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Tom Martin

Thomas B. Martin

Thomas B. Martin

Partner

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.

Tom Martin is an experienced employment law attorney with over a decade of experience in trial and appellate litigation in D.C. and Maryland courts. He is a versatile and knowledgeable attorney who has saved his clients millions of dollars in taxes and in potential liability, while he has shaped D.C. law through D.C. Court of Appeals decisions in his favor.

Mr. Martin is an experienced litigator at the administrative and trial level. He has been lead counsel in well over 1,000 cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings and D.C. Superior Court. He is respected by the judges, clerks and opposing counsel, and has enjoyed success at the federal level, as well. Mr. Martin has successfully defended employers, including a large regional private security company in a Title VII claim, while he has also found success with FLSA actions saving his clients in potential liability, protracted litigation, and substantial sums in district federal court.

Mr. Martin has also represented clients in appellate matters including defense of a national restaurant chain in an alleged SUTA Dumping action brought by the D.C. Department of Employment Services (“DOES”). Mr. Martin appealed to the D.C. Court of Appeals where he found success for his client regarding the SUTA claim.

Mr. Martin has assisted in shaping D.C.’s unemployment insurance law whereby one of his wins at the D.C. Court of Appeals is frequently relied upon by administrative law judges and the court of appeals to this day.

Mr. Martin is equipped with extensive experience, problem-solving skills, and a library of success to apply to every project for optimal results in an array of different forums.

Tom lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children. When he’s not busy advocating for his clients, he enjoys bass fishing and golf.

Prior Employment

Tom has worked in NationsBank’s Global Treasury & Trade Group and The Coca-Cola Company’s diplomatic relations group. Following law school, Tom worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers on the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund as part of the payments team that distributed billions of dollars to victims of the 9-11 attacks and their families. From there, Tom joined the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where he worked extensively on toxic tort cases. He then joined the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, where he advocated for local businesses during the debate over the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008. When an opportunity arose to direct the Chamber’s Employer Advocacy Program (EAP), which represents employers at unemployment insurance hearings, Tom jumped at the chance, and ultimately EAP became his solo practice’s first client. Tom built his law practice around representing employers in unemployment insurance cases and has expanded the practice to many different areas of employment law.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
  • A.B., Duke University

Awards and Recognition

  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, Administrative Law (2015 and 2016)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Think Local First DC Board Member
  • District of Columbia Affairs Group of the D.C. Bar
  • D.C. Brewers’ Guild Member
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Presentations

  • HR Basics
  • Understanding Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations
  • Understanding D.C.’s New Universal Paid Leave (UPL)
  • Evolving Marijuana Laws & the Impact on D.C. Employers
  • Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • A Review of D.C. FMLA
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Employment Background Checks
  • Fair Pay: The Basics of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce
  • Discrimination Cases Under Title VII and the D.C. Human Rights Act
  • Understanding the D.C. Unemployment Insurance System
  • How to Draft Accurate and Impactfully HR Documents
  • Terminations: 101
  • The Scariest Six Letters: H-I-R-I-N-G
  • Managing Up – Managing Down: Workers Under 30

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