Jerry E. Martin, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, has informed his staff that he will be resigning his appointment effective Monday, April 8.
Martin has announced he will join the San Diego based securities firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and will open a new Nashville office for the firm.
Martin was sworn into office on May 21, 2010, following nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate for a four-year term. That he chose not to complete his term is not uncommon in these types of appointments.
Prior to serving as U.S. attorney, Martin was a partner at the Nashville law firm of Barrett, Johnston & Parsley, and an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims prior to that.
A Middle Tennessee native, Martin grew up in Bell Buckle, Tenn. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and then graduated from Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, Calif.
While serving as the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Martin served as co-chair of the U.S. Attorney General’s health care fraud working group.
Martin will join Robbins Geller’s Whistleblower Practice Group and Health-Care Fraud Task Force. The firm’s Whistleblower Practice Group is comprised of former federal prosecutors and will focus its efforts on Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
“We’re honored that Jerry has selected our firm,” said Robbins Geller’s Darren J. Robbins. “He will further enhance the prosecutorial judgment and expertise we bring to bear on behalf of our institutional investor and whistleblower clients.”
“I’m thrilled to join a firm with a record of success and a proven commitment to fighting for victims of corporate fraud, ” said Martin.
Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Martin represented shareholders, employees and consumers in civil litigation.
With Martin’s resignation, jockeying for the coveted federal appointment begins among area attorneys. The position is nominated by the president and confirmed by a vote in the U.S. Senate, which means that it is one of the few prestigious political positions in the state available to Democrats.