Jerry Martin took the ceremonial oath of the office of U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Thursday afternoon at the federal courthouse.
Judge Todd Campbell, currently presiding over the Middle District Court, presented Martin with the oath in the formal investiture ceremony before a courtroom of prominent lawyers, politicians and city leaders. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper and attorney George Barrett addressed the court at the ceremony.
Cooper suggested Martin for U.S. Attorney, and according to Barrett, Alexander was instrumental in moving Martin’s confirmation through the Senate in less than two months.
“We’ve been involved in a great deal of litigation and a lot of representation, during the course of which I’ve learned to respect and value Jerry’s advice, wisdom and insight,” Barrett said of his time working alongside Martin.
“He has wisdom beyond his age and knowledge far beyond his education,” Barrett said.
Cooper said in his remarks, “Jerry is truly outstanding, been outstanding his entire life, and his legal career is amazing.”
Each who spoke, acknowledged the job Ed Yarbrough did as the U.S. attorney before Martin.
Alexander said of Yarbrough, “[He] stepped aside from his law practice at the peak of his career and came into this office, one of the most important in our state. He composed himself with integrity and dignity and professionalism. … We owe Ed Yarbrough a lot.”
Martin was legally sworn into the office on May 21 following his nomination for U.S. Attorney by President Obama and his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Before taking the post as a federal prosecutor, Martin practiced law as a partner at Barrett Johnston & Parsley trying class-action suits in the federal judicial system.
In his remarks, Martin asserted his intent to “dispassionately” prosecute white-collar crimes including those against the environment and political corruption. He also vowed to use discretion in the cases he chooses to prosecute.