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Raymond W. Martin


P. 303.244.1863 | F. 303.244.1879
"A leading light in labor and employment litigation."
—Chambers USA


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 2010.

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.

For 12 consecutive years, Chambers USA has ranked Ray in Band 1 in Colorado for Employment Litigation, which currently consists of the top three employment litigators in Colorado. In 2018, Chambers wrote, "Raymond Martin is a leading light in the area of labor and employment litigation. He is described as 'a phenomenal lawyer' and is widely lauded for his ability to collaborate with opposing counsel, as well as for his deep expertise. A source states: 'He has tremendous tactical and strategic instincts that transcend his expertise and experience in labor and employment matters.'"

Best Lawyers named Ray the 2022 Denver "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Labor and Employment. The guide had previously named him the 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.” 

“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.” 

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.


Publications & Speaking Engagements

Other Experience

Freeborn & Peters

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Chambers USA
    Labor & Employment - Colorado, 2006-2021
    Ranked Band 1, 2010-2021
The Best Lawyers in America
Denver Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2022
    Denver Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2018
    Employment Law - Management, 2017-2022
    Labor & Employment Litigation, 2008-2022
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Employment Litigation: Defense, 2006-2021
    Top 100, 2013-2016, 2018-2020
Law Week Colorado
2016 Barrister's Best Employment Lawyer for Defendants
International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers
2010, 2012
Benchmark Litigation
Labor & Employment Star, 2020, 2022
    Local Litigation Star, 2020, 2022
Best of the Bar, Denver Business Journal
    Labor & Employment, 2004, Top-Three Finalist
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Colorado Bar Foundation
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


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