Martin A. Stern - Adams and Reese LLP

Martin A. Stern

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 504-585-0289

Martin Stern began his career at Adams and Reese in 1985 when the firm had only one office and approximately 50 lawyers. Now with the firm over six times as large, Martin serves as its Appellate Team Leader, overseeing its fast-growing appellate practice and also focusing on class action, products liability and constitutional litigation.

Martin has argued numerous appeals, ranging from the appeal of a $1 billion punitive damage award for a major oil and gas company to working on the pro bono team that won Kennedy v. Louisiana, where the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision that the death penalty is unconstitutional for non-homicide crimes against individuals.

Martin has worked on a wide array of other high profile cases, including:

  • Leading the successful effort to defeat class certification in several toxic tort cases, including most recently one based on alleged exposure to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) from oil and gas exploration.
  • Leading the successful effort to defeat other cases—even before class certification could be sought—including one alleging that oil and gas production caused coastal erosion and, in turn, Hurricane Katrina-related damage.
  • Serving as lead counsel for a local governmental body to defeat alleged violations of the Takings, Due Process and Interstate Commerce Clauses.
  • Representing defendants in complex litigation involving product liability claims, particularly in the pharmaceutical arena.

Martin also has a deep background in legal ethics, having represented judges before the Louisiana State Judiciary Commission as well as lawyers before the Louisiana State Disciplinary Board, for which he formerly served as Hearing Committee Chair. Martin makes use of this experience in his position as Claims Counsel for the firm, essentially serving as in-house counsel for Adams and Reese. Martin was the first Chair of the firm’s Ethics Committee and was also Chair of the Recruiting Committee. 

One of Martin’s great passions is his pro bono work. He is a current director of Louisiana Appleseed and a past director of national Appleseed, a non-profit organization that attacks systemic injustice at its root cause—what American Lawyer Magazine® called “pro bono’s new frontier.”  Martin is a recipient of Appleseed’s Evelyn Singer Award, a nationwide award for outstanding pro bono service. 

In addition, Martin received the “Outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” at Adams and Reese and was named among the Leadership in Law – New Orleans CityBusiness Class of 2008 for spearheading the reestablishment of an Appleseed Center in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.

Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. University of TexasBA
American Bar AssociationBar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitDefense Research InstituteInternational Association of Defense CounselLouisiana Association of Defense CounselLouisiana State Bar AssociationLSBA Appellate Section Specialization CommitteeLouisiana Appleseed, Board of Directors

Case History

Other Court Admissions


  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Louisiana Supreme Court

Office Location

One Shell Square, Suite 4500
701 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70139
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the New Orleans Metro Area
Martin A. Stern has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants