Personal Injury & Accident Attorney Huntsville, Alabama2018-10-12T10:39:06+00:00
Personal Injury & Accident Attorney Huntsville, Alabama



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.

Personal Injury & Accident Attorney Huntsville, Alabama



Tara Helms grew up on a small farm in Blount County, Alabama.  One of her strengths as a lawyer is her ability to relate to people from all walks of life.  She received her law degree with honors from the Cumberland School of Law in 1998, where she served on Law Review and the National Moot Court Team and became the first lawyer in her family.  Mrs. Helms was inducted into Cumberland’s Curia Honoris Honor Society and the Order of Barristers upon graduation.  Mrs. Helms was admitted to the Bar of the State of Alabama in 1998. 

Mrs. Helms has devoted her law practice to representing and protecting the rights of survivors of accidents causing serious injuries and victims of wrongful death.  Mrs. Helms believes that the most important role for a lawyer is to follow the course of action that is best for the client.  Mrs. Helms appreciates the fact that personal injury cases can be stressful for clients and their families.  With that in mind, she welcomes the opportunity to go to trial, but also advocates resolving cases if the resolution is fair and promotes the well-being of the client.  Mrs. Helms has had a first-hand experience with a family member who has been involved in a lawsuit after being seriously injured in a car wreck.  Therefore, she has a deep understanding of the emotional impact of dealing with a client’s injury, as well as how difficult and stressful a personal injury case can be for clients and their families.

She has represented injured individuals and their families in a wide range of injury and wrongful death claims, including car and truck accidents, workplace accidents, accidents resulting from defective construction, products liability and defective drugs, and medical-related cases including nursing home abuse and neglect.  Mrs. Helms is devoted to working with injury victims and their families during their time of need.  She has represented hundreds of individuals within the State of Alabama, as well as across the United States.

Mrs. Helms is a sustaining member of the Alabama Association for Justice, a member of the Huntsville and Alabama Bar Associations, and the American Association for Justice.  Mrs. Helms also Chairs the Women’s Caucus of the Alabama Association for Justice and serves on the Board of Directors for that organization   She has also written articles which have been published in the quarterly Journal of the Association.

Mrs. Helms volunteers in community service projects dedicated to aiding underprivileged and injured persons.  Mrs. Helms is very active in the Christian Women’s Job Corp (“CWJC”) which is a faith-based non-profit organization.  Mrs. Helms is married to Jimmy Helms and has two girls.  She lives with her family in Arab, Alabama.