defended an employer accused of violating Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the D.C. Minimum Wage Act. As the world pivoted in 2020, Tom assisted clients to adjust their workforces and navigate the employment and leave portions of the CARES Act.
Tom conducts seminars for businesses and non-profits on business and employment law issues in D.C. He also advises and counsels businesses on a wide range of workplace issues, including disciplinary actions, employee handbooks, UI, wage-hour issues, and diversity & inclusion. Prior to law school, Tom worked for NationsBank and The Coca-Cola Company. Tom combines his empathy for individuals, particularly small business owners, and legal experience into his practice. In addition, he serves as the Board President of Think Local First DC, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the –for D.C.’s small businesses for the benefit of all its residents.
Tom lives in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with his wife, sons, and the best dog ever.
- General Counsel Services
- Employer Side Unemployment Insurance
- Discrimination and Harassment
- Workplace Investigations
- Management Side Labor Law
- Appellate Practice, DC Court of Appeals
- Background Checks
- “Ban-the-Box,” Fair Criminal Record Screening Act (DC)
- Employment Practices Audits
- SUTA Dumping
- Medical Leave and Accommodations, DC FMLA, FMLA, ADA
- Employee Handbooks
- Employment Agreements and Independent Contractor Agreements
- Training & Compliance
- Independent Contractors
- District of Columbia
- S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
- A.B., Duke University
Awards & Recognition
- 2021 & 2020 Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor
- 2016 & 2015 Rising Star, Super Lawyers, Administrative Law
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