Rodney D. Martin

Partner | rmartin@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT +1.616.752.2138F +1.616.222.2138 Rodney Martin has counseled financial institutions for more than 30 years on banking and consumer compliance issues. He regularly advises clients regarding bank regulatory issues involving mergers, acquisitions and the expansion of banking activities, as well as fair lending, financial privacy, Bank Secrecy Act and other compliance matters. He is chair of the firm's Financial Services Group. In addition, he is the firm's Diversity Partner and co... Read More

Rodney Martin has counseled financial institutions for more than 30 years on banking and consumer compliance issues. He regularly advises clients regarding bank regulatory issues involving mergers, acquisitions and the expansion of banking activities, as well as fair lending, financial privacy, Bank Secrecy Act and other compliance matters. He is chair of the firm's Financial Services Group. In addition, he is the firm's Diversity Partner and co-chairs the firm's Inclusion Committee.

  • Experience
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  • Publications
  • Leadership
  • Speaking Engagements

Experience

  • Represented bank in landmark settlement of lawsuit by the United States Department of Justice alleging redlining in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Fair Housing Act
  • Represented numerous banks before federal bank regulatory agencies against claims of lending discrimination resulting in conclusion that no discriminatory practices had occurred and no referral to the Department of Justice was necessary
  • Represented clients in responding to information security breaches involving consumers in multiple states
  • Represented company in Sarbanes Oxley Whistle-blower investigation by the Department of Labor resulting in a dismissal of the complaint
  • Represented the Michigan Bankers Association in connection with its consumer forms program
  • Conducted investigation of complicated embezzlement scheme by senior bank officer resulting in successful criminal prosecution

Industries

Practices

Education

  • University of Michigan J.D. 1980 magna cum laude
  • Kalamazoo College B.A. 1976 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 1980, Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law, 1995-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a 2013 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Recipient of the Grand Rapids Bar Association 2012 President's Award for effort to increase diversity and inclusion in the Bar
  • Recipient of the 2012 William Glenn Trailblazer Award, presented to members of the Rosa Parks Sculpture Committee
  • Managing and Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review, Volumes 78 and 77, 1979-80
  • Recipient, Jason L. Honigman Award, 1980; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section; Law Practice Management Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee; Business Law Section, Financial Institutions Committee
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Minority Clerkship Program Committee, Founding Member (1990-92)

Publications

  • "GLB Privacy Notices in Retail Installment Transactions," in Michigan Banker
  • “Plain English in Michigan Bankers Association Forms,” Michigan Bar Journal
  • “The Applicability of Gramm-Leach-Bliley's Privacy Requirements to ‘Non-Financial Financial Institutions,’” in The Michigan Business Law Journal
  • Principal Author, Michigan Lending Manual, published by the Michigan Bankers Association

Blog Posts

Community Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • BL2END Advisory Council
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
    Cultural Diversity Council
  • Multiracial Association of Professionals
  • Comprehensive Therapy Center, Inc.
    President of the Board
  • Economic Club of Grand Rapids
  • Inforum
    DiversityNEXT Steering Committee (2013-Present)
  • Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council
    Kent District Program Chair (2002-06)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker at numerous seminars for bankers and other financial institutions on consumer regulation, fair lending, credit reform, and privacy
  • Co-producer of Ethics in View on West Michigan Public Television. Wrote and produced seven, hour-long programs: “Ethics and the Media,” “Ethics in Political Campaigns,” “The Ethics of Life and Death,” “Ethics and the Environment,” “Ethics in the Workplace,” “To Tell the Truth,” and “Ethics in Education.” The series received the Wade F. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice from the State Bar of Michigan

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