Jeffrey R. Martin

General Counsel | Partner | Co-Chair, Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3308

“I take great pride in helping to assure that our attorneys adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct while delivering first-rate legal service to our clients.”

Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Southern District of California

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1980

B.A., Colgate University, 1976

As General Counsel, Jeff Martin's duties include managing claims against the firm and serving as ethics counsel while providing advice to attorneys within the firm on a variety of ethical and other issues pertaining to client engagements. Jeff also helps develop and implement risk management policies and procedures to assist attorneys in understanding and complying with their ethical duties under applicable rules of professional conduct.

His litigation practice focuses upon business disputes, including contract and tort claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, employee termination claims and litigation involving financial institutions. He also has experience representing lawyers and law firms in matters involving legal ethics and disputes with clients.

Jeff has tried cases in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and California. He represents clients in federal and state courts and has handled numerous arbitrations and mediations for clients. In addition to his litigation practice, Jeff has served as an approved commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 2004.

In 2017, Jeff was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Bar Overseers by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The Board is responsible for evaluating complaints of misconduct against attorneys throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson in 1991, Jeff was an Assistant United States Attorney in Massachusetts.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

  • Vice Chair

Memberships

American Arbitration Association

American Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Ethical Obligations to Clients When Lawyers Make Mistakes," Panelist, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court Seminar, May 2014

"Lawyer Errors: Ethical and Practical Obligations When You Make a Mistake," Speaker, Boston Bar Association Program, March 2014

"Where Can a Lawyer Safely Turn for Advice About a Client? The Attorney Client Privilege for Law Firm General Counsel," Speaker, Boston Bar Association Program, October 2012

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

features

"Finding the Optimal Path to Dispute Resolution," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2017

"$540,000 Overcharge Sheds Light on Law Firm Bills," The Boston Globe, December 2010

quotes

"'Mind-numbing' complaint gets the boot (again)," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, April 2017

"Do Justice Ginsberg's Trump Comments Make Case for Supreme Court Code of Ethics?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 2016

"N.Y. Disbars Stoughton Lawyer Who Used Phony Name," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, April 2016

"Here's Where Boston Lawyers Think Goodell and the NFL Screwed up Deflategate," Boston Business Journal, September 2015

"Peabody Attorney Ordered to Shorten 'Mind-Numbing' Complaint," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 2015

Resources
Jeffrey R. Martin
Practices
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1980

B.A., Colgate University, 1976

Admissions

Massachusetts

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Southern District of California

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