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Clarence E. Martin, III

Clarence “CEM” Martin is a Shareholder at Martin & Seibert, L.C. and is the third generation of his family to be a member of the firm. His Grandfather, Clarence E. Martin, President of the American Bar Association in 1932-33, founded the firm in 1908.

Mr. Martin practices law in the areas of insurance coverage issues, insurance defense litigation, electric utility litigation, railroad defense litigation (FELA), products liability and asbestos defense litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also lobbies on various issues, including insurance, litigation and civil justice reform.

Mr. Martin is a former assistant counsel to the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He was Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1976-82.

Mr. Martin has taken leadership roles in a number of professional and business organizations in West Virginia and beyond. He was recently elected Chairperson for the West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. He has also served his communities in the following capacities:

• President of the West Virginia Bar Association in 1991-92

• Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Agricultural Workers from 1988-92

• National Board of the American Board of Trial Advocates from 1986-94

• Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation

• Board of Directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia from 1984-92, 2004-

• Board of Directors of F & M Bank - Martinsburg

• Board of Directors of the National Parks and Conservation Association

• Board of Directors of Shenandoah Gas, a subsidiary of Washington Gas

• Board of Directors of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

• Board of Advisors for Shepherd College serving as its Chair from 1990-92 and 1995-97

• Board of Advisors for the Catholic University of America School of Law

• Member of the West Virginia Bar Foundation

• Member of the West Virginia Law Institute

• Member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

In 1992 he was appointed to serve on the West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development, which developed and directed the State’s economic development programs and was elected its Secretary and served until 1995. He also chaired the West Virginia Economic Development Foundation and the West Virginia Economic Development Corporation, which are authorized by the Council as private funding corporations for the State’s economic development programs. He now serves on the board of Vision Shared which works with the State’s development office on economic development. He served as President of the Discover the REAL West Virginia Foundation from its founding in 1993 through 2004. The DRWV Foundation works on economic development and international trade with U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV. He is also Chairman of the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority, which is restoring a historic railroad property. In 2003, Mr. Martin was elected a fellow in the West Virginia Bar Foundation.

Mr. Martin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Holy Family Hospital Foundation, which is the only hospital that provides neo-natal care in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is also and president of the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. In 2000, Mr. Martin was invested in the Order of Malta as a Knight of Magisterial Grace. In 2003 he was eleced to the Federal Associations Board of Directors. In 2004 he was invested as a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the Constantinian Order of St. George. These are among the highest honors a Catholic layman can receive in recognition of service to the church, community, and his profession. It is a particular honor to have been invested in all three of these Orders.

He is qualified to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, West Virginia Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia; District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia, The Court of Appeals for Maryland, and The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

E-mail: [email protected]


Admitted:West Virginia 1974; Maryland; Pennsylvania; District of Columbia
Joined Firm:1975
Tel: 304.262.3213
Hometown:Martinsburg, West Virginia

University of Arizona (A.B. Undergraduate Studies 1968); Catholic University College of Law (J.D. 1974)

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