John Martin has a multi-faceted practice, with more than 20 years of experience in crisis management, fraud and anti-corruption investigations, commercial disputes, and litigation, including multi-jurisdictional and cross-border disputes. He joined Amsterdam & Partners LLP in 2014 after practicing at two AmLaw 250 firms, serving more than a dozen years with the Enforcement Division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as a federal judicial clerkship.
While at the SEC, John managed and pursued numerous complex investigations and national-priority cases in areas of accounting fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, broker-dealer, and investment adviser matters. He also has investigated several FCPA matters, and has extensive experience working with state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the FBI, DOJ and the various state attorneys general.
John is recognized for his work with complicated investigations, including regarding fraud, financial matters, and anti-corruption issues. He has well-developed skills related to organization, fact and witness development, and reporting. He takes a “hands-on” approach to investigations and typically works side-by-side with investigators, auditors, and consultants. The firm has conducted numerous such investigations, often at times of extreme crisis for its clients, and it is not unusual for the firm to produce a “white paper” on behalf of its clients.
John has experience working with clients on complex disputes across the globe and specializes in the strategic management and organization of investigative and legal teams, including local or specialized counsel “in country.” This work often involves political advocacy, interaction with various media outlets, and public relations deftness. For example, John recently has represented the Republic of Turkey in conducting an international fraud investigation, a prominent Canadian gas and oil company in commercial dispute and corruption matter in Nigeria, and a senior executive of a London-based, multi-national, natural resources corporation in a UK Bribery Act investigation.
John is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. He earned his degree at Brown University and his law degree at the University of Kansas School of Law. He served as a law clerk for the Hon. Monti L. Belot, U.S. District Court of Kansas. Prior to law school, he taught high school English and played professional baseball in France. He is proficient in French.