jcmartin@reedsmith.com

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Jim is a partner working out of the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles offices, who has specialized in appellate law for more than 35 years. He is certified as a specialist in the area of Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Jim is a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is a member and former president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is a founding member of the Third Circuit Bar Association and served as its second president. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Section on Appellate Courts and served as its chair. He served for three years on the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and is the former vice-chair of the Federal Bar Association's Appellate Law and Practice Committee.  Jim has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Practice (2006 to present) and the Pittsburgh Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice (2013, 2017), Pennsylvania Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice (2017 as one of Pennsylvania's and Southern California's Super Lawyers in Appellate Law, a Benchmark Appellate Star in Pennsylvania, an American Lawyer Media Southern California Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law, and for admission into the American Law Institute.  Additionally, Jim has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is recognized by American Registry as one of America's Most Honored Professionals.

Credentials

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, 1978, J.D., summa cum laude, Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review
  • Colorado College, 1974, B.A., History, Named Outstanding Senior majoring in History; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu

  • California
  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers – Fellow; Director (2007 to 2015); Secretary (2009-2011); Treasurer (2012); Vice President, President-Elect (2013); President (2014); Immediate Past President (2015)
  • American Law Institute – Member
  • American Bar Association – Tort & Insurance Section; Appellate Judges Conference; Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • American Council of Appellate Lawyers – Member
  • National Center for State Courts Lawyers Committee
  • California Academy of Appellate Lawyers – Member; President (2003-2004)
  • Third Circuit Bar Association – President (2009-2010); Board of Governors (2007-2012)
  • Federal Bar Association – Vice-Chair of the Appellate Law and Practice Committee
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) – Appellate Advocacy Committee; Lawyer's Professionalism and Ethics Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Trustee (2002-2004); Appellate Courts Section (1991-present); Chair (1999-2001); Judicial Evaluation and Nomination Committee (1996-2011); Litigation Section (1991-present); Amicus Committee (2004-present)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Foundation – Director (2001-2010); Secretary (2004-2005); Vice-President/Treasurer (2005-2006); Senior Vice-President (2006-2007); President-Elect (2007-2008); President (2008-2009); Member of Grants Committee (2003-present); Chair of Grants Committee (2004); Chair of Audit Committee (2005); Chair of Finance Committee (2006-2007); Chair of Nominating Committee (2007-2008)
  • State Bar of California – Litigation Section (1978-present); Appellate Courts Committee (1992-1994)