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Hon. Lawrence D. Martin - Judge Information

Court Information - Hon. Lawrence D. Martin

Hon. Lawrence D. Martin's Information:


Circuit Judge


Collier County
Domestic Relations
(Excluding Demestic Violence)
(Exceptions listed in division assignment order for Circuit Court cases in Collier County)
Probate & Guardianship50%

Judicial Assistant:

Name: Sherry
Phone: (239) 252-8747

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Hon. Lawrence D. Martin's Bio:

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, the Honorable Lawrence D. Martin was first appointed to the bench by the late Governor Lawton Chiles in 1998 to serve as County Court Judge. He was then appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Circuit bench in May 2003.

Judge Martin attended the University of Virginia, where he received his BA in English in 1966. Upon graduation he enrolled in the University of Florida College of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in June 1969. He was then admitted to the Florida Bar in November of 1969. In addition to the state of Florida, Judge Martin has been admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, various federal courts, the United States Army Court Of Military Review, and the United States Court Of Military Appeals.

In the second half of 1969, Judge Martin taught school at the maximum-security wing of the Florida State Prison at Raiford. In 1970, he joined the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps, where he served through 1973. As a JAG officer he prosecuted and defended soldiers in courts-martial and represented the government in military appeals at the U.S. Army Judiciary in the Washington D. C. area. Upon leaving the Army, Judge Martin immediately moved to Naples where he entered private practice with the firm of Alderman and Martin.

In 1975, he joined the firm of Vega, Brown, and Nichols where he practiced and served as managing partner until February, 1996. He then established his own firm where he continued in private practice until taking the bench in September of 1998. Throughout his career as an attorney Judge Martin specialized in trial and appellate law with emphasis on criminal prosecution and defense, family law, securities litigation, and general civil cases. As a practicing attorney he attained the highest rating of AV in the Martindale- Hubbell Law Directory.

Judge Martin has been active in the legal community. He has served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, was the founder and first Chairperson of the Collier County Fee Arbitration Committee, founder and first president of the Collier County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President and Board Member of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, and Team Leader and Master Bencher for the Collier County Chapter of American Inns of Court. As a County Court Judge he was active in the Conference of County Court Judges, serving on a variety of committees and as chairperson of the Judicial Assistants Committee. In addition, until his appointment to the circuit bench, he chaired the Collier County Canvassing Board.

Judge Martin has also been active in the service of Collier County, where he has lived and worked since 1973. He served as President of the Collier County Mental health Clinic and was Founding President of the David Lawrence Mental Health Center. He has served as both Attorney and Board member for the East Naples Civic Association. He was also a founding Member of the Collier County Consumers’Rights Group.

He has served as an instructor for the Collier County Sheriffs Department, a member of the Collier County Sheriffs Office Civilian Promotion Board, and as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Naples. In addition, he is currently a member of Naples Sunset Rotary, the Collier County Historical Society, and is a pilot for Angel Flight Southeast, a non-profit volunteer pilot organization involved in "public benefit flying."

He is the proud father of Janeice T. Martin, a Collier County Judge in Naples.

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