John T. Martin
Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Worcester, MA
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016
John T. Martin is a dedicated attorney serving Worcester, Massachusetts, from the Keches Law Group. Over his 13-plus years as an attorney, he has resolved and litigated many complex legal disputes related to personal injury, criminal defense and employment law.
As a parent of a disabled child, Mr. Martin understands firsthand the stress and disruption caused by a severe injury. He focuses a significant portion of his practice on representing the rights and interests of victims of catastrophic workplace and auto accidents, medical malpractice, sexual abuse and discrimination.
Mr. Martin has been successful in procuring millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients. Some of his record-setting results include an $11.3 million settlement in a defective equipment accident, an $11 million compensation for a traumatic brain injury and a $9.9 million settlement for a worker injured in a construction accident. He is, perhaps, most well-known for his work in some cases that gained nationwide attention, including the Annie Dookhan drug scandal case and the lesbian firefighter Lori Franchina’s discrimination case.
After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in business administration from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, Mr. Martin received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2009. He was first admitted to practice law in the state courts of Massachusetts and later in federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. His pro hac vice admissions include Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Oregon.
Intimately familiar with Massachusetts’ laws and courtrooms, Mr. Martin is always ready to take a case to trial when it is in the best interests of his clients. He has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by The National Trial Lawyers and holds an “Excellent” client rating on Avvo.
Outside his law practice, Mr. Martin maintains active memberships in professional legal organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester County Bar Association. He also served among the board of governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.
About John T. Martin
First Admitted: 2009, Massachusetts
Professional Webpage: https://kecheslaw.com/injury-attorneys/john-t-martin/
- Mr. Martin's first jury trial was during his second year after law school in the United States Federal District Court. A pro se plaintiff was on the verge of having his case dismissed after battling with a mega-law firm for over two years. The plaintiff, an Egyptian-born Muslim who claimed he was discriminated against by the Boy Scouts could not find an attorney to take his case. He hired John, a brand-new lawyer at the time, who was able to prevail in two separate motions for summary judgment within months of being hired. When the case proceeded to trial a few months later, a jury awarded the plaintiff $452,000.00. The case proceeded to the Court of appeals where it established a new legal precedent: that the intake form at the Massachusetts Commission of Discrimination qualifies as a "Charge" of discrimination for purpose of preserving a statute of limitations.
- David D. was found with approximately $20,000 worth of opiates and several thousand dollars after an undercover sting operation. He was charged with multiple felonies and was facing 20-30 years in prison. Mr. Martin filed a motion to suppress in which he cited various mistakes made during the investigation. He was able to negotiate a plea deal for a sentence of eighteen months before that motion was decided. Later, a statewide audit revealed that a drug lab chemist named Annie Dookhan had engaged in widespread fraud when analyzing narcotics in drug cases. Thanks to Mr. Martin's fast and diligent work his client, David D., was the first person in the state to have a guilty plea and jail sentence vacated because the the now infamous Annie Dookhan scandal.
- Just a week after the Kamal Aly verdict, John tried his first felony case. In that case, a U.S. veteran and arms dealer travelled to Massachusetts for vacation and business. On the business end of the trip he was going to show samples of high-end battle armaments, goggles, and other combat related items to potential buyers at a local military base. He was stopped by the police and discovered to have a loaded firearm without a proper license under Massachusetts laws. He was charged with a number of crimes and a conviction would have not only resulted in a mandatory minimum jail sentence but would have also made him ineligible for his current job and many of the benefits that he had earned as a veteran. The Commonwealth refused to offer him a plea deal. Relying on a little known law that allows for out-of-state arms dealers to carry weapons as necessary to transport items across state lines, John convinced a jury to acquit Cliff V. of all charges.
- Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2013-2016
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys – 2017-2022
- Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts, 2009
- Worcester Bar Association
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Pro Hac Vice, Various Jurisdictions including Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Oregon
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2013
- United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2011
- B.A., summa cum laude, Nichols College
Last Updated: 5/25/2022