John T. Martin, Attorney

criminal defense attorney John MartinMartin Law Firm has specialized in criminal defense and civil litigation since 1964. Originally founded by Frank K. Martin, who was also the Mayor of Columbus 1991-1994, John T. Martin joined the firm in 1995.

Legal Experience

Martin Law Firm – John T. Martin, AAL, PC (formerly The Martin Firm, LLP), Columbus, Georgia, June 1995 to present
Partner in law firm with major areas of practice in criminal and personal injury law.

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted State Bar of Georgia (June 20, 1995)
  • Admitted Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia and Supreme Court of the State of Georgia (1996)
  • Northern, Middle and Southern United States District Courts of Georgia (1996)
  • Admitted 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (2000)
  • Admitted Alabama State Bar and The Supreme Court of Alabama (2006)
  • Northern, Middle and Southern United States District Courts of Alabama (2006)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Mental Health / VA Treatment Advisory Board (2020 – present)
  • Georgia Public Defender Council Supervisory Panel, (2013 – present)
  • The Columbus American Inn of Courts (2011 – present)
  • Merit Selection Panel, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Middle District, Columbus Division (2007)

Civic and Community Activities

  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
    – Finance Committee (2002–2007 and 2018–2021)
    – Stewardship Chairman (2007-2008)
    – Administrative Board (2001–2004)
  • Lower Chattahoochee Workforce Development Board (2015 – present)
  • Urban League of Greater Columbus, Inc., Board Member (2006-2011)
  • United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Campaign Committee (2001-2003, 2006)

Legal Education

Juris Doctorate Degree (May 1995)
Honors: Judge Robert G. Gillespie Award Recipient for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy
Dean’s List (Fall 1992)

College Education

Henry W. Grady College of Mass Communication
A.B.J., Broadcast News (March 1991)
GPA in Major Field: 3.4/4.0

Youth Coaching

  • YMCA of Metro Columbus, Georgia
    – Head Basketball Coach, 2019
  • Peach Little League
    – Head Baseball Coach, 2016 & 2017

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Recent Decisions in the United States Supreme Court and the Georgia Appellate Courts