Jim Martin, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, concentrates in the areas of complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate governance and compliance. Jim has served as lead defense counsel in numerous class action and other major civil litigation matters. Those include Securities and Exchange Commission fraud actions, high profile white collar criminal litigation, major healthcare fraud cases, and False Claims Act litigation.
A number of Jim's cases have drawn national attention. For example, in 2010, after obtaining dismissal of the related criminal indictment, Jim went to trial and won the dismissal of the SEC lawsuit that charged his client with participating in a stock option backdating scheme. A federal judge threw out the civil suit after the SEC presented its side of the case to the jury. Also in 2010, Jim convinced the Department of Justice to end a highly publicized criminal investigation of a member of President Bush's cabinet without bringing charges or taking any other adverse action.
In 2013, he convinced the federal court in St. Louis to throw out a criminal indictment of an Israeli national accused of a nationwide multi-million dollar fraud. Following the ruling that Jim worked to secure, the government ultimately dismissed the case without appeal.
Jim is a trial lawyer with vast jury trial experience in the United States federal courts. Yet, he has also had great success in keeping his clients from having to deal with the burdens and expense of facing trial in multiple situations. More than half of his clients investigated by the Government for alleged criminal conduct have never been indicted. He also has obtained the dismissal of several different class action and False Claims Act lawsuits prior to incurring the expense of full-blown discovery, saving clients hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Jim has also served as lead counsel in multiple corporate internal investigations. Among others, several of those investigations have involved allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prior to joining Dowd Bennett LLP, Jim was a partner in a large St. Louis-based law firm. Before that he served as a federal prosecutor for 21 years, including as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. As a federal prosecutor, he was successful in the prosecution of white collar crime, public corruption and tax fraud.
In 1999 and 2000, Jim spent a year and a half working with former Senator John Danforth in the Office of Special Counsel, serving as Director of Investigative Operations, where he supervised 12 attorneys and 38 federal agents investigating the allegations pertaining to the 1993 confrontation between law enforcement and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.