Howrey has pulled quite the coup with its most recent addition. Billy Martin, the well known trial attorney, joined the firm this week as a partner. Martin was previously a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
Martin says he decided to join Howrey to take advantage of the firm's international platform. He says being able to work with offices overseas will strengthen his practice, which Martin called a blend of white collar, complex commercial litigation, and professional liability work.
"My practice probably won't change too much beyond having access to a broader platform that will offer me some expanded opportunities," Martin tells the BLT. "Though I am excited about joining a firm that has mastered the art of litigation.”
Martin says he decided to leave Sutherland for Howrey after talking to longtime friends James Hibey, a partner at the firm, and Robert Ruyak, the firm's managing partner. It had been mentioned before, but Martin says the deal first started to crystallize during a Georgetown basketball game this past season, which he watched with Ruyak. "This was before Georgetown had its drought and started losing," Martin says.
In addition to his corporate work, Martin brings with him a high profile book of clients.
Martin has represented NBA stars Allen Iverson and Jayson Williams, and Sen. Larry Craig after he was arrested for lewd conduct at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
More recently, Martin represented Michael Vick when he was brought up on charges of running an illegal dogfighting ring. Vick is currently serving a 23-month prison sentence. Martin says Vick is still a client, and that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback has had some noteworthy visitors lately. Martin says last week he escorted former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy to Leavenworth Prison.
A spokeswoman for Sutherland did not immediately return calls for comment.