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.
Mr. Martin regularly advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including recruitment, onboarding, disciplinary matters, terminations, layoffs, employment policies, wage and hour compliance, labor relations, unemployment insurance, and noncompete agreements. He has represented clients as defendants in legal actions alleging race, age, sex, national origin and disability discrimination, breach of contract, unlawful interference and wrongful termination that were filed with administrative agencies as well as federal, D.C. and Maryland courts.
For some clients, particularly small- to medium-sized businesses, Mr. Martin acts as a general counsel and advises on corporate matters and day-to-day operations. In this capacity he regularly counsels executive management to consider the legal ramifications of key business decisions, ensures compliance and recommends best practices. Extensive experience and keen insight on D.C. government operations, the local regulatory climate, and business trends inform Mr. Martin’s counsel to clients. He provides reasoned, practical, intelligent solutions on a diverse array of legal matters.
His diverse clients have spanned numerous industries, including temporary staffing services, private security, healthcare, medical marijuana, entertainment, parking, hospitality, personal services, financial services, childcare, education, retailers, overnight delivery, construction, consulting, transportation, and nonprofits.
Mr. Martin regularly represents clients in D.C.’s various agencies, D.C. Superior Court and federal district court. He is versatile and can prepare for trial, or pivot to his negotiating skills to achieve favorable outcomes for his clients. He demonstrates a strategic command of the Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH”), other agencies, and trial court cases derived from representing hundreds of employers in employment law cases for over a decade. Mr. Martin uses his extensive knowledge of the inner workings of D.C. government agencies such as the Department of Employment Services (“DOES”) to help clients navigate unemployment insurance matters, wage-hour audits and other proceedings. Mr. Martin, having day-in-day-out experience representing employers in D.C., is particularly well positioned to advise businesses on D.C.’s new Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (“UPLAA”) and other evolving issues in employment law.
Mr. Martin also appears in the D.C. Court of Appeals representing businesses challenging OAH Final Orders under the Administrative Procedures Act. He has a record of success for appellate clients, the most noteworthy of which were Pyne v. Mb Staffing Servs., LLC, 39 A. 3d 1258 (D.C. 2012) (which upheld the principle that employees who voluntarily leave their employer are disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance) and IHOP #3221 v. DOES, DC SUI 160-481 (D.C. 2015) (contesting DOES’ calculation of an employer’s unemployment insurance tax rate). Mr. Martin has appeared in numerous cases at the D.C. Court of Appeals and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Mr. Martin serves on the Board of Think Local First DC, for which he hosts quarterly seminars for D.C. businesses on topics impacting D.C. employers. He lives in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with his wife and children.
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.
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- 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
- D.C. Brewers’ Guild Member
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Banneker City Little League Coach
- Avid bass angler
- Aspiring musician
- Amateur genealogist
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