Jerry E. Martin
Jerry E. Martin grew up in Bell Buckle, Tennessee (pop. 400). He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and then graduated from Stanford Law School.
Prior to becoming the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Mr. Martin was a partner at Barrett, Johnston in Nashville. Mr. Martin’s private practice was focused on representing aggrieved shareholders, consumers and employees in collective and class action cases in federal courts around the country.
Two months prior to his nomination, Mr. Martin conducted a lengthy federal jury trial on behalf of hundreds of food processing workers who asserted that they had been denied overtime payments due under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The jury found that the company had in fact willfully violated the statute. Very few FLSA collective actions have ever gone to trial and the results had a ripple effect on other pending cases in the same industry around the country.
“Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, I had the great privilege of representing working people and was almost always outmatched by my opponents in terms of resources. I loved my work and couldn’t imagine anything more satisfying. Now I have the great honor of representing the best client in the world – the United States of America. I strive every day to live up to the awesome responsibility.”
Mr. Martin is married to Cynthia Ragan and they have two daughters, Georgia and Harper.