Martin joined Gouldens in 1980, making partner in 1983. He set up the firm's insolvency litigation practice, then its insurance litigation practice, before focusing on contentious employment matters.

As a senior partner at the time of the merger with Jones Day, Martin served as Head of Labor & Employment for Europe, before leaving in 2007 to join his then client, Hudson, to build the partner recruitment team.

Prior to Piper Pritchard, Martin was Chairman of V&P Global.