Richard Martin was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 12, 1953. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Montana in 1975. He received his law degree from the University of Montana in 1979.
Since 1985, Richard has limited his law practice to representing only injured workers and accident victims. He is regularly among the top 10 attorneys in Montana in terms of volume of workers’ compensation claims and dollar value of settlements according to the records of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. In 1989, Richard was appointed Co-Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Montana Trials Lawyers Association.
Richard and his wife Toni have five children. The family is active in outdoor recreation, church and school activities, including: soccer, golf, volleyball, basketball, camping, and fishing.
Richard participates in numerous civic activities in Great Falls. He is Director of the Ursuline Center. He served on the Holy Spirit Parish Council and has also served on its school board. Previously, Richard was President of the Great Falls Kiwanis Club. He has been an officer in state and local centennial celebrations and has participated in many events involving the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Richard was also the president of the Cascade County Bar Association in 2006. Recently, he has served on the Red Mass Committee in his Parish.
Richard has been associated with his present partners Wayne Linnell and Norman Newhall since 1979, with Kim Schulke since 1991, and with Stacy Tempel-St. John since 2001. From 1979 until 1989 he served as the City Attorney for Cascade, Montana. He is a member of the Cascade County Bar Association, the State Bar of Montana, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, Workplace Injury Litigation Group, ATLA Workers’ Compensation Section, MTLA Workers’ Compensation Section.
His reported cases include:
- Bernard v. Liberty Northwest Ins. Corp., (2008) 345 Mont. 81, 189 P.3d 1196
(Lump sum conversion of Permanent Total Disability benefits)
- Tinker v. MontanaState Fund, (2009) 351 Mont. 305, 211 P.3d 194
(Acceptance of liability for degenerative hip condition)
- Preston v. Transportation Ins. Co., (2004) 324 Mont. 225, 102 P.3d 527
(Tolling of statue of limitations during mediation)
- Olszweski v. BMC West Corp., (2004) 322 Mont. 192. 94 P.3d 7393
(Attempt to obtain tort remedy for unsafe working conditions)
- Martin v. The Hartford, (2004) 320 Mont. 206, 86 P.3d 569
(Lump sum conversion)
- Thoreson v. Uninsured Employers’ Fund, (2002) 309 Mont. 529, 43 P.3d 983
(Marijuana usage by worker did not preclude benefits)
- Paterson v. Montana Contractor Compensation Fund, (1999) 295 Mont. 120. 983, P.2d 300
(Subsequent non-work injury)
- Wunderlich v. Lumbermens Mut. Cas. Co, (1995) 270 Mont. 404, 892 P.2d 563
(Workers’ comp claim; claim for penalty and attorney fees)
- Eastman v. Transport Ins. Co., (1992) 255 Mont. 262, 843 P.2d 300
(Constitutional challenge to occupational disease law)
- Weaver v. Buttrey Food and Drug, (1992) 255 Mont. 90, 841 P.2d 476
(Work comp benefits)
- Dilling v. Buttrey Foods, (1991) 251 Mont. 286, 825 P.2d 1193
(Work comp benefits)
- Lee v. Group W/ Cable TCI of Montana, (1990) 245 Mont. 292, 800
- Wear v. Buttrey Food Inc., (1988) 234 Mont. 477, 764 P.2d 139
(Definition of injury)
- Gould v. County Market/Super Valu Stores, (1988) 233 Mont. 494, 766 P.2d 213
(Notice of injury)