Martin, David P. Esq.

2117 Jack Warner Parkway Suite 1Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Updated: 04/01/2015


David P. Martin is a 1992 Graduate of the University of Alabama School Of Law. He graduated with honors in the top ten percent of his class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He was also honored as a Hugo Black Scholar and served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Legal Profession, an ethics publication for lawyers. David previously graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

David is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Tuscaloosa...


Office Info

Frequent Case Types

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Practice Areas

  • ERISA Claims and Litigation
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Life Insurance
  • COBRA Claims
  • ERISA Class Actions
  • Overpayment Claims and Subrogation
  • Long-term Disability Claims
  • Pension and Retirement Claims


  • 75%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior and Managing Attorney, since January 1, 2007


Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Other Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar (Member)
  • Tuscaloosa County Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Alabama Association for Justice (Member)
  • Tuscaloosa County (President, Board for Focus on Senior Citizens)
  • Alabama Lawyer (Board of Editors)
  • Alabama State Bar Task Force (Chair)


  • One of the Top Attorneys in Alabama in the Area of Employee Benefits/ERISA Law, Alabama Superlawyers Magazine

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter, "Representing Plaintiffs in Health Care Claims," Birmingham Bar, 2012
  • Presenter, ERISA Litigation Practical Advice for a New Practice, Georgia State Bar Employee Benefits Law Section for the Seminar, 2011
  • Presenter, Subrogation Claims: Views from the Plaintiff and Defense Bars, Continuing Legal Education Presentation, 2011
  • Presenter, "Discretionary Clauses in Alabama: The History and Present Litigation," Birmingham, AL , 2010
  • Panel Discussion, Sticky and Ethical ERISA Issues, 2010
  • Host and Presenter of the ERISA Litigator's Group Seminar, Plaintiff and Defense Attorney's Birmingham, AL, 2010
  • Television Appearance on Law Call- Employment Law issues, One-Half Hour Program at Television Station WVUA, 2010
  • Presenter, "Spotting ERISA and other Employee Benefit Cases," , Worker's Compensation Law Seminar, Birmingham, AL, 2010
  • Presenter, "ERISA/Subrogation Issues." , Workers' Compensation Law Seminar, 2009
  • Presenter, "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About... ERISA.", Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, 2008
  • Television Appearance on Law Call- Losing Your Employee Benefits, One Half Hour Program on Television Station WVUA, 2008
  • Presenter, Workers' Compensation from the Plaintiff's Perspective - Portion of Seminar Dedicated to ERISA, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Presenter, "Handling the Automobile Injury Claim in Alabama.", National Business Institute, 2004
  • Presenter, "Damages in Alabama Civil Trial Practice.", National Business Institute, 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Church in the Tuscaloosa County Area
  • Volunteer Lawyer's Program for the Alabama State Bar
  • Disaster Relief Projects for the Alabama Association for Justice
  • FOCUS on Senior Citizens, President of Board

Past Positions

  • McElvy & Ford, P.C. - Ford Martin & Abernathy, P.C., Clerk, Associate and then Shareholder, May 1, 1990 - December 31, 2006


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1992
    Honors: Hugo Black Scholar
    Honors: With Honors in the Top 10% of his Class
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Journal: The Journal of the Legal Profession, Board of Editors
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake, 1987
    Honors: magna cum laude


Other Sources of Feedback About David P. Martin

Included on the 2017Mid-South list

Past Lists

  • 2016Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2008Alabama Super Lawyers list

View the profile for David P. Martin on Super Lawyers


  • One of the Top Attorneys in Alabama in the Area of Employee Benefits/ERISA Law, Alabama Superlawyers Magazine

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Office Information


2117 Jack Warner Parkway Suite 1Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


  • 205-343-1781


Offers Free Initial Consultation


Office Hours

8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.- available at other times by appointment



  • Taking Benefits Back: Reimbursement under ERISA, 69 Alabama Lawyer 1, January, 2008
  • "Obtaining Neuropsychological Test Date: Why Is This So Hard", (Co-Author), 68 Alabama Lawyer 216, May, 2007
  • "Unraveling ERISA Civil Penalties", (Co-Author), 68 Alabama Lawyer 2, March, 2007
  • "Let Go of the Peanuts", Alabama State Bar Addendum, August, 2006
  • "The Subtle Snake: Long Term Disability Under ERISA", 66 Alabama Lawyer 279, July 5, 2005
  • "Overcoming Disadvantages in Proving Medical Damages in Personal Injury Cases", 23, Number 2 Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal 27, Spring, 2003
  • "Overcoming Deposition Jitters", Alabama State Bar Addendum, February, 2003
  • "Take Another Good Look at Those ERISA Cases", Alabama State Bar Addendum, Volume 7, Number 5, August, 2002
  • "File Retention Nightmares in the Small Firm", Alabama State Bar Addendum, Volume 7, Number 3, April, 2002
  • Editor, Manual for Mediation for the Alabama Task Force on Mediation, 1996
  • "The Birth of Jim Crow in Alabama 1865-1896", The National Black Law Journal, 184, Volume 13, Numbers 1 & 2, 1993
  • "The Metamorphosis of Contributory Negligence to Assumption of Risk in AEMLD Cases", 12, Number 4, Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal 20, Fall, 1992
  • "Communication with Unrepresented Potentially Adverse Persons", Volume 16 The Journal of the Legal Profession 251, 1991

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