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Carrington Coleman joins the Martin family in mourning the passing of John Andrew Martin, a member of the firm since its beginning in 1970.  John officially retired in 2014 but continued to be a trusted advisor, mentor, and dear friend to the firm until a move earlier this year to be closer to family.

“I was fortunate to have John as my supervising partner when I joined the firm. John embraced the joy of practicing law,” said Bruce Collins, Managing Partner of Carrington Coleman. “He contributed his considerable skills and talents not only to the firm but to the Dallas community at large.”

Mr. Martin earned his law degree at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude in 1962. He earned his undergraduate degree at Birmingham-Southern in Alabama.  Prior to joining Carrington Coleman, John was an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.  In that role, he was at the forefront of the civil rights struggles in the South in the early ’60s.

Although John was from Alabama, he was committed to Dallas.  He was on the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Independent School District and served as president from 1981-1982.  He was also a long-time Board Member and a Board Chair for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. For his dedication to Dallas, he received the Justinian Award in 2003.  The award was the most esteemed honor presented to an attorney by the Dallas Lawyers’ Auxiliary, from 1983-2013, in recognition of long-standing dedication to volunteer service benefiting the community of Dallas.

Services for Mr. Martin will be held on November 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

Click to read John’s obituary.


Carrington Coleman has been recognized for its legal expertise and quality of law practice by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. For 2020, the Firm is ranked nationally in 5 areas and in 21 areas for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Sixteen Carrington Coleman attorneys were recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

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Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation – Securities

METROPOLITAN TIER 1 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Real Estate Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Family Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patent
Litigation – Securities

METROPOLITAN TIER 3 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Environmental Law
Trusts & Estates Law

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Carrington Coleman is proud to announce our 12 attorneys selected as 2019 Texas Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Carrington Coleman attorneys were recognized in 8 different practice groups.

Monica Latin, Managing Partner-Elect, and Litigation Practice Group Leader was also named to the Top 50: 2019 Women Texas Super Lawyers list.

Our attorneys named to the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers and their practice area of recognition include:


A total of 16 Carrington Coleman attorneys, representing 23 unique practice areas, have been recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and among the most respected peer-review attorney guides in the country.

Managing Partner Bruce Collins earned special recognition as the Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Lawyer of the Year for Dallas. This distinction is reserved for the attorney earning the highest ranking during peer-review assessment.

“With peer input playing such a large role in selections, earning a place on The Best Lawyers in America listing is always an honor,” said Managing Partner-elect Monica Latin. “We are particularly proud of, but not surprised by, Bruce’s recognition as a Lawyer of the Year. Those who work with him have always looked at him as a leader. Now it is official.”

The Carrington Coleman attorneys selected to the Best Lawyers in America guide and their practice areas include:

Cathy Altman – Construction Law and Construction Litigation
Mike Birrer – Employment Law, Individuals and Management
Lyndon Bittle – Appellate
Robert Botts Jr. – Trusts and Estates, Commercial Litigation
Corbet F. Bryant, Jr. – Commercial Litigation
Ken Carroll – Appellate, Commercial Litigation
Jim Coleman – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law Defendants and Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation Defendants
Bruce Collins – Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
David Drumm – Real Estate Law
Carmen Eiker – Family Law
Mark C. Howland – Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation
Charles Jordan – Environmental Law, Real Estate Law
Monica Latin – Commercial Litigation, Appellate
Bret Madole – Business Organization (including LLCs and Partnerships)
J. Michael Sutherland – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization
Jim Watson – Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

The Best Lawyers in America selection is based on outside nominations from attorneys, corporate leaders, and the general public. Comprehensive review includes lawyers within the same geographical region who share a practice focus. Final selections are made by the Best Lawyers research team and represent the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States.


Litigator Jason Katz has joined the Carrington Coleman as a partner, bolstering the firm’s Litigation & Insolvency practice groups.

“We are very pleased to welcome a lawyer as accomplished as Jason to our firm,” said Carrington Coleman Managing Partner Bruce Collins. “His broad range of experience will complement our existing litigation and bankruptcy practices and enable us to expand the work we are doing.”

Mr. Katz joins the firm from Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley & Urbach. He represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings and a diverse range of complex business litigation matters in federal and state courts.

He has represented debtors and creditors in a number of high-profile bankruptcy cases, including Chapter 11 reorganizations, complicated judgment collection cases and receivership proceedings. He has worked with banks to resolve various matters such as loan modifications and workouts, fraud and deficiency actions, foreclosures of security interests in both real and personal property, and perfecting security interests. He also represents corporate clients in breach of contract cases, employment disputes, construction litigation, agency disputes and fraud claims.

His practice includes:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation/Corporate and Partnership Litigation
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Bankruptcy, Receivership & Insolvency

To learn more about Mr. Katz, visit his bio.

His work has earned him recognition in the Texas Rising Stars edition of Super Lawyers Magazine and an AV Preeminent ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, he was an associate editor of the Arkansas Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court Traveling Team. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.