Washington's Dorsey & Whitney announced today that it has snagged Billy Martin, a former partner at now-shuttered Howrey.
Martin (pictured left), a well-known trial attorney whose former clients include sports stars, celebrities and political figures, will join Dorsey & Whitney's trial group as a partner.
“We are delighted that Billy has joined Dorsey,” Marianne Short, Dorsey’s managing partner, said in a press release. “He is an outstanding trial lawyer who has been a trusted advisor to clients in matters of great complexity and sensitivity. He is a great addition to the Firm’s national trial practice, particularly in the area of white collar defense.”
Martin has been connected to a number of high-profile cases in recent years. He served as counsel for the parents of murdered intern Chandra Levy as well as for Monica Lewinsky and her family, and has represented a number of big names, from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and actor Wesley Snipes to former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell.
Most recently, he was retained by Jack B. Johnson Jr., the embattled former Prince George’s County executive, who is facing federal corruption charges in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Martin is also a former federal prosecutor and official with the U.S. Department of Justice. He joined Howrey, which dissolved effective March 15, in 2009.
"Dorsey's breadth of practice, its global footprint, its prominent team of white collar defense practitioners, and its deep bench of trial lawyers throughout the country were among the factors that attracted me to the firm," Martin said in the firm's press release. He could not immediately be reached for comment by phone this afternoon.