J. Rudy Martin|
500 Lee Street East
Charleston, WV 25301-3202
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J. Rudy Martin is Counsel in the Firm's Commercial Law Practice Group whose practice is focused on insurance‑related issues, including coverage issues, insurer bad faith liability, insurance agent and broker professional liability, consultation on insurance issues and claims adjustment. Mr. Martin had fourteen years of experience in the insurance industry prior to law school, during which he attained the Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and Life Underwriter Training Counsel Fellow professional designations.
During his tenure working in the insurance industry, Mr. Martin worked as both a captive and an independent insurance agent selling all lines of insurance including life, health, pension and investment products, as well as personal and commercial property and casualty insurance. He also worked as a sales and agency manager hiring, training and supervising insurance agents. As a manager, Mr. Martin had significant interaction with both underwriters on new business issues, as well as claims handlers on issues related to claims filed by agency clients. He is intimately familiar with both retail agent and agency operations, and he is equally knowledgeable about the operation of excess/surplus lines brokers and excess/surplus markets.
During his twenty‑seven years as a practicing lawyer, Mr. Martin's practice has been focused on insurance issues including coverage, claims handling and agent conduct. He has been hired on numerous occasions to directly adjust claims for both insurance companies as well as claimants. While some of these engagements have, in part, required legal advice, he has served as the insurance adjuster adjusting these claims to a conclusion and, where necessary, negotiating claim resolution. Mr. Martin holds an adjuster's license in West Virginia.
Mr. Martin also enjoys an active and expanding practice as a mediator, arbitrator and facilitator in litigation matters, as well as in business disputes outside the litigation context. He is actively involved with the West Virginia State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and serves on its Education Subcommittee regularly training lawyers to serve as mediators. He is also the former Chairman of the State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee's Training and Education Subcommittee. Mr. Martin attended the Advanced Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School.
In addition to his involvement with the West Virginia State Bar, Mr. Martin is also a member of the Kanawha County Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia.
Mr. Martin has taught a number of insurance courses and has written several articles, including an article on alternative dispute resolution, which was published in Portuguese as "A Mediacao: Um Instrumento Valioso Para As Empresas," in Mediacao compiled and edited by Jose Vasconcelos‑Sousa, Quimera 2002.
Mr. Martin is a Virginia native. He attended Emory & Henry College where he received a Bachelor's degree in history. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary Marshall‑Wythe School of Law.