James P. Martin
Areas of Focus
Corporate Directors & Officers Liability Litigation
Fiduciary and Shareholder Disputes
Financial and Securities Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
, University of Iowa
, with distinction;
Iowa Law Review,
Note and Comment Editor
summa cum laude
, Buena Vista College
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2006
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2002
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2004
Jim Martin represents clients in all aspects of their business matters. He works hand-in-hand with business owners, banking and financial institutions, and members and shareholders, among other clients, to learn their business needs, and helps address legal issues that arise throughout the lifetime of their business. Ultimately, Jim’s goal is to help clients develop legal strategies that are a best fit for their unique business needs, including litigation when necessary.
Jim concentrates his practice in the area of commercial and business litigation, with an emphasis on business divorces and financial and fiduciary matters, including:
Business divorces and related shareholder /member disputes and derivative claims
Contract disputes and business torts
Uniform Commercial Code litigation
Advising in-house counsel and corporate management
Trial and appellate work
Jim’s background is unusual for his proficiency in speaking German, as well as his diverse educational pursuits which have included studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.
Selected for inclusion in
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
Selected for inclusion in
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers,
Former Attorney, Board of Zoning Adjustment, City of Kirkwood, Missouri
Stemmler-Hecker Founder Award, presented by the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis (GAHS), 2013
Listed on the “Non-exhaustive list of German-speaking lawyers in the Midwest” by the German Consulate General Chicago.
The Missouri Bar
Illinois State Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis
German School Association of Greater St. Louis, Missouri
Buena Vista University, President’s Advisory Council, 2016 – present
International Affairs Advisory Committee Member—University of Missouri-St. Louis
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Marketing Committee Member
St. Louis Blues Australian Rules Football Club
United States Australian Football League
Life Member, recognizing excellent service to Australian Rules Football in the United States.
Vice President – Central Region, 2001-2011
Washington University Wrestling Club
Volunteer Coach, 2013-15
St. Francis Xavier (College) Church
Extensive experience representing banking and financial institutions in regulatory actions and civil litigation.
Managing litigation team in billion-dollar receivership and regulatory matter, including insurance regulatory matters, receivership issues, and related litigation and real estate work.
Obtained several multi-million dollar judgments for government contractor in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Significant experience working with multi-national companies to help them navigate the American legal system, including contract negotiation and dispute resolution.
Assisting corporate entities and individual shareholders in business disputes and breakups.
Representing franchisees and franchisors in business negotiations and litigation.
Representing numerous real estate developers and holding companies in construction litigation and contract negotiation.
Missouri Appellate Court Explores Legal Remedies after Failed Business Purchase, Joins the Trend of State Court Exploring the Contours of Declaratory Judgments, Law and Equity
Publications & Presentations
Establishing Protocols of Handling Subpoenas
Midwest Independent Bank
Community Banking Newsletter
Missouri Appellate Court Clarifies MUFTA After Complicated Lawsuit
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