Martha L. Boyd - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Martha L. Boyd

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014

Martha Boyd advises clients who are competing for and executing contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The U.S. government's regulations for its suppliers are vast, and Martha helps contractors comply with those rules when they encounter day-to-day human resources problems and personnel decisions, and she directs them on policy implementation. While Martha is based in Baker Donelson's Nashville office, she represents clients all over the United States.

Ms. Boyd's experience in labor and employment matters extends beyond government contracting issues. She advises both for-profit and non-profit employers on day-to-day questions regarding hiring, discipline, leaves of absence, and human resources policy development and implementation. Ms. Boyd trains supervisors and managers in complying with employment laws. She investigates allegations of employee wrongdoing, including harassment and discrimination and employee fraud. She represents employers in all types of litigation in state and federal courts, and has successfully defended employment discrimination claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and other state and federal statutes.

As a U.S. Army veteran, Ms. Boyd also works with defense contractors that supply goods and services to the U.S. military to comply with the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and other export compliance standards. Ms. Boyd's experience enables her to assist government contractors develop and implement codes of ethics, internal controls, reporting mechanisms and other elements of a compliance program and provides training to contractors working in the U.S. and overseas on ethics and compliance, procurement fraud and other areas.

Ms. Boyd is a former Major in the United States Army Reserves. She served for six years on active duty as a Military Intelligence officer, with assignments in Germany and Maryland. She continued her service in the Reserves, serving as a Civil Affairs officer with the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ms. Boyd has a secret-level security clearance.

Recent Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Author − "Employee Handbooks: Formality can be Your Friend," Corporate Compliance Insights (October 17, 2013); reprinted in HR Professionals (October 2013)
  • Author − "For Government Contractors, The Nondisplacement Rule May Take Staffing Decisions Out of Your Hands," Corporate Compliance Insights (May 6 & 7, 2013)

Vanderbilt UniversityBA 1990Vanderbilt University Law SchoolJ.D. 1999
Human Resources Committee for the YWCA (2013 - present) Human Resources Committee, Park Center, Inc. (2003 - present); Board of Directors (2014) Law 360 Employment Editorial Advisory Board (2013) Tennessee Bar FoundationHarry Phillips American Inn of Court Nashville Bar Association Tennessee Bar Association

Office Location

Baker Donelson Center, Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - ERISA of the Nashville Metro Area
Martha L. Boyd has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - ERISA