Raymond Martin
Practice Areas
Industries
Representative Clients
  • AT&T
  • Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc. (aka CollegeAmerica)
  • FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • FMC - Regional Trial Counsel
  • Hach Co., a Danaher Company
  • HSS Inc.
  • Marriott Hotel Services
  • MWH Global
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • TAG Restaurant Group
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • University of Northern Colorado

Raymond Martin
 

Ray Martin has represented many of Colorado's largest employers, as well as national Fortune 500 companies, in federal and state courts in the Rocky Mountain region for more than 30 years. The leader of WTO’s employment practice group, Ray is a zealous representative of his clients and takes pride in the open and interactive relationships he develops with both in-house counsel and the management teams whose decisions are challenged in litigation.

Ray was named Best Lawyers 2018 Denver "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law - Management. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is selected as a “Lawyer of the Year.” He was also selected by his peers as a 2018 “Best Lawyer” for labor and employment litigation. “I have met and worked with a small number [of attorneys] who are ‘the best of the best, and Ray Martin is one of them,” a peer told Best Lawyers. “Ray is driven by the details and never misses a fact that impacts the case. He is relentless in his pursuit of the case and is a fearless advocate. He possesses a rare combination of tenacity and pragmatism. With his vast experience, he can cut through the issues to understand and properly value a case.” 

For seven consecutive years, Chambers USA has ranked Ray in Band 1, which consists of the top seven employment lawyers in Colorado. In 2016, Chambers characterized the practice as “An impressive trial boutique that provides quality labor and employment advice to an enviable roster of regional and national clients.” Chambers has recognized Ray as “a renowned litigator whose subject matter expertise in the area is at a very high level. One grateful client enthused that he 'fought for justice and the truth every step of the way.'" 

In 2016, the editorial board of Law Week Colorado named Ray the Barrister's Best Employment Lawyer for Defendants. Ray has twice been listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, which recognizes just four to five Colorado lawyers in its management labor and employment listing each year. He has also been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the top three employment lawyers in Colorado based on voting by practicing attorneys in the state.

Ray is an elected Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed upon no more than five percent of Colorado lawyers for outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession, and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association.

Other Experience

Freeborn & Peters

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Chambers USA
    Labor & Employment - Colorado, 2006-2017
    Ranked Band 1, 2010-2017
The Best Lawyers in America
    Denver Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2018
    Employment Law - Management, 2017-2018
    Labor & Employment Litigation, 2008-2018
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Employment Litigation: Defense, 2006-2017
    Top 100, 2013-2016
Law Week Colorado
   
2016 Barrister's Best Employment Lawyer for Defendants
International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers
    
2010, 2012
Best of the Bar, Denver Business Journal
    Labor & Employment, 2004, Top-Three Finalist
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Bar Foundation
    Fellow
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
    Labor Law Committee
American Bar Association
The Faculty of Federal Advocates

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church
     Former Trustee
Denver Post Charities
    Former Chief Legal Counsel (Pro Bono)

Teaching Positions

National Employment Law Institute
Counsel on Education in Management

Personal Interests

Golf


Ray Martin has built a reputation as a premier employment litigator. He routinely represents Fortune 500 and other sophisticated clients in FLSA, whistleblower, discrimination, EEOC, and trade secret and noncompete lawsuits across a range of highly regulated industries including aviation, telecommunications, and healthcare. Chambers USA has ranked Ray in Band 1 for Employment Litigation in Colorado since 2011.

Representative Cases
Representative Clients
  • AT&T
  • Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc. (aka CollegeAmerica)
  • FedEx Freight, Inc.
  • FMC - Regional Trial Counsel
  • Hach Co., a Danaher Company
  • HSS Inc.
  • Marriott Hotel Services
  • MWH Global
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • TAG Restaurant Group
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • University of Northern Colorado
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Other Experience

Freeborn & Peters

Teaching Positions

National Employment Law Institute
Counsel on Education in Management

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Chambers USA
    Labor & Employment - Colorado, 2006-2017
    Ranked Band 1, 2010-2017
The Best Lawyers in America
    Denver Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2018
    Employment Law - Management, 2017-2018
    Labor & Employment Litigation, 2008-2018
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Employment Litigation: Defense, 2006-2017
    Top 100, 2013-2016
Law Week Colorado
   
2016 Barrister's Best Employment Lawyer for Defendants
International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers
    
2010, 2012
Best of the Bar, Denver Business Journal
    Labor & Employment, 2004, Top-Three Finalist
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Bar Foundation
    Fellow
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
    Labor Law Committee
American Bar Association
The Faculty of Federal Advocates

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church
     Former Trustee
Denver Post Charities
    Former Chief Legal Counsel (Pro Bono)

Personal Interests

Golf

Articles/Presentations
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1977, with honors
    Order of St. Ives
  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, 1974-1975
  • Morningside College, B.A., 1974, Political Science, cum laude
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court