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Rodney D. Martin

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  • Grand Rapids

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Rodney Martin has counseled financial institutions for more than 40 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. Rodney serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Bankers Association. 


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


  • 1980, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section; Law Practice Management Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (2013-15); Business Law Section, Financial Institutions Committee
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Minority Clerkship Program Committee, Founding Member (1990-92)


  • Advised clients regarding, and obtained approval of, bank and bank holding company mergers, including successfully addressing CRA comments and successfully justifying bank mergers in markets that significantly exceeded the DOJ merger guidelines
  • Represented banks faced with potential memoranda of understanding or cease and desist orders
  • 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
  • Successfully represented banks in investigations by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights regarding allegations of lending discrimination.
  • Represented clients in responding to information security breaches involving consumers in multiple states
  • Represented company in Sarbanes Oxley Whistleblower 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

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law, 1995-Present
  • Selected as a member of the Senior Neighbors 16 Over 60 class, 2019
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Banking & Financial Service Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017-18
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • 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



  • "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

Legacy Matters


Community Affiliations

  • Comprehensive Therapy Center, Inc.
  • Board of Directors (1988-2021)
  • 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
  • Speaker on diversity and inclusion at seminars for business and industry groups
  • "Banking and Insurance Issues," Cannabis Law Seminar - Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • "Cannabis, Hemp and CBD: How to Bank It and How Not to," Michigan Bankers Association Bank Management and Directors Conference, MBA Education Center, October 11, 2019, Lansing, Michigan
  • “Banking Marijuana and Servicing MRBs,” Michigan Bankers Association Webinar, November 14, 2018
  • Panelist, "Critical Issues and Best Practices," Michigan Bank Directors’ College conducted by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, the Michigan Bankers Association and the Community Bankers of Michigan, April 17, 2018, Bath, Michigan
  • 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
  • “Banking Marihuana: What Do We Do with All This Cash?,” Medical Marihuana – Legal Answers to Your Tough Questions webinar, December 4, 2017

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