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Norristown Attorney Donald Martin to Be Installed as 88th Montgomery Bar President

Members of the media encouraged to attend Montgomery County legal community’s most celebrated event, featuring installment of new leaders, community and law enforcement awards, and more. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Norristown, PA - The Montgomery Bar Association’s Annual Business Luncheon Meeting is slated to take place on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Meadowlands Country Club.  The event, scheduled to begin promptly at 12 p.m., is always among our legal community’s largest and most celebrated gatherings and media attendance is strongly encouraged.  This year’s Business Luncheon will include the installment of Donald J. Martin, Esq., an appellate practitioner and consultant to Pennsylvania lawyers who maintains a sole practice in Norristown, as the MBA’s 88th President.


Mr. Martin will receive the ceremonial gavel from outgoing president, the Honorable Carolyn T. Carluccio, the organization’s first sitting judge to serve the top officer position since the association was founded back in 1885. 

The Annual Business Luncheon Meeting will also include the election and installment of new leaders, community and law enforcement awards and more.  Over 300 guests and dignitaries are expected to be on hand, including members of the Bench, law enforcement, leaders from state and neighboring bar associations as well as other public officials and invited guests. Representatives from the Bar Association will be on-hand to assist members of the mediaMembers of the media who wish to attend should contact the MBA Public Relations Department (see contact info on right column).


Donald J. Martin, Esq. has practiced in the fields of civil, criminal and administrative litigation since 1973.  He received his B.A. in 1970 from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Chicago Law School.  Since 1979, Mr. Martin has limited his practice to appellate matters, motions, and providing assistance to other attorneys in the preparation and trial of complex cases.  He served the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas as its law clerk for asbestos litigation beginning in 1981, has been law clerk to all Montgomery County Senior Judges since 1998, and was appointed law clerk for complex litigation in 2002. Mr. Martin continues to serve that Court in those areas as an appointed judicial officer. He is a member of the Montgomery, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, and the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Section.  He served as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association from 1986 to 1989, as its Secretary in 2008, its Treasurer in 2009 its Vice President in 2010 and President-Elect in 2011.  He has been a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association since 2001.  He was Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Martin's series of articles "Preserving Issues for Appeal" has appeared in the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section News, and he is co-author of Chapter 7, "Appeals" in Gerhard, Pennsylvania Medicaid: Nursing Home Care. Beyond Martin’s professional accolades, he has been a long-time champion of the association’s diversity efforts and is popular among members for his quick wit.  


Established in 1885 to professionalize the county’s practice of law, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected bar associations, representing over 2,000 legal professionals in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Now, as then, the MBA exists to uphold legal and ethical standards in our legal community.  As the third largest county bar in Pennsylvania, the MBA has a long standing tradition of service to its membership and the community.   For members, the MBA offers an important arena for networking, professional development and education.  For the community, the MBA serves as a legal resource offering education, legal assistance and funds and resources for individuals and agencies in need.  The Association is actively engaged in public service through community outreach, free educational events offered throughout the year, programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, the Mock Trial Competitions for high-school students, the Liberty and Law Civics Eduction program for sixth graders in the Norristown Area School District, and more.  For more information on the Montgomery Bar Association, visit montgomerybar.org.