Jean Sutton Martin. For more than 20 years, Ms. Martin has concentrated her practice on complex litigation, including consumer protection and defective products class action. She has served in leadership positions in many consumer class actions and consolidated proceedings in federal courts around the country, including inter alia: In re Brinker Data Incident Litigation, No. 18-cv-686 (M.D. Fla.) (interim co-lead counsel); Gordon, et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 17-cv-01415 (D. Colo.) (data breach) (co-lead counsel)(preliminary approval granted); In re: Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, No. 17-md-2775 (D. Md.) (defective hip implant) (member of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and bellwether trial team) Linnins v. HAECO Americas, Inc., et al., No. 16-cv-486 (M.D.N.C.) (employee data disclosure) (co-lead counsel); Torres v. Wendy’s International, LLC, No. 6:16-cv-210 (M.D. Fla.) (data breach) (class counsel); Fuentes, et al. v. UniRush, LLC, et al., No. 1:15-cv-08372 (S.D.N.Y.) (disruption in servicing of financial accounts) (co-lead counsel); Lewis, et al., v. Green Dot Corp., et al., No. 2:16-cv-03557 (C.D. Cal.) (disruption in servicing of financial accounts) (class counsel); Brady, et al. v. Due North Holdings, LLC, et al., No. 1:17-cv-01313 (S.D. Ind.) (employee data disclosure) (class counsel); Foreman v. Solera Holdings, Inc., No. 6:17-cv-02002 (M.D. Fla.) (employee data disclosure) (class counsel); In Re: Outer Banks Power Outage Litigation, No. 4:17-cv-141 (E.D.N.C.) (extended island power outage due to defective construction practices) (class counsel); and, McCoy v. North State Aviation, LLC, et al., No. 17-cv-346 (M.D.N.C.) (WARN Act violations) (class counsel).
Ms. Martin received her Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wake Forest Law Review. She obtained eDiscovery certification from the eDiscovery Training Academy at Georgetown Law Center in 2017. Ms. Martin graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics in 1989. She earned a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina in 1991. She interned with the sales finance team of Digital Equipment Company in Munich, Germany and was tasked with compiling the sales figures for European operations as well as determining sales forecasts and pricing models for sales to universities and other educational institutions for the company’s expansion into the Eastern European market after the fall of the Berlin wall. Before heading back to law school, Ms. Martin worked as a marketing manager for an international candy manufacturer where her responsibilities included product development, brand licensing, market research, and sales analysis.
Ms. Martin has been honored with the prestigious “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2015, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a prestigious trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. For upholding the highest principles of the legal profession and for outstanding dedication to the welfare of others, Ms. Martin has also been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary legal organization whose membership is limited to one third of one percent of lawyers in each state.
In 2016, Ms. Martin was selected by her peers as the foremost Litigation attorney in the State of North Carolina for Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite, gaining membership in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Since 2012, she has been selected to the Super Lawyers list for North Carolina in the areas of mass torts and class actions, with selection to the Top 50 Women North Carolina list since 2014. Additionally, Ms. Martin has been named by National Trial Lawyers to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top 50 Class Action Lawyers, and Top 50 Mass Torts Lawyers for North Carolina.
Ms. Martin is a member of the North Carolina bar, having been admitted in 1998. She is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, and the United States District Court of Colorado.
Morgan & Morgan is a leading civil trial law firm representing consumers and commercial clients nationwide. With over 500 lawyers, and more than 2,000 non-lawyer employees, Morgan & Morgan is the largest c in the state of Florida and one of the largest in the nation. Morgan & Morgan maintains offices 40 offices in 11 states including Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
Morgan & Morgan has a dedicated Complex Litigation Group staffed with lawyers, paralegals, and retired FBI agents serving as investigators committed to representing consumers in complex litigation, MDL proceedings and class action cases throughout the country. The Complex Litigation Group has lead and/or been significantly involved in some of the largest data breach cases in the country, achieving many remarkable results, including: In re Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Sec. Breach Litig., 16-md-02752-LHK (N.D. Cal.); In Re: Equifax, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, 1:17-md-2800-TWT (N.D. Ga.); In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2522 (D. Minn.); In re The Home Depot, Inc. Customer Data Security Data Breach Litigation, No. 1:14-md-02583-TWT (N.D. Ga.); In re: Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Data Security Litigation, Nos. 1:17-cv-514 and 1:17-cv-1035 (N.D. Ga.).