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March 22, 2011 9:59 PM

Howrey Refugee Billy Martin Lands at Dorsey & Whitney

Posted by Brian Baxter

William "Billy" Martin, the high-profile litigator who has represented infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, is joining Dorsey & Whitney's trial practice in Washington, D.C.

The National Law Journal, a sibling publication, first reported on the move, which was announced by Dorsey on Tuesday. Martin joins Dorsey after the dissolution on March 15 of his previous firm, Howrey.

Martin initially joined Howrey in May 2009 from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Former Howrey managing partner and CEO Robert Ruyak touted Howrey's strengths when he watched a Georgetown college basketball game with Martin that year, according to this story from The NLJ.

Martin, a former federal prosecutor, is known for his representation of prominent professional athletes. He advised Vick when the NFL quarterback pleaded guilty to dogfighting charges in August 2007, which resulted in a 23-month prison sentence. Other athlete clients have included NBA players Jayson Williams, Allen Iverson, Rod Strickland, and Juwan Howard, as well as boxer Riddick Bowe.

Martin, who is married to NPR and ABC News correspondent Michel Martin, also has represented the parents of murdered congressional intern Chandra Levy and former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell. The NLJ notes that Martin currently represents former Prince George's County chief executive Jack Johnson, Jr., who entered a not guilty plea last week to federal corruption charges.

Since the last round of mass Howrey hires on Friday, six of Martin's former colleagues at the firm have found new homes. The Am Law Daily notes the latest lateral moves to Baker Botts, Dewey & LeBoeuf, and Fulbright & Jaworski in a recent edition of The Churn. The American Lawyer's Howrey Scorecard has the complete breakdown on the whereabouts of the firm's former partners.

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