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John Martin

John Martin’s law practice is devoted to providing representation and counsel in complex business disputes, including contractual, fiduciary, and attorney professional responsibility matters. John founded the Law Offices of John C. Martin (now MartinSirott LLC) in 2009 following thirteen years of practice with a large Chicago law firm where, as an associate and partner in the firm’s general litigation practice, he handled multi-million dollar commercial litigation, including opposing multistate class and shareholder litigation and the defense of claims against corporate and ERISA fiduciaries.

As principal of MartinSirott LLC, John represents clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations.

He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including claims arising out of distribution, lease, and lending relationships, as well as financial institutions in disputes arising out of participation and other inter-bank agreements and in claims brought by defaulting borrowers and by trust beneficiaries.

John has also represented individual officers and directors of community banks in connection with FDIC inquiries and demands for payment of civil damages following bank failures. For every client, in every matter, John takes pride in using his big firm experience and small-firm flexibility to find solutions that are both creative and cost-effective, working with (and listening to) his clients to identify the battles that need to be fought and fight them from the best positions possible.

John’s practice also extends to attorney professional responsibility matters. He represents and advises both attorneys and clients in connection with professional responsibility matters and in fee disputes. He is an active member of both the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee (which he co-chaired from 2010-2013) and the Chicago Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Professional Fees Committees. He also served as a member of the ABA Ethics 20/20’s Working Group on Alternative Litigation Finance. He has spoken and published extensively on issues relating to legal ethics and attorney professional responsibilities, including recent presentations on attorney obligations relating to fees, advertising, and financing.

John is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, receiving his law degree with honors in 1994. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Yale University in 1991. He is admitted to practice in Illinois as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Prior to entering private practice, John clerked for the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Webinars:

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Refresher

Series: NEWBIE LITIGATOR SCHOOL PART 1 - 2018

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Premiere Date: 03/15/2018 2:00pm

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Common Issues and Strategies in Business Breakups

Series: COMPLEX FINANCE LITIGATION 2018

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Premiere Date: 03/06/2018 11:00am

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Paying for Litigation- Hourly, Contingency, Third Party Financing & More

Series: NEWBIE LITIGATOR SCHOOL III

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Premiere Date: 12/06/2017 2:00pm

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Enforcement: Post-Judgment Proceedings & Collections

Series: NEWBIE LITIGATOR SCHOOL III

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Premiere Date: 11/08/2017 2:00pm

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Appellate Practice – 101

Series: NEWBIE LITIGATOR SCHOOL III

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Premiere Date: 10/11/2017 2:00pm

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Style

Series: PERSUASIVE BRIEF-WRITING 2016

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Premiere Date: 10/26/2016 11:00am

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Structure and Organization

Series: PERSUASIVE BRIEF-WRITING 2016

Unclear and unpersuasive legal writing often comes from undeveloped...

Premiere Date: 09/21/2016 11:00am

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