PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Clay Martin is a co-founder in the law firm of Martin & Helms, P.C., in Huntsville, Alabama. Born and raised in Decatur, Alabama. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in finance in 1992. Mr. Martin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1995. While in law school, he was a member of Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and served as Vice-President of the Student Bar Association.
Since graduating from law school, Mr. Martin has concentrated his practice on representing individuals and the families of individuals who have been harmed or injured as a result of the wrongful acts of others. While practicing in both state and federal courts throughout the Country, Mr. Martin has had the opportunity to litigate cases involving issues of products liability, tractor-trailer and automobile collisions, dangerous roadways, defective pharmaceutical drugs, defective medical devices, defective household products, mass torts, fires and explosions, and business disputes.
Mr. Martin has received an AV rating which is the highest peer-review rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s rating system. Mr. Martin has been selected as one of Alabama’s Super Lawyers for each of the past four years. Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research.
In the area of mass torts, Mr. Martin was actively involved in the representation of individuals who suffered kidney failure as a result of ingesting oral sodium phosphate bowel prep medications prior to a colonoscopy or surgical procedure. In recognition of his work in this area, Mr. Martin was selected as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for In Re: Oral Sodium Phosphate Solution – Based Products Liability Litigation, Multi-District Litigation 2066, and served as the Chair of the American Association of Justice’s Oral Sodium Phosphate Litigation Group.
Mr. Martin is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and the Alabama Association for Justice. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Martin serves as one of two lawyers appointed to the nine member Madison County Judicial Commission. Mr. Martin served as President of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association in 2013-2014, and currently serves as Immediate, Past-President. He served as President of the American Inns of Court, Madison County Chapter 2004-2005. He has previously served on the Board of Governors and currently serves as a State Delegate for the American Association for Justice. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Alabama Association for Justice where he is a sustaining member. Mr. Martin is also a member of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class of 2007.
Mr. Martin participated in the Trial Lawyers Care pro bono project which provided legal representation for victims making claims with the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund of 2001. He has served on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley for eight years and was honored to serve as the Board’s President in 2007-2008. Recently, he has served as a founder and chair of UCP of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley’s Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge Run Fundraiser and currently serves as a Member of the UCP Corporation. In 2011, Martin & Helms, P.C., was honored with the Small Firm of the Year Award by the Madison County Volunteer Lawyer’s Program.
Mr. Martin and his wife, Kim, are the proud parents of two girls. He met Kim in Law School at the University of Alabama, and they have both practiced law in Huntsville since graduating from law school. The Martins are members of First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, where they have served as teachers for the children’s church program.