James R. Martin Attorney At Law

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Education:

Originally from West Virginia, Mr. Martin is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and South Carolina. He graduated from Cornell University (B.A., History, 1994) (and also took classes at Marshall University). He subsequently attended Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. 1997, cum laude). In law school, he was a published member of the Wake Forest Law Review and was awarded the Order of the Coif.

Role at MHC:

Mr. Martin represents businesses in litigation disputes throughout North and South Carolina with a primary focus on workers' compensation defense, construction disputes, and mediation. Mr. Martin has significant experience in jurisdictional disputes and is frequently called upon to handle claims potentially arising under both North Carolina and South Carolina workers' compensation laws. He also has handled many insurance coverage disputes in both states as well as more traditional workers' compensation and construction litigation. He is a certified mediator and has mediated cases since 2006.

Professional Bio:

Mr. Martin is a member of the Gaston County, North Carolina, South Carolina, and American Bar Associations. He has served as President of the Gaston County Bar Association and the 27A-Judicial District, and also served as Treasurer and Vice President of those same organizations.

Mr. Martin has served as the chairman for the Local Advisory Council for Legal Aid in Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln Counties, the Volunteer Lawyers' Committee for Legal Aid, and is on several other regional boards and committees. Mr. Martin has been awarded the Gaston County Volunteer Lawyers' Program Service Award multiple times.

Notable Cases:

Norfolk Southern Ry. v. David Wilson Paint & Body Shop, Inc., 605 S.E.2d 741 (N.C. Ct. App. 2004).

Davis v. Great Coastal Express, 169 N.C. App. 607, 610 S.E.2d 276 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005), petition for discretionary review denied, 359 N.C. 630; 616 S.E.2d 231 (2005).

Moose v. Watkins, 721 S.E.2d 409 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012).

Wade v. Carolina Brush Mfg. Co., 187 N.C. App. 245, 652 S.E.2d 713 (N.C. Ct. App. 2007).

Owen v. Hogsed, 791 S.E.2d 650 (N.C. Ct. App 2016).

Personal Bio:

Mr. Martin and his family have lived in Gaston County since 1999. In his spare time, having unfortunately aged out of most contact sports, he now enjoys trail running, reading, tennis, and hiking in any national or state park he can find. He also is patiently awaiting the next World Series Championship from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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