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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken Caesar Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1949
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken Caesar Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
It Is What It Is.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1949
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Lawyer Billy Martin was born on October 29, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania One of eight children, in his youth he aspired to earn an M.B.A. degree and become a marketing executive. After receiving his B.A. degree from Howard University in 1973, he accepted a scholarship to study law at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his J.D. in 1976. For the next fifteen years, Martin worked in various governmental positions. He served as assistant city prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati from 1976 to 1978; Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio from 1978 to 1980; Special Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force in San Francisco from 1980 to 1984; Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1984 to 1988; and Executive Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1988 to 1990.

In 1990, Martin began his private practice as a partner with Eckert Seamans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which represented all three major Pittsburgh sports franchises. It was at this time that Martin got his start defending famous athletes, and it was at this time that the late Johnny Cochrane became Martin’s mentor. In 1993, Martin defended NBA star Allen Iverson, before moving to the firm of William R. Martin & Associates in Washington, D.C. a year later. From 1997 to 2000, Martin worked as a partner in the litigation department of Manatt Phelps & Phillips, and in 1998, he defended Monica Lewinsky and her mother, Marcia Lewis, during President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings. He managed block a second grand jury appearance by Lewis and obtain an offer of blanket immunity for Lewinsky. In 2000, Martin moved to the firm of Dyer Ellis & Joseph, which merged with Blank Rome in 2003. While at the firm, Martin defended Chandra Levy’s parents in 2002, former NBA player Jayson Williams in 2004, and former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell in 2004. From 2007 to 2009, Martin led the white-collar criminal defense group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where in 2007 he defended football player Michael Vick on his dog fighting charges, and in 2008 he represented Senator Larry Craig in his effort to overturn his disorderly conduct conviction. In addition to his celebrity clients, however, Martin also worked to defend Fortune 500 companies. In May 2009, Martin joined Howrey LLP in their Washington, D.C. office, where he heads the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice.

Ranked fourth in The Washingtonian’s list of “Top Lawyers” and selected as one of the National Law Journal’s “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys,” Martin is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Howard University and University of Cincinnati College of Law. Martin currently lives in Washington, DC, with his children and wife, Michel Martin, an Emmy Award winning American journalist and correspondent for ABC News and National Public Radio.

Billy Martin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 25, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Billy Martin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Billy Martin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Billy Martin describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Billy Martin describes his maternal ancestors' life in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about his mother's education in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about his father's migration from Pelham, Georgia to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Billy Martin describes how his parents met in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Billy Martin describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Billy Martin lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Billy Martin describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Billy Martin talks about the neighborhood where he grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Billy Martin describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Billy Martin describes his experience in public schools in the Quaker Valley School District in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about race relations in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about his involvement in church while growing up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about his role model while growing up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Billy Martin describes facing racial discrimination from a football coach at Quaker Valley Junior High School in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Billy Martin describes how an incident of racial discrimination in junior high school affected his athletics in high school in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Billy Martin talks about his heroes in sports and his interest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's professional sports teams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Billy Martin talks about the Pittsburgh Baseball Negro Leagues
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Billy Martin talks about playing basketball in high school in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Billy Martin talks about being on the college prep track at Quaker Valley High School in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Billy Martin describes his social life in high school in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about his exposure to the Civil Rights Movement while growing up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about the night that Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, and the Black Power Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Billy Martin describes his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. for his undergraduate studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Billy Martin describes his admission to Howard University for his undergraduate studies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Billy Martin talks about working full time while studying at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Billy Martin talks about his mentors at Howard University, and the 1969 shootings of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Billy Martin talks about prominent African American lawyers who were at Howard University while he was a student there in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Billy Martin reflects upon his lack of childhood role models for a career as an African American role models
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Billy Martin talks about studying and writing about the African Liberation Movement while at Howard University in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Billy Martin describes the incident that gave him the encouragement that he needed to pursue a career in law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about past presidents of Howard University and the priority that was placed upon student safety and welfare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about his daughter's birth and his decision to attend the University of Cincinnati's College of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about his early experience with stereotyping at the University of Cincinnati's College of Law in Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Billy Martin describes his experience at the University of Cincinnati's College of Law in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Billy Martin talks about interning at City Hall, and his first job as a city prosecutor in Cincinnati
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Billy Martin talks about Congressman Elijah Cummings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Billy Martin talks about his interest in criminal law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Billy Martin talks about racial polarization in Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Billy Martin recalls the Watergate hearings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Billy Martin describes his experience as an assistant prosecutor for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1976 to 1978
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Billy Martin describes some of the cases that he worked on as an assistant prosecutor for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1976 to 1978
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about being appointed as assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio in 1978
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Billy Martin talks about HistoryMaker The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Billy Martin talks about being appointed as a trial lawyer to the Organized Crime Strike Force in San Francisco, California in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Billy Martin talks about his experience as a trial attorney to the Organized Crime Strike Force in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Billy Martin talks about his investigation of Al Capone's "Chicago Outfit" in the 1980s and the murder of Allen Dorfman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Billy Martin reflects upon the protocol for arrests for high-profile indictments in the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Billy Martin discusses the difference between the rules that the mafia followed in the 1980s and those followed by current-day gangs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Billy Martin describes his homicide unit's interviews with teenage shooters and their reasoning behind engaging in gang violence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about his involvement in cases against labor unions, and decline in labor unions' power during the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about moving from San Francisco, California, to Washington, D.C., to be closer to his ailing father
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about rising up through the ranks at the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Billy Martin discusses the beginning of the crack cocaine epidemic in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Billy Martin reflects upon drugs and gang activity in the community, and the role of community policing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Billy Martin talks about quarterback Doug Williams' and the Washington Redskins' Super Bowl win in 1988
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Billy Martin reflects upon the high volume of black on black homicide in Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Billy Martin reflects upon the drug epidemic and the volume of the drug-related prison population in the U.S.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Billy Martin talks about transitioning into private practice at Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, and building a name in sports practice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about his mentor, Johnnie Cochran
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about his mentor, Coach John Thompson, Jr. who introduced him to high profile sports agent, David Falk
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about representing professional basketball player, Juwan Howard
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Billy Martin talks about Allen Iverson's conviction as a high school student in Hampton, Virginia in 1993
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Billy Martin talks about forming his own law firm, William R. Martin & Associates in 1994
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Billy Martin explains how he came to represent Monica Lewisnky's mother, Marcia Lewis, during President Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Billy Martin talks about representing Monica Lewinsky's mother, Marcia Lewis, during President Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Billy Martin discusses serving on Monica Lewinsky's defense team during President Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Billy Martin talks about his views on President Bill Clinton's presidency, and being politically impartial while representing his clients
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Billy Martin recalls his involvement in investigating the disappearance of Chandra Levy and representing her parents, Susan and Robert Levy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about serving as the defense lawyer for the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department following the riots in the city in 2000, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about serving as the defense lawyer for the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department following the riots in the city in 2000, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about corrective measures taken by the Cincinnati Police Department following the riots in 2000
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Billy Martin talks about police brutality in urban settings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Billy Martin talks about former Atlanta, Georgia, mayor, Bill Campbell, and the charges of racketeering levied against him
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Billy Martin describes his involvement as defense attorney for former Atlanta mayor, Bill Campbell, on racketeering charges, in 2004
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Billy Martin talks about his defense of basketball player, Jayson Williams in 2004
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Billy Martin describes his involvement defending Fortune 500 companies involved in commercial and civil litigation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Billy Martin describes his involvement defending Fortune 500 companies involved in commercial and civil litigation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Billy Martin describes his involvement as defense attorney for NFL player, Michael Vick in 2007, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Billy Martin describes his involvement as defense attorney for NFL player, Michael Vick in 2007, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about his defense of Senator Larry Craig on lewd conduct charges in 2008
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Billy Martin reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Billy Martin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Billy Martin reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Billy Martin talks about his involvement with professional associations and the recognition that he has received as a lawyer
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Billy Martin talks about his family
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Billy Martin talks about being racially discriminated against at a club in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Billy Martin talks about his law practice and HistoryMaker The Honorable President Barack Obama's administration
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Billy Martin describes how he would like to be remembered