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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chocolate Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape May, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
God Will Give You The Peace That Passes All Understanding.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1953
Birth Location:
Fort Lee, Virginia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chocolate Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape May, New Jersey
Favorite Quote:
God Will Give You The Peace That Passes All Understanding.

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1953
Birth Location:
Fort Lee
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Biography

Lawyer George Keith Martin was born on September 24, 1953 in Fort Lee, Virginia to Dr. Henry S. Martin and Ruby Grant Martin. Martin was raised in Washington D.C. while his mother, a civil rights attorney, headed the Office of Civil Rights in the United States Department of Health, Education and Water. Martin earned his B.A. degree in speech communications from the University of Virginia in 1975, and his J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1978, where he was the managing editor of the Howard Law Journal.

Martin began his legal career in 1978 as a litigation associate at the law firm of Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox & Allen in Richmond, Virginia. In 1984, he became a partner at the law firm of Wilder, Gregory & Martin – a firm founded by L. Douglas Wilder, the first African American governor of Virginia. In 1990, Martin joined McGuireWoods L.L.P. as a partner and was later promoted to managing partner. Martin practiced construction, commercial real estate and local government law, representing multiple real estate clients including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, schools, and state legislature. In addition to working as a corporate attorney, Martin served as a school administrator, beginning in 1999. That same year, he was appointed to James Madison University’s board of visitors by Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, serving until 2003. In 2002, Martin was appointed to the board of visitors at Regent University School of Law. In 2011, he was appointed by Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to the University of Virginia’s board of visitors. The following year, Martin was elected the first African American rector of the University of Virginia's board of visitors.

Martin served on the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners in 1991, and as general counsel for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He also consulted on multiple construction and redevelopment projects across the country, and volunteered as a child minister at Faith Landmarks Ministries in Henrico County, Virginia beginning in 1985. Martin was the recipient of multiple awards for his work and community service, including the Raven Award from the University of Virginia and the Jasper Trailblazer Award from Richmond’s Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Martin and his wife, Anita Martin, have three children: Hayley, Kelly and Mallory.

George Keith Martin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 6, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George Keith Martin remembers his father's coaching career
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George Keith Martin talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George Keith Martin describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George Keith Martin talks about his stepmother's influence on his career
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - George Keith Martin describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - George Keith Martin describes his neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - George Keith Martin remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Keith Martin talks about the high schools in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Keith Martin remembers his interest in math and chemistry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Keith Martin describes his stepmother's civil rights work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Keith Martin remembers the aftermath of the assassinations in 1968
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Keith Martin describes his experiences at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Keith Martin recalls his decision to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Keith Martin talks about Clarence Cain's discrimination lawsuit, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Keith Martin talks about Clarence Cain's discrimination lawsuit, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Keith Martin remembers his friendship with Leroy R. Hassell, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - George Keith Martin describes his activities at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Keith Martin remembers his professors at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Keith Martin describes his volunteer work at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Keith Martin recalls his awards and honors at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Keith Martin talks about his internship with the Children's Defense Fund
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Keith Martin recalls his decision to attend the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Keith Martin remembers Charles T. Duncan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Keith Martin recalls his peers at the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George Keith Martin describes his experiences at the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - George Keith Martin remembers his summer associate positions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - George Keith Martin recalls working for the law firm of Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox and Allen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - George Keith Martin talks about the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - George Keith Martin describes his work at McGuireWoods LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - George Keith Martin talks about the tobacco industry in Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Keith Martin remembers the Theater Row project in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Keith Martin describes his work with the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Keith Martin talks about his involvement on university boards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Keith Martin recalls his Board of Visitors appointments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Keith Martin describes his involvement with the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Keith Martin recalls the attempted ouster of President Teresa A. Sullivan from the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Keith Martin remembers the Rolling Stone scandal at the University of Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Keith Martin talks about his awards and honors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Keith Martin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Keith Martin talks about the future of public education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Keith Martin reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Keith Martin reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Keith Martin talks about his marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Keith Martin shares his advice for African American law students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - George Keith Martin describes his legal philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - George Keith Martin talks about L. Douglas Wilder's election campaigns
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - George Keith Martin describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - George Keith Martin narrates his photographs