Kevin P. Martin

Kevin P. Martin

Partner Co-Chair, Appellate Litigation
Kevin P. Martin

Kevin P. Martin is co-chair of Goodwin’s Appellate Litigation Group. Mr. Martin’s practice involves high stakes appeals and trials before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, with a focus on matters presenting complex constitutional and administrative law issues, including questions of federal preemption. He also has extensive experience representing clients in intellectual property and commercial disputes, and in internal and government investigations in the United States and overseas.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Martin clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Examples of Mr. Martin’s recent work for clients include:

  • Arguing on behalf of a major national bank, as trustee for approximately 3,000 trusts, in a pending appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concerning the state’s authority to tax trusts administered by out-of-state corporations.
  • Representing a nuclear power company in a multi-year series of administrative trials before New York State environmental regulators, concerning the company’s application for a water quality certification and pollution discharge permit under the federal Clean Water Act and related state laws, including litigation of Atomic Energy Act preemption issues.
  • Representing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in a federal district court challenge to the constitutionality of a federal statute governing cost sharing between the MBTA and Amtrak.
  • Arguing before the First and D.C. Circuits on behalf of a nuclear power company in defense of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s issuance of renewed licenses to two nuclear power plants, defeating challenges to the licenses brought by the states in which the plants are located.
  • Arguing before the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court for the reversal of a $45 million judgment against an individual in a breach of contract case.
  • Representing a technology company in an appeal to the Federal Circuit of a patent case presenting novel jurisdictional issues under the America Invents Act.
  • Representing a client in responding to inquiries from the Federal Transit Administration concerning compliance with the disparate impact regulations enacted under Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act.
  • On a pro bono basis, representing a class of school children bringing a constitutional challenge to a state law cap on charter school enrollment in Massachusetts.
  • Representing a tobacco company before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in its appeal of a more than $200 million judgment in a products liability and consumer protection case.
  • Arguing before the New York Appellate Division in a challenge to the New York State Department of State’s designation of certain stretches of the Hudson River as significant coastal fish and wildlife habitats.
  • Serving as Deputy Independent Counsel representing the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in an internal investigation into corruption in the state probation department, resulting in the resignation and criminal conviction of members of the department’s senior leadership.
  • Representing a nuclear power company in petitioning for certiorari and merits briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned a decision by the Second Circuit barring EPA from using cost-benefit analysis in regulating nuclear facilities’ cooling water intake structures.
  • On a pro bono basis, leading challenges brought under the First Amendment to four cities’ bans on charitable solicitation in public, including a trial victory in federal district court and appellate victories in the First and Fourth Circuits.
  • Advising religious entities on issues arising from the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, including the intersection of the First Amendment and federal and state employment and non-discrimination laws.
  • Representing a major U.S. corporation in internal and government investigations into smuggling of its products into the United States from Canada and Mexico, including settlement negotiations with Canadian tax and criminal authorities.
Professional Activities

Mr. Martin is a member of the board of directors of the New England Legal Foundation. He served as a member of an advisory committee formed to assist the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in reforming its Local Rules of Civil Procedure.

Professional Experience

Mr. Martin served as a special assistant district attorney for Middlesex County (MA) from 2004-2005.


Mr. Martin has been named a “Rising Star” for Appellate Litigation in New England by Boston magazine each year from 2011-2014. While attending law school, Mr. Martin served as articles editor for the Columbia Law Review and the Columbia Journal of European Law.



J.D., 1999
Columbia Law School
B.Sc., Foreign Service, 1996
Georgetown University

(magna cum laude)


1999 to 2000 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Honorable Laurence Silberman
2000 to 2001 U.S. Supreme Court, Honorable Antonin Scalia





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