Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorney Rodney D. Martin has been recognized by the Comprehensive Therapy Center as one of three 2022 Legacy Award winners.
Since 1982, Comprehensive Therapy Center has helped neurodiverse children get the therapy they need to walk, talk, learn and play. The nonprofit uses a holistic, play-based approach that includes resources and activities for families to feel confident and involved in all areas of their child’s growth.
Martin served CTC for over 25 years as a member of its board, including more than 20 years as president. As board president, he helped lead the organization through growth and success, positively impacting countless individuals with disabilities and their loved ones. He also inspired both of his children to serve as volunteers in CTC’s Therapy and Fun program and later work for the nonprofit while in college.
Active in the community, Martin also is a past program chair for Boy Scouts of America, Gerald R. Ford Council, and Youth Development, Inc., a nonprofit experiential learning program for students in East Grand Rapids Public Schools.
At Warner, 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, the Bank Secrecy Act and other compliance matters.
In addition to his professional work and dedication to the law, Martin has committed much of his life to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. He led Warner’s diversity, equity and inclusion program for 13 years, leading changes in the firm’s recruitment of women and attorneys of color, which resulted in a significant increase of women in firm leadership roles and a strengthened focus on the benefits of an inclusive workplace.
Martin has served as a member and board member to numerous diversity initiatives, such as the BL²END Advisory Council, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Diversity Council, Multiracial Association of Professionals and Inforum Diversity NEXT Steering Committee.
He has received numerous awards throughout his legal career, including recognition by Best Lawyers®, Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He was recognized in the second class of Senior Neighbors 16 Over 60 and as a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In 2021, Martin received the Donald R. Worsfold Award from the Grand Rapids Bar Association in recognition of a career of service to the organization, law profession and community. In 2012, he received the Grand Rapids Bar Association President’s Award for his efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the Bar and the William Glenn Trailblazer Award along with other members of the Rosa Parks Sculpture Committee.
Martin will be recognized alongside two other 2022 award recipients during the Comprehensive Therapy Center’s Legacy Awards Dinner in February.
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