Walter Clark Martin IV ("Clark") was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Since middle school, Clark had always wanted to be an attorney. Clark began pursuing his goal by attending Texas State University, where he received his B.A. in Public Administration. While at Texas State, Clark was a member of Phi Eta Signa National Honor Society and an Associated Student Government Senator. Clark was also a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Foundation, and was the Vice Chair of Federal Communications for the Legislative Relations Agency.
Upon earning his B.A., Clark continued his education at Texas State and received his Master's Degree in Legal Studies, during which time he worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Legal Studies department. Clark subsequently attended the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, where he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence (law degree) and became a certified mediator.
While pursuing his studies, Clark gained experience in several industries. During his summer and winter breaks, Clark worked off-shore on pipe-lay vessels and overseas as a weld inspector. When he wasn't working offshore, Clark found himself working for the Honorable William Royal Ferguson (Federal Judge for the Western District of Texas), Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (United States Senator for the State of Texas), Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Honorable Frank G. Evans, and Dr. Walter A. Wright.
Clark began his legal carreer serving as general counsel to Austin Social Planner (where he continues to serve as general counsel) and working for a large insurance defense firm in Houston, Texas. While working for an insurance defense firm, Clark realized that he would rather represent "the people" instead of faceless corporations. Realizing this, Clark decided to stop defending large corporations and began representing individuals through The Martin Law Firm.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2011||01/09/2016|
|General Counsel||Austin Social Planner||2011 - Present|
|Attorney and Counselor at Law; Certified Mediator||the Law Office of Walter C. Martin, P.L.L.C.||2011 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Brown Sims, PC||2011 - 2012|
|Legal Research Assistant||Honorable Frank G. Evans & Dr. Walter A. Wright||2011 - 2013|
|Legal Research Assistant and Student Representative||Thomson West / Westlaw||2010 - 2010|
|Litigation and Legal Drafting Assistant/Intern||The Attorney General Of Texas - Greg Abbott||2007 - 2007|
|Office/Legal Intern for the Honorable William Royal Ferguson||The Federal District Court For Western District Of Texas||2006 - 2006|
|Veterans' Affairs Assistant/Intern||United State's Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison||2006 - 2006|
|Offshore, Local, and Foreign AUT Weld Inspector||Shaw Pipeline Services||2002 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Houston Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Houston Young Lawyers Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||2011 - Present|
|Alternative Resolutions - State Bar of Texas||Mediation: Skills and Techniques (Book Review)||2009|
|Alternative Resolutions - State Bar of Texas||Fifth Circuit Vacates Award of Mediation Fees as Taxable Costs Under 28 U.S.C. §1920||2008|
|Alternative Resolutions - State Bar of Texas||Superior Court of Massachusetts Protects Documents Produced During Mediation Portion of Med-Arb Process from Discovery by Third Party||2007|
|Alternative Resolutions - State Bar of Texas||El Paso Court of Appeals Considers Attorney’s Authority to Bind Parties at Mediation and Whether Certified Translators are Required at Mediation||2006|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Texas State University-San Marcos||Legal Studies||MA - Masters||2007|
|Texas State University-San Marcos||Public Administration||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|University of Houston Law Center||Law Office Management||2013|
|Texas State University Graduate Program for Legal Studies||Legal Theory||2012|