Martin A. Conn
100 Shockoe Slip, 4th Floor,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 864-4804
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

Martin A. Conn

President and Shareholder
Martin A. Conn
100 Shockoe Slip, 4th Floor,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 864-4804
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

Martin A. Conn is the firm’s president, managing day-to-day business, in addition to maintaining a robust complex litigation practice.  Marty concentrates his practice on product liability defense, toxic tort and asbestos defense, both locally and in a national coordination capacity, and commercial/business litigation representing local and foreign corporate and individual clients.

Marty specializes in defending product designers, manufacturers and sellers against serious personal injury claims arising out of alleged product defects.  He has defended automotive and truck manufacturers and part suppliers, including most of the major tire manufacturers, bicycle and motorcycle manufacturers, agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers, and manufacturers of a variety of industrial and consumer products.

Complementing his product liability specialty, Marty has represented both product manufacturers and premises owners in the ever evolving toxic tort and asbestos litigation in Virginia and throughout the country.  He serves as national trial and discovery counsel for a multi-national heavy equipment manufacturer, and further represents product manufacturers and sellers in the automotive parts and friction industries, as well as other industrial product manufacturers.

In addition to successfully defending clients in Virginia, Marty is licensed in Maryland.  Moreover, he has represented corporate defendants in both state and federal courts throughout the country, having appeared in over half of the states from coast to coast.

Marty is an AV-rated litigator, who frequently has been recognized for his accomplishments and integrity by his peers by being named consistently “Legal Elite” in Virginia Business magazine and in Virginia Super Lawyers magazine for Personal Injury Defense: Products.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants and has been recognized as a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Conn is an active member of the Product Liability Advisor Counsel (“PLAC”) and has held various positions over the years with the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (“VADA”), including Chair of the Product Liability Committee, Board Member, and as the Virginia DRI State Representative.

Outside of his law practice, Marty has served on the Board of Richmond Little League since 2011, and as president of the Board for the past three years.  During his presidency, Richmond Little League has expanded to offer girls’ softball as well as bringing three new fields on line for the kids, and he also coaches several teams each year.  Marty is also a board member at Willow Oaks Country Club, serving for the past five years as its membership chairman.  Marty recently joined the Board of independent radio station WNRN, and has entered the Congregation Beth Ahabah Leadership Program.  When he is not working or coaching youth sports, Marty enjoys playing golf, spending time at home, and traveling with his wife and three children.

Areas of Practice:

  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Torts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Bar Admissions

      • Virginia, 1995
      • Maryland, 2009
      • U.S. District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

      • Product Liability Advisory Council
      • Defense Research Institute
      • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
        • Board of Directors, 2010 – Present
        • Chair, Product Liability Section, 2004 – 2005
        • DRI State Representative, 2014 – 2017
      • Bar Association of the County of Henrico
        • Board of Directors, 2009 – 2014
      • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Education

      • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1995
        Honors: with distinction
        Law Review: Emory Law Journal
      • University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce,
        Charlottesville, Virginia, 1992 B.S.
  • Published Works

      • Admissible and Effective Uses of Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Evidence, Journal of Civil Litigation, Vol. XIV, No. 4, 2003
      • Alternative Fee Arrangements, Brussels Bar Journal, May 2008
  • Representative Cases

      • Colbert v. Norcold  (2016).  Obtained summary judgment for a  manufacturer of recreational vehicle refrigerators. Case finding was that “Fireman’s Rule” applies to product liability claims under Virginia law.  Successfully argued plaintiff’s appeal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. https://valawyersweekly.com/2017/04/11/recovery-barred-under-firemans-rule/
      • Johnson v. Southern States (2014). Demurrer sustained and upheld on appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court dismissing novel spoliation of evidence claim regarding the loss of the space heater at issue. https://valawyersweekly.com/2016/02/18/judge-rejects-action-for-spoliation-of-evidence/
      • Jacqueline K. Downing v. UCS, Inc. (U.S. Dist. E.D. Va., 2013)
      • Errol P. Hoilett, et al. v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, et al., (Newport News Circuit Court, 2010)
      • Massey v. Rudimex, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1882 (U. S. Dist. E.D. Va., 2006)
      • Payne v. Bolton, Jury verdict (Albemarle County Circuit Court, 2005)
      • Ault v. Pilot Corporation, Jury verdict (Caroline County Circuit Court, 2004)
      • Anderson v. Schwartz, No. 22609/97 (Supreme Court Queens County, NY, 1998)
  • Classes/Seminars Taught

      • Overcoming Evidentiary Hurdles: Admissible and Effective Use of Accident Reconstruction and Biomechanical Evidence, Presented to the Products Liability Section at the VADA Annual Meeting, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, October 4, 2002
      • Current Supreme Court Issues and Resulting Motions Practice, Moderator for Judicial Panel at the VADA 40th Anniversary Meeting, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, 2008
  • Honors and Awards

      • Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law, 2018
      • Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite
      • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 – 2019
      • Virginia Super Lawyers, “Personal Injury Defense: Products” 2011 – Present
      • Virginia Super Lawyers, “Rising Star” 2010
      • Martindale Hubbell, AV-rated
  • Past Employment Positions

      • McGuireWoods, Associate, 1995 – 2001
Martin A. Conn
100 Shockoe Slip, 4th Floor,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

(804) 864-4804
(804) 421-6251 (fax)

  • Moran Reeves Conn - Super Lawyers

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