M. Clay Martin

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Huntsville, Alabama

Martin & Helms, P.C.
M. Clay Martin
Martin & Helms, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Workers' Compensation; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 1995

Education: The University of Alabama School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Martin & Helms, P.C.

2317 Market Pl SW
Huntsville, AL 35801 Visit website


Attorney M. Clay Martin is co-founder and partner of Martin & Helms, P.C., law firm, which has law offices in Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama. Nationally recognized as one of the preeminent lawyers in the country, Mr. Martin has more than 25 years of legal experience, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients across his region who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Having focused on personal injury law and civil litigation the majority of his legal career, Mr. Martin has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of accident victims and their families as well as business owners and others dealing with complex and pressing legal disputes. From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, including many successful workers' compensation filings and appeals. 

At all turns, Mr. Martin fights with the same zeal and tenacity he would want someone to advocate with on his behalf, and he has gained a reputation for his compassion and integrity as well as his unwavering commitment to helping his clients obtain the justice they deserve.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Martin is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell, and he was selected for inclusion on Expertise's Best Car Accident Lawyers list in Huntsville. He has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers and has earned the Best Law Firms award for his region from U.S. News & World Report.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Alabama, Mr. Martin obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1995. While there, he was a member of the prestigious Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and he received honors for his excellent academic achievements.

Mr. Martin is a fellow with the American Bar Foundation and the Alabama Law Foundation, and he received the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association Community Service Award in 2009. He is also a past president of that organization as well as the Madison County Inns of Court. In addition, he serves on the Board of Bar Commissioners for the Alabama State Bar, and he is a past board governor, past executive committee member and past state delegate of the American Association for Justice, where he is still a sustaining member.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 1995, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://martinhelms.com/meet-our-team/clay-martin/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, 2001 - 2001
  • Board of Directors, United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley
  • Board's President, United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley, 2007 - 2008
  • Founder and Chair, UCP of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley's Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge Run Fundraiser
  • First United Methodist Church in Huntsville
Representative Clients:
  • Ward v. Morgan, 769 So. 2d 884, 2000
  • Member, Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, University of Alabama School of Law, 1995
  • Best Law Firms by S. News & World Report
  • Huntsville – Madison County Bar Association Community Service Award, 2009
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class of 2007
  • Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation
  • Super Lawyers, 2012-2018
  • Vice-President, Student Bar Association, University of Alabama School of Law, 1995
  • AV Rated with Martindale-Hubbell, 2009 –­ Present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Educational Background:
  • University of Alabama, B.S. in Finance, 1992
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alabama State Delegate for American Association For Justice, 2018
  • Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • Member, Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama State Bar
  • Member, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Administrator, Madison County Inns of Court, 2001 - 2002
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama Association for Justice
  • Member, American Inns of Court, Madison County Chapter
  • President, American Inns of Court, Madison County Chapter, 2004 - 2005
  • Board of Governors and State Delegate, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Alabama Association of Justice, Executive Committee
  • Member, Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class, 2007 - 2007
  • President, Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, 2014
  • Board of Bar Commissioners - Alabama State Bar, 2018

Office location for M. Clay Martin

2317 Market Pl SW
Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: 256-829-4201


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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