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Friday, October 22nd, 2010

A former Justice Department official who was a special Watergate prosecutor and worked on several major cases in the 1960s and 1970s died Thursday at the age of 81, the Associated Press reported.

James F. Neal (Georgetown)

James F. Neal, who held various DOJ posts from 1961 to 1966, died Thursday night at a Nashville hospital.

“He had been suffering the last several months from cancer,” Aubrey Harwell told the AP. Harwell was his partner at Neal & Harwell PLC in Nashville, which they founded in 1971.

Neal was Special Assistant to then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy from 1961 to 1964, handling the successful prosecution of Teamster Union president James Hoffa for jury tampering. He went on to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee from 1964 to 1966.

The former prosecutor worked in private practice for several years after his tenure as U.S. Attorney. But he returned to public service in 1973 to serve as the Chief Trial Counsel of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force until 1974. He successfully prosecuted Richard Nixon administration officials H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Attorney General John Mitchell. He also served as the chief counsel to a special Senate panel the probed the Justice Department’s ABSCAM bribery claims in 1982.

In private practice, Neal successfully defended the Ford Motor Company in the Pinto case, Elvis Presley’s doctor against charges that he gave too many prescription drugs to the singer and the Exxon Corporation in the Exxon Valdez Alaskan oil spill case.

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Friday, July 9th, 2010

U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell administers the oath of office to U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin of the Middle District of Tennessee. (DOJ)

U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin of the Middle District of Tennessee was sworn in Thursday at a packed Nashville federal courthouse before about 200 friends, family and dignitaries.

U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell administered the oath of office, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Nashville lawyer George Barrett all spoke at the ceremonial investiture.

Cooper, who recommended Martin for U.S. Attorney, said the prosecutor is “truly outstanding,” according to the Nashville City Paper. Barrett, who worked with Martin at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley LLC, said the U.S. Attorney “has wisdom beyond his age and knowledge far beyond his education,” according to the newspaper.

Barrett, Cooper and Alexander also praised former U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough, who stepped down in May.

“[He] stepped aside from his law practice at the peak of his career and came into this office, one of the most important in our state. He composed himself with integrity and dignity and professionalism,” Alexander said. He added: “We owe Ed Yarbrough a lot.”

Martin, who was official sworn in May 21, said he would “dispassionately” combat white-collar crimes including, corruption and environmental crimes.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

The Senate confirmed by voice vote the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Wednesday night.

Jerry E. Martin was nominated on March 25 to replace President George W. Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough. He is a partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley. Read more about Martin here.

The Senate now confirmed 48 of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees. The body has yet to consider another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys who are waiting for votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Ed Yarbrough (DOJ)

Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough will return to the private sector upon the appointment of President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the office, NashvillePost.com reported Friday.

Yarbrough, who has led the Nashville-based U.S. Attorney’s office since 2007, will join Nashville law firm Walker, Tipps & Malone PLC. He spent more than 30 years at Nashville law firm Hollins, Wagster & Yarbrough PC (now Hollins, Raybin & Weissman PC) before becoming U.S. Attorney.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney nominee Jerry E. Martin on Thursday. Martin, who was nominated on March 25, is a partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley.

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote the nominee to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee at its meeting Thursday.

Jerry E. Martin was nominated on March 25 to replace President George W. Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough. He is a partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley. Read more about Martin here.

The committee has approved 48 of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 47 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to consider the nominee to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee at its meeting Thursday.

Jerry E. Martin was nominated on March 25 to replace Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough. He is a partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley.  Read more about Martin here.

The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The committee has approved 47 of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 45 of whom have won Senate confirmation.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

President Barack Obama didn’t nominate a showboating, grandstanding ham when he tapped his nominee for the Middle District of Tennessee, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) told The Tennessean in a story published Sunday.

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

Jerry Martin, who was tapped March 25, is a “very quiet, down-to-earth guy,” Cooper told the newspaper. The U.S. Attorney nominee, 36, is a partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley and a former Cooper campaign staffer. Read more about him here.

“He’s a great up-and-coming attorney,” Cooper said. “But he’s not loud. He’s not showy. He’s just a Regular Joe.”

Though he is considered quiet, Martin has found himself in the spotlight before.  He won oratory competitions as a teenager and President George H.W. Bush named him as one of the country’s “thousand points of light” at age 17 for putting up 1,000 birdhouses to help the environment.

Lawyers interviewed by the Nashville newspaper noted Martin’s hardworking mentality, which has come out in his work on complex civil cases. But there will be a learning curve for the U.S. Attorney nominee if the Senate approves his posting in Nashville: except for a summer working at the state attorney general’s office during law school, Martin, a former associate editor of the Stanford Law Review, doesn’t have prosecutorial experience or practice with criminal cases.

“(Martin’s) academic credentials are very impressive, and he has participated in the types of complex litigation that should serve him well as U.S. Attorney,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who specializes in judicial selections.

Martin would replace George W. Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough, who has served since 2007. The current U.S. Attorney told The Tennessean that Martin is a “very bright young man.”

“I knew that it would happen eventually,” Yarbrough said of his replacement. “I have let [Martin] know that I will do all that I can to help him transition into this position.”

The U.S. Attorney nominee declined to comment to The Tennessean.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

Jerry E. Martin (Dartmouth College, Stanford Law School) is nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. He would replace Bush holdover Edward M. Yarbrough, who has led the office since October 2007.

Martin’s vitals:

  • Born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1974.
  • Attended the University College Galway in Galway, Ireland, during the fall of 1994.
  • Has worked at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley in Nashville since November 2003, as an associate from 2003 to 2007 and as a partner since 2007.
  • Was an investor in the Creative Restaurant Group, LLC in Nashville from 2002 to 2006.
  • Worked as an associate in the litigation department of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville from August 2000 to November 2003.
  • In 2002, he was finance director of the congressional campaign of Democrat Jim Cooper. Earlier, in 1994, while still in college, he worked on Cooper’s U.S. Senate campaign.
  • Was an associate in the litigation department of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in Nashville from September 1999 to August 2000.
  • Worked as a researcher at Cornerstone Research in Menlo Park, Calif., during the spring of 1999.
  • Analyzed legislation for former Rep. Robert Clement (D-Tenn.) in Washington, D.C., during the fall of 1998.
  • Was a summer associate at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in 1998.
  • Clerked in the Tennessee attorney general’s office in Nashville during the summer of 1998.
  • Clerked for Legal Aid of East Tennessee in Knoxville during the summer of 1997.
  • Did administrative work for the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 1996.
  • Served as an associate editor for Stanford Law Review from 1997 to 1999.
  • Has served as lead counsel in one class action jury trial in federal court. Has tried two class action bench trials in federal court in which he played “a significant role.” Has assisted in one class action jury trial in federal court. Has tried four other individual actions in either state or federal court, on two of which he served as lead counsel and the other two in a “supporting, but significant, role.”

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure, Martin reported earning $749,000 from Barrett, Johnston & Parsley from January 2009 to February 2010.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Martin reported assets valued at $904,100, mostly from  his personal residence, and $417,000 in liabilities from a mortgage he has from his real estate, for a net worth of $487,100.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

President Barack Obama nominated two lawyers in private practice and an Assistant U.S. Attorney to serve as U.S. Attorneys, the White House announced Thursday.

They are:

Melinda Haag (Orrick)

- Melinda Haag (Northern District of California): The partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe would replace George W. Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. Read more about her here.

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

- Jerry Martin (Middle District of Tennessee): The partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley would replace Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough. Read more about Martin here.

- James A. Lewis (Central District of Illinois): The Central District of Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Rodger A. Heaton, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last August. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Jeffrey B. Lang. Read more about Lewis here.

Obama has now made 60 U.S. Attorney nominations, 36 of whom have already won Senate confirmation. There are 93 Attorneys, who lead 94 offices across the country.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

A Nashville, Tenn., lawyer is the frontrunner for the Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney nomination, an individual with knowledge of the nomination process told Main Justice Monday.

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

Jerry Martin, a partner at Nashville law firm Barrett, Johnston & Parsley, is currently undergoing an FBI background check, the individual said. The background check is typically the last hurdle for a U.S. Attorney candidate before nomination.

Martin handles complex litigation, including collective and class action lawsuits. He has also served as a delegate in the 2008 Democratic National Convention and as the finance director to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) Read more about him here.

The Nashville lawyer declined to comment to Main Justice.

If confirmed, Martin would succeed Ed Yarbrough, who has served as U.S. Attorney since October 2007.