Duly Noted


Martin recognized as Leader in the Law

Rodney D. Martin, the Diversity Partner with Warner Norcross & Judd, has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2013 Leader in the Law.

Martin concentrates his practice on financial institutions, with an emphasis on bank regulatory issues, fair lending, financial privacy and related matters. He chairs the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.

During his tenure as Diversity Partner, Martin:

—Has helped the firm develop a diversity and inclusion program that has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Diversity Visionary Award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Work-
place Flexibility, the Racial Justice Unity Award from Council 354 of the Knights of Peter Claver, and designation as a “Diversity-Focused Company” by Corp! magazine.

—Led Warner Norcross to be one of the first law firms to sign the Michigan Pledge for Diversity and Inclusion adopted by the State Bar of Michigan.

—Was instrumental in establishing the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative and in drafting its five-year action plan., and chairs the Collaborative’s committee on retention.

—Was asked by the State Bar of Michigan to co-chair its Diversity.

—Oversees the Warner Norcross Minority scholarship program that annually awards tuition funding assistance to a minority law school student and a minority paralegal student.

“We are very proud that Rodney has been chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for this honor,” said Managing Partner Douglas E. Wagner.  “Rodney has been a true leader when it comes to developing and executing ideas and diversity programs that ensure we move forward as a firm, a community and a profession. He has been an active volunteer [in making] our community a better place to live and work.”

The Grand Rapids Bar Association gave Martin its 2012 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions in service to the board and executive director.  He has been included in Best Lawyers in America for Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law from 1995-present.