22 August – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – James G. Martin, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, has joined the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP as an equity partner in its Criminal Defense and Compliance Practice Group.
As a federal prosecutor, Martin was successful in the prosecution of white collar crime, public corruption, and drug and gun cases. His major corporate fraud cases included: Chrysler Motor’s odometer fraud case; Emerson Electric’s government fraud case; the CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Missouri; four top executives at Charter Communications; Edward Jones and the recovery of $75,000,000; and Gambro Healthcare and the recovery of $350,000,000. His major public corruption cases included: the fraud case of Virvus Jones, Comptroller for the City of St. Louis; the bribery case of Robert Young, IV, St. Louis County Councilman; the voter fraud case of Sorkis Webbe, Jr.; numerous police officers in various corruption cases; and a collection of lawyers and judges in the Missouri Second Injury Fund case.
In 1999 and 2000, Martin spent a year and a half working with former Senator John Danforth in the Office of Special Counsel serving as Director of Investigative Operations where he supervised 12 attorneys and 38 federal agents investigating the allegations pertaining to the 1993 confrontation between law enforcement and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
Martin also has an extraordinary academic record. He earned his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1983, and was the recipient of several awards including graduating first in his law school class. He received his B.B.A. degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, with highest honors, where he received the Henry Crowd Award finishing as the top finance student. In civic affairs, Martin is currently active in both Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and in the St. Louis Variety Club.
With the recent addition of Jeffery T. Demerath, specializing in white collar criminal defense and compliance, and now Martin, Armstrong Teasdale’s Criminal Defense and Compliance Practice Group has grown to 8 members. Recognizing the demands for businesses in the rapidly evolving compliance arena, the Criminal Defense and Compliance Practice Group is committed to monitoring the latest developments in regulatory change and governmental initiatives.
“Having vigorously prosecuted business crimes for over 21 years, including as the United States Attorney, Jim brings a new perspective on white collar crime, and corporate compliance and governance,” says Richard B. Scherrer, Managing Partner of Armstrong Teasdale. “Not only does he possess the skills of an experienced trial attorney, but through his many years of government service he has developed strong working relationships with federal prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country and the Department of Justice. He will be a tremendous asset for our clients.”
Martin will be dividing his time between Armstrong Teasdale and a new venture he is heading up– The PREVENE Group, a law specialty group. Recognizing that prosecutors and federal agents look at issues differently than the business community, The PREVENE Group employs former federal prosecutors and agents to enhance companies’ corporate governance and compliance programs. With years of investigative experience, The PREVENE Group will bring the knowledge, insight and ability to look at corporate conduct and issues from a prosecutor’s perspective and enable companies to anticipate and prevent potential criminal conduct before it creates a corporate disaster. To find additional information about The PREVENE Group, please visit www.theprevenegroup.com.