Martin was raised in a small town in southeastern North Carolina, where he worked on his parents’ tobacco farm before going off to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science in 1990, Martin took a year to return to his home county and work in public health education before going to law school at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he graduated in 1995.
Martin practiced commercial litigation and represented insurance companies in Raleigh, North Carolina before moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1999 to pursue an LL.M. in trial advocacy from Temple University School of Law. In Philadelphia, Martin began to represent people who had been injured by the actions of others,