U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin of the Middle District of Tennessee is stepping down to join a top plaintiffs law firm specializing in representing whistleblowers.
Martin, who took office in 2010, will join the Whistleblower Practice Group and Health-Care Fraud Task Force in the Nashville office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP.
Lanny Breuer, former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, worked closely with Martin on a number of cases and praised him “as one of the nation’s top prosecutors.”
Breuer noted that Martin “made a name for himself pursuing whistleblower claims,” adding: “I know with the resources of Robbins Geller behind him, he’ll be a significant force in that field in private practice.”
As a U.S. Attorney, Martin has also worked closely with Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, nominated by President Barack Obama to become Secretary of Labor.
Martin took a leading role in the prosecution of a Texas man for threatening to bomb an Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 2011. Martin announced the indictment at the mosque construction site, which had been the subject of previous attacks.
Martin has also made pursuing health-care fraud a priority in his district and served as co-chairman of the Attorney General’s Health-Care Fraud Working Group.
Martin replaced former U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough, who stepped down in May 2010.
[Editor's note: This story is developing]
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