John F. Martin

Profile

John Martin focuses his practice on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation. He serves as national OSHA counsel for three publicly-traded companies, and has over 15 years of experience in defending employers in federal court and before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). John has defended clients in 18 states and counsels clients on developing safety programs to eliminate and reduce workplace injuries.

John also consults employers and industry groups on federal and state safety regulations and ongoing rulemaking and legislation. He has represented clients in federal and state courts all across the country, up to the Supreme Court of the United States.

John represents employers in a wide range of industries, including health care, oil and gas exploration, drilling, well servicing, manufacturing, software, alcohol distribution, and professional sports.

AV Rated Martindale Hubbell

Experience

Experience: 
  • Represented well services company in OSHRC proceedings, obtaining dismissal of all claims on serious OSHA citations issued as a result of Otto Cummings gas well blowout near Bryceland, Louisiana (reported at 2003 OSAHRC LEXIS 80; 20 OSHC (BNA) 1286; 2002 OSHD (CCH) P32,675)).
  • Represented well services company in Michigan OSHA (MIOSHA) proceedings, obtaining dismissal of all three serious citations issued by MIOSHA.
  • Represented well services company in Michigan OSHA (MIOSHA) proceedings, obtaining dismissal of nine out of ten serious citations issued by MIOSHA.
  • Represented well services company in California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board proceedings, obtaining dismissal of all four heat-illness citations issued by Cal/OSHA.
  • Represented well services company in California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board proceedings, obtaining dismissal of two out of four citations, reduction in severity of third citation, and 90% reduction in proposed penalties.
  • Represented nutritional supplements manufacturer in distributor dispute, resulting in dismissal of all claims and award of over $600,000 in fees (reported at 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18256 (N.D. Texas 2007), aff’d, 273 Fed. Appx. 316 (5th Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 555 U.S. 1085 (2008)).
  • Represented NFL team and head coach in copyright infringement lawsuit over cable television show, resulting in dismissal of claims against clients (reported at Davis v. Billick, 2002 WL 1398560 (N.D. Tex. 2002).

Education and Honors

Education: 

J.D., cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1997
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington, 1994

Honors and Awards: 
  • AV Rated by Marindale-Hubbell
  • Articles Editor, Texas Tech Law Review
  • Selected as a 'Rising Star' by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magainzes (2005-2008)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas

Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • American Bar Association (Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee)
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation (2000-present)
  • Association of Energy Service Companies (advisor)
Speeches:
  • 2014 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety Conference - "OSHA's Rulemaking: What's Changing Now and What May Be Changing in the Future" - Houston - December 3, 2014
  • ORCHSE Strategies Legal Issues Network - "Understanding Workplace Violence" - Washington, D.C. - November 11, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "OSHA Update: What Will the Last Two Years of the Obama Administration Bring for Employers?" - Omaha - September 30, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "OSHA Update: What Will the Last Two Years of the Obama Administration Bring for Employers?" - Des Moines - September 29, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Safety Symposium - "Rulemaking: OSHA Has Been Busy" - Las Vegas - May 7, 2014
  • ABA Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting - "The Workplace Hazards of Exposure to Silica" - Tucson - March 14, 2014
  • Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC) Midwinter Meeting - "No Huddle OSHA: What to Expect from the Agency Between Now and 2016" - Corpus Christi - February 21, 2014
  • Edison Electric Institute Occupational Safety and Health Committee - "Impact of Changes at OSHA" - Grand Rapids - October 8, 2013
  • National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers Webinar - "OSHA Regulatory Compliance Issues" - August 14, 2013

In The News

Media Quotes:
  • November 26, 2014 - Bloomberg BNA - "Up For Reinterpretation: Supremes Take On Informal Rulemaking"
  • November 2014 - Practical Law Company - "GC Agenda"
  • October 21, 2014 - Human Resource Executive - "Lightening a Burden - Of Proof"
  • September 22, 2014 - SHRM.org - "OSHA Seeks to Lower Whistle-Blowers' Burden of Proof"
  • September 15, 2014 - Corporate Counsel - "In Case of Workplace Accident, Increase OSHA Reporting"
  • June 2, 2014 - SHRM.org - "I2P2 Removed from Active OSHA Agenda"
  • April 28, 2014 - Law360 - "SeaWorld Ruling May Embolden OSHA To Tackle New Sectors"
  • November 11, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Proposal to Submit Injury Reports Meets Opposition"
  • August 13, 2013 - Society for Human Resource Management - "Employer Not Automatically Liable for Supervisor's Safety Violations"
  • June 11, 2013 - Law360 - "Class Action Attorneys React to High Court's Arbitration Ruling"
  • May/June 2012 - Well Servicing Magazine - "Urgent: Lawyers Needed; Shale Plays Have Created an Unprecedented Demand for Legal Representation"
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