David P. Martin

David P. Martin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Tuscaloosa, AL

The Martin Law Group, LLC
 | 2117 Jack Warner Parkway, Suite 1
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: 800-284-9309
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008, 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits
Attorney Profile

David has over 25 years of experience serving individuals with employee benefit cases. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients across the South, including claims for long-term disability, short- term disability, pension, 401K, severance, retirement benefits, life insurance, health insurance, and COBRA. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell in the area of Employee Benefits. He is also listed in Super Lawyers as a top-rated attorney for Employee Benefits. Because of his extensive experience and tremendous success in handling ERISA cases, he has become a sought-after speaker on the topic. He regularly presents lectures on ERISA to lawyers, has hosted an ERISA seminar for experienced ERISA litigators, made appearances on television to discuss ERISA and employee benefits issues and published numerous articles on ERISA and employee benefits.

White Papers

  • Subrogation Claims: Views from the Plaintiff and Defense Bars (2011) - David Martin, jointly with Kristin Cross, presented a cutting-edge and most informative presentation regarding subrogation claims from both the plaintiff and defense perspective in the area of ERISA employee benefits. The presentation took place on March 17, 2011 and was organized by the Employee Benefits Law Section with the State Bar of Georgia.

  • About David Martin

    Admitted: 1992, Alabama

    Professional Webpage: http://www.erisacase.com/david-p-martin-esq/

    Honors and Awards:

    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of employee benefits, Best Lawyer in America in Employee Benefits, The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
    • AV Rating in the area of employee benefits, as maintained by Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating Martindale Hubbell, Martindale Hubbell, 2016
    • Continuing member of the Order of the Coif, at the Universtiy of Alabama, School of Law (1992-2016). The top 10% of graduates are entitled to membership. , Order of the Coif, The University of Alabama School of Law, 1992

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • From 1996 through 1997, David was a member of the Alabama State Bar Task Force on alternative methods of dispute resolution. David chaired this task force which oversaw editing of the manual produced relating to alternative methods of dispute resolution. David also served on the board for the Alabama Lawyer from 2005 through 2009. Additionally, David served on the Alabama State Bar’s Addendum Committee from 2001 through 2006. In October 2010, David organized and hosted a seminar for experienced ERISA litigators, inviting both plaintiffs and defense bar. The seminar was well attended, which included lawyers from out of state as well. The Honorable William J. Acker, federal district court judge for the Northern District of Alabama, also attended and presented at the conference along with other capable speakers, some from as far as Chicago, IL. David also made several presentations at the conference.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • President of Board, FOCUS on Senior Citizens Volunteer Lawyer's Program for the Alabama State Bar  Disaster Relief Projects for the Alabama Association of Justice Member of a Church in the Tuscaloosa County Area 
    • David P. Martin is a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program operated by the Alabama State Bar and has assisted various clients with legal matters on a pro bono basis, including recent victims of the tornadoes which ravaged Tuscaloosa Alabama. David is also active in other community organizations, such as Focus on Senior Citizens, and currently is president of the Board of Directors.

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Birmingham Bar, 2012, Presenter, Representing Plaintiffs in Health Care Claims, 2012
    • ERISA Litigation Practical Advice for a New Practice, Georgia State Bar Employee Benefits Law Section for the Seminar, Lecturer, 2011
    • Damages in Alabama Civil Trial Practice, National Business Institute, March 18, 2003, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Handling the Automobile Injury Claim in Alabama, National Business Institute, January 2004, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • ERISA Litigation, Worker's Compensation Law Seminar Birmingham, AL 2006, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Workers' Compensation from the Plaintiff's Perspective - Portion of Seminar dedicated to ERISA, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, April 28, 2006, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Losing Your Employee Benefits - Appearance on Law Call, One half hour program on television station WVUA, June 5, 2008, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    •  What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About... ERISA, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, December 19, 2008, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • ERISA/Subrogation Issues, Workers' Compensation Law Seminar, February 27, 2009, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Spotting ERISA and other Employee Benefit Cases, Worker's Compensation Law SeminarBirmingham, AL February 2010, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Host and presenter of the ERISA Litigator's Group Seminar, Plaintiff and Defense Attorney'sBirmingham, AL October 29, 2010, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Panel discussion, Sticky and Ethical ERISA issues, Birmingham, AL October 29, 2010, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Presentation, Discretionary Clause in Alabama:  The History and Present Effort, Birmingham, AL 2010, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Employment Law Issues – Appearance on Law Call, one-half hour program at television station WVUA, 2010, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Continuing Legal Education Presentation: Subrogation Claims: Views from the Plaintiff and Defense Bars. Presented for the Georgia State Bar Employee Benefits law section for the seminar titled, ERISA Litigation Practical Advice for a New Practice, March 17, 2011, Lecture, Employee Benefits
    • Author, “Communication with Unrepresented Potentially Adverse Persons,” Volume 16 The Journal of the Legal Profession 251 (1991)., Employee Benefits
    • Co-Author, “The Metamorphosis of Contributory Negligence to Assumption of Risk in AEMLD Cases,” 12, Number 4, Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal 20 (Fall 1992), Employee Benefits
    • Author, “The Birth of Jim Crow in Alabama 1865-1896,” Volume 13, Numbers 1 & 2 the National Black Law Journal, 184 (1993), Employee Benefits
    • Editor, Manual for Mediation for the Alabama Task Force on Mediation, 1996, Employee Benefits
    • Author, “File Retention Nightmares in the Small Firm,” Alabama State Bar Addendum, Volume 7, Number 3, April 2002, Employee Benefits
    • Author, "Take Another Good Look at Those ERISA Cases," Alabama State Bar Addendum, Volume 7, Number 5, August 2002, Employee Benefits
    • Author, “Overcoming Deposition Jitters”, Alabama State Bar Addendum, February 2003, Employee Benefits
    • Author, “Overcoming Disadvantages in Proving Medical Damages in Personal Injury Cases”, 23, Number 2 Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal 27 (Spring 2003), Employee Benefits
    • Author, "The Subtle Snake: Long Term Disability Under ERISA", 66 Alabama Lawyer 279 (July 5, 2005), Employee Benefits
    • Author, "Let Go of the Peanuts", Alabama State Bar Addendum, August 2006, Employee Benefits
    • Co-Author with John David Collins, "Unraveling ERISA Civil Penalties", 68 Alabama Lawyer 2 (March, 2007), Employee Benefits
    • Co-Author with Dr. Mark Prohaska, "Obtaining Neuropsychological Test Date: Why Is This So Hard", 68 Alabama Lawyer 216 (May 2007), Employee Benefits
    • Author, "Taking Benefits Back: Reimbursement under ERISA", 69 Alabama Lawyer (January 2008), Employee Benefits

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama,7:09-CV-00641-LSC. Judgment: In favor of the plaintiff’s Roger Aaron and Richard Estis, two plant design engineers, against ArvinMeritor, Inc. for all of the benefits due both plaintiffs regarding a separation pay package together with attorneys’ fees requested. and the final judgment was entered on January 12, 2011. Final judgment was entered on January 12, 2011., 2011

    Representative Clients:

    • Our firm only represents individuals in connection with ERISA employee benefit claims. The individuals we typical represent span nearly every occupation including physicians, claims adjusters, plan managers, line workers, attorneys, teachers, nurses, engineers, mechanics, service managers and accountants., 2011

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • After serving on the Focus on Senior Citizens Board for several years, David P. Martin is now the president of the board for Focus on Senior Citizens. This is a charitable organization assisting the retired, elderly and those with disabling conditions with various community services including meals, activities, support groups and creative opportunities for its clients to continue to make contributions to the community.  , 2011



    • The Martin Law Group, LLC provides a newsletter known as The Employee Benefit Advocate, to clients, potential clients, and attorneys who are interested on a quarterly basis. The Employee Benefit Advocate reviews insurance company tactics regarding the claims administration process as well as overpayment issues, statutory penalty issues and claim presentation strategies. While this information is generally intended for clients only, some of the information is later added to websites which may be viewed by the general public., The Employee Benefit Advocate, ERISA Employee Benefit Claims

    Educational Background:

    • Magna Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Houston at Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science Degree, 1987

    Industry Groups

  • Disability
  • Employment Law-Employee
  • Government Benefits
  • Litigation
  • Representing Individuals In All Industry Groups
  • Office Location for David P. Martin

    2117 Jack Warner Parkway
    Suite 1
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


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