Anthony Martin, Shareholder

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Biography

Anthony L. (Tony) Martin has over 30 years of litigation experience. He is a life-long Illinois resident who now lives in Madison County after living in St. Clair County most of his legal career. Before law school, Tony worked for the IRS in addition to serving as a drill sergeant (85th Div., USAR). Tony met his wife, Nancy, at Harding College. Their two children are Harding University graduates.

Tony concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance law (primarily coverage and bad faith cases) and product liability and class action litigation. He represents a diverse clientele varied in size and type of industry, which are local, regional, national and international.  He has been able to resolve legal disputes and litigation through mediation, arbitration and trial. Tony has successfully tried cases throughout central and southern Illinois, particularly Madison and St. Clair Counties, and Missouri, primarily St. Louis City and County, and the federal courts in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has mediated and arbitrated many cases, and is also a trained mediator and arbitrator affiliated with USA&M in St. Louis.

Tony began his insurance law practice upon law school graduation. Even before graduation, he worked as a law clerk for a law firm which allowed him to work on some cutting edge insurance law issues. Since then, he has been continuously involved in insurance coverage and bad faith cases. In addition to his litigation practice, he regularly prepares papers and makes seminar presentations on insurance coverage and bad faith issues locally, regionally, and nationally. Tony regularly adds to the firm’s bad faith blog along with Aaron French and John Sandberg. He also chairs the firm’s Insurance Coverage Team.

Tony’s class action experience dates back to the 1980s. He has been involved in the defense of class action cases in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, as well as federal court MDLs. The clients represented include individuals, small businesses and major national and international corporations. He frequently finds himself representing clients in class action litigation in some of the most difficult venues in Missouri and Illinois, including Madison and St. Clair Counties. When his clients want to settle early, he assists them in doing so. However, if they prefer a full scale defense, Tony and his colleagues at Sandberg Phoenix continue the fight. Tony leads the firm’s Class Action Team.

Background

Civic Activities

Tony is a member of the Chambers of Commerce in Madison County, Illinois. Tony and Nancy are also active in their church.

Professional Activities

Tony is admitted to the bar in Missouri and Illinois, as well as the United States District Courts in Eastern and Western Missouri and Southern Illinois, and the Seventh and Eighth United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.

He is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Madison County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, and the Christian Legal Society.

Tony was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants from 2015 to 2017.

Education

Tony earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law – Carbondale. While there, he was a National Moot Court Team member and a Research Editor for the Law Journal.

Tony received his B.S., with honors, from Illinois State University in 1975.

Successes

East Washington Chiropractic, et al. v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company:  This multi-state Madison County, Illinois med pay case filed in 2000 was recently settled on a class wide basis and the court granted final approval for that class action settlement.

Smith-Silk, et al. v. Prenzler, et al.:  Tony headed the litigation team for the Madison County defendants which led to the entry of judgment in their favor before there was a ruling on the class certification motion. This judgment was reaffirmed upon appeal.

Jamon Davis v. Mulch, et al.:  Tony was appointed as counsel for the plaintiff in this section 1983 litigation, which led to a favorable settlement for his client, a Cook County detainee, transferred temporarily to Southern Illinois from the maximum security unit in the Cook County Jail.

Madison Mutual Insurance Company v. Williams, et al.:  Madison Mutual filed this declaratory judgment action against its insured, whom was alleged to have been responsible for the explosion at her house.  The property of numerous neighbors was also damaged leading to subrogation claims in excess of $1,000,000.  Those subrogation claims were withdrawn in exchange for dismissals against those subrogating insurance carriers and Madison Mutual prevailed against the insured and her mortgagee.

Sisters of Mercy Health System v. Johnson, et al.:  This declaratory judgment action was filed by the hospital system against a former employee and all interested parties regarding the alleged surreptitious video-taping of minor females.  The court entered judgment in favor of Sisters of Mercy Health on the Pool Document (similar to an insurance policy) declaring that there was no duty to indemnify or defend the former trainer.

McKinzie v. Clubbs:  This case involved a prisoner’s allegations of excessive force by a prison guard. The case was tried before Senior District Judge Stohr in the Eastern District of Missouri. The jury’s verdict was for the defendant prison guard.

Massey v. Shelter Life Insurance Company:  This multi-state class action case, after multiple transfers between federal and state courts in Missouri and Kansas, resulted in a class wide settlement.  At issue was the amount of charges to insureds for the insurance and investment components of this variable life insurance product.

Schuppert, et al. v. Down:  This Madison County class action case was ultimately settled by the Canadian national who allegedly violated U.S. law by gaming activities advertised in the U.S., but operated outside the country.

Hicks v. Boston Scientific Corp.:  This product liability medical device case was tried in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The jury returned a verdict for defendant.

Fritzsche v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.:  Madison County, Illinois was the venue of this wrongful death railroad crossing case. The lengthy trial resulted in a net verdict to plaintiff in excess of $3 million.

Morrissey v. Morrissey:  A seriously injured mother sued her son in this automobile negligence case defended in St. Louis County. The plaintiff settled with the obviously liable co-defendant before trial. The jury returned a verdict for defendant. This case was listed by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the top ten defense verdicts for the year.

Husch v. Fire Insurance Exchange:  This arson fire/insurance fraud case was tried in the U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The plaintiff’s wife’s body was found in the home after the fire. Although the plaintiff had been charged with her murder, the criminal case had not gone to trial. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant insurance company.

Fust v. Francois:  Malicious prosecution was the theory of this case tried in St. Louis County, by homeowners against a real estate developer. The Fusts sued after Francois dismissed his suit against them. The jury returned a verdict for over $2.5 million, which was then remitted to $1.1 million.

Jones v. Porter Oil:  This product liability case was tried for three weeks in the City of St. Louis against a kerosene heater manufacturer and the distributors of the kerosene fuel. The manufacturer settled for several million dollars. The jury returned a verdict for the severely burned minor plaintiff for $25 million.

Boivin v. Clark:   The pharmacist plaintiff and her husband pursued this serious injury truck/auto accident case in U. S. District Court in St. Louis. The jury returned verdicts in favor of all defendants.

Bean v. Missouri Pacific Railroad Co.:  The family of the deceased railroad engineer brought this wrongful death/FELA/railroad crossing accident case in which there were two deaths. The case was tried in Madison County, Illinois. The co-defendant, Goldmine Farms, agreed to a structured settlement for more than $1 million. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant railroad.

Mitchell v. Hackler:   Springfield, Illinois was the venue for this architectural malpractice case brought by a seriously injured minor plaintiff. The two co-defendants settled before trial. The Sangamon County jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the architect.

Seminar Presentations

Insurance Bad Faith Claims Involving Additional Insureds and Defense Within Limits Policies (Strafford Webinar) December 6, 2016

Missouri and Illinois Insurance Coverage Disputes: Some Important Rules (The Lawyers Association of St. Louis and USA&M, CLE Program) December 2, 2016

Insurance Coverage and Extra-Contractual Liability Disputes, Consent Judgments: Strategies in Bad Faith Claims Given the Use of Consent Judgments to Box in Primary and Excess Carriers (American Conference Institute) November 30, 2016

State of the Market for High-Profile Bad Faith Cases and High Dollar Verdicts (American Conference Institute, Extra-Contractual and Bad Faith Liability Conference) June 2, 2016

Bad Faith Claims & Litigation and – Latest Decisions and Emerging Trends (American Conference Institute) November 19, 2015

Inter-Company Bad Faith Claims:  When Another Carrier Launches (DRI) June 18, 2015

The Insurance Jungle: The Finger-Pointing Game—Whose Fault Is It? (IICLE) May 4, 2015

Insurance Coverage Disputes:  How to Thrive or Survive Under Section 537.065 (with Beth Boggs and Tim Gallagher) (USA&M) March 13, 2015

Understanding Insurance Issues and Coverage (with Larry Hall) (MoBar CLE) March 11, 2015

Professional Ethics In Your Practice (IICLE) April 24, 2014

Understanding Insurance Issues and Coverage (with Josh Davis) (MoBar CLE) March 12, 2014

Class Actions 101 (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance) October 23, 2013

Litigating Bad Faith Insurance Claims—Key Issues and Case Law Update/Secrets to Discovery (National Business Institute) June 14, 2013

Assessing and Addressing Insurance Fraud (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance) May 29, 2013

Understanding Insurance Issues and Coverage (with Josh Davis) (MoBar CLE) March 7, 2013

Class Action Litigation 101 (National Business Institute) September 26, 2012

Insider’s Guide to Class Action Litigation (Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis) September 21, 2012

Understanding Insurance Issues and Coverage (with Josh Davis) (MoBar CLE) March 1, 2012

Bad Faith:  How to Recognize it in Your Case (National Business Institute ) November 21, 2011

Insurance Fraud and Bad Faith (National Business Institute) May 19, 2011

Negotiation Strategies for Council on Litigation Management, August 6, 2009

Case Assessment & Evaluation for Council on Litigation Management, July 16, 2009

Insurance Coverage Litigation/Interpreting Coverage Under the Insurance Contract; Bad Faith Litigation (National Business Institute) June 4, 2009

Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Missouri/Identifying the Type of Tort, Related Causes of Action and Damages; Successful Courtroom Strategies; Avoiding Bad Faith Claims for the Insurance Professional:  Complying with the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act (National Business Institute) March 14, 2008

Insurance Law Update:  Understanding Current Coverage Trends—Personal and Advertising Injury Liability; Ethical Issues (National Business Institute) May 17, 2007

Fundamentals of Property Insurance Law/Bad Faith Claims (Sterling Education Services) November 13, 2003

 

Publications

“California Dreamin’? Generic Drug Users Can Sue Brand Name Drug Manufacturers,” Defense Counsel Journal, October 2010.

Regional Editor & State Contributor, Compendium of Law:  Bad Faith, Defense Research Institute Library Series, 2010 Rev. Ed.

Comment, “Bankruptcy Exemptions:  Whether Illinois’ Use of the Federal ‘Opt-Out’ Provision is Constitutional,” 1981 S. Ill. U.L.J. 65

BIOGRAPHY

Anthony L. (Tony) Martin has over 30 years of litigation experience. He is a life-long Illinois resident who now lives in Madison County after living in St. Clair County most of his legal career. Before law school, Tony worked for the IRS in addition to serving as a drill sergeant (85th Div., USAR). Tony met his wife, Nancy, at Harding College. Their two children are Harding University graduates.

Tony concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance law (primarily coverage and bad faith cases) and product liability and class action litigation. He represents a diverse clientele varied in size and type of industry, which are local, regional, national and international.  He has been able to resolve legal disputes and litigation through mediation, arbitration and trial. Tony has successfully tried cases throughout central and southern Illinois, particularly Madison and St. Clair Counties, and Missouri, primarily St. Louis City and County, and the federal courts in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri. He has mediated and arbitrated many cases, and is also a trained mediator and arbitrator affiliated with USA&M in St. Louis.

Tony began his insurance law practice upon law school graduation. Even before graduation, he worked as a law clerk for a law firm which allowed him to work on some cutting edge insurance law issues. Since then, he has been continuously involved in insurance coverage and bad faith cases. In addition to his litigation practice, he regularly prepares papers and makes seminar presentations on insurance coverage and bad faith issues locally, regionally, and nationally. Tony regularly adds to the firm’s bad faith blog along with Aaron French and John Sandberg. He also chairs the firm’s Insurance Coverage Team.

Tony’s class action experience dates back to the 1980s. He has been involved in the defense of class action cases in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, as well as federal court MDLs. The clients represented include individuals, small businesses and major national and international corporations. He frequently finds himself representing clients in class action litigation in some of the most difficult venues in Missouri and Illinois, including Madison and St. Clair Counties. When his clients want to settle early, he assists them in doing so. However, if they prefer a full scale defense, Tony and his colleagues at Sandberg Phoenix continue the fight. Tony leads the firm’s Class Action Team.

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