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Feb 2013
February 19, 2013

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Recognizes Rodney D. Martin as Leader in the Law

Rodney D. Martin, the Diversity Partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2013 Leaders 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 at, 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 Workplace Flexibility, the Racial Justice Unity Award from Council 354 of the Knights of Peter Claver, the largest predominantly African-American organization within the Catholic Church, 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. In addition, Martin chairs the Collaborative’s committee on retention.
  • Was asked by the State Bar of Michigan to co-chair its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, charged with responsibility to advise the State Bar of Michigan leadership about initiatives to promote inclusion within the legal profession.
  • Oversees the Warner Norcross Minority scholarship program that annually awards tuition funding assistance to a minority law school student and a minority paralegal student. To date, the firm has assisted almost 60 students with close to $125,000 in funding.
“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, engaged in organizations that make our community a better place to live and work.”

Martin serves on the Inclusion Advisory Council of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board of BL2END.   He serves as facilitator for the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, which is an initiative of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, or GRBA.  GRBA gave Martin its 2012 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions in service to the board of trustees, executive committee 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.

Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association.
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