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He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Wichita, KS, 2018 in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Trusts and Estates and has been named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Wichita in 2012 and and 2016 in the practice area of Litigation - Trusts and Estates, in 2014 in the practice area of Litigation – Construction, and in 2017 in the practice area of Insurance Law.
Other Notable Experience/Achievements: Mr. Martin has represented plaintiffs and defendants in diverse types of civil litigation. His principal practice areas have been and continue to be complex commercial/business litigation and insurance coverage litigation.
Mr. Martin's professional experience particularly includes serving as lead counsel in litigation under the Kansas Liquor Control Act, including House of Schwan, Inc. v. Norwood, 25 Kan.App.2d, 359, 966 P.2d 89 (1998); House of Schwan, Inc. v. Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., et al., 18th Judicial District, Sedgwick County, Kansas Case No. 97 C 1916; Premier Beverage, Inc., et al. v. Bacardi Martini U.S.A., Inc., et al., 10th Judicial District, Johnson County, Kansas Case No. 98 C 08906; Glazer's Wholesale Drug Co., Inc., et al. v. Pierce, et al., 145 F.Supp.2d 1234 (D. Kan. 2001) (overturning as violating the Commerce Clause provisions preventing out-of-state distributor from operating in Kansas and awarding attorneys' fees); Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. v. Premier Beverage, Inc., 352 F.Supp.2d 1188 (D.Kan. 2005) (successfully defeating liquor supplier's preemptive attempt to secure declaratory judgment validating termination of franchise agreement with local distributor).
Mr. Martin has experience in coordinating multi-state litigation, including several cases pending before federal and state courts across the United States resulting from the United States Supreme Court's opinion in Granholm v. Heald, 544 U.S. 460 (2005) (holding as unconstitutional under the Dormant Commerce Clause certain New York and Michigan statutes that allowed in-state wineries to sell and ship wine directly to consumers but prohibited out-of-state wineries from doing so).
Coy Martin has also represented parties in involving insurance coverage/bad faith and Consumer Protection Act claims, including James L. Gardner, et al. v. Travelers Indemnity Co., Sedgwick County District Court Case No. 98 C 1554 (confidential settlement after prevailing on summary judgment in a case of first impression in this jurisdiction relating to insurer's alleged tortious interference with an attorney-client relationship; fraud; breach of fiduciary duty; and invasion of privacy); Hong Nguyen v. Farmers Insurance Co., United States District Court for the District of Kansas Case No. 96-1099-KMH and parallel proceeding in Sedgwick County District Court Case No. 00 C 3652 (resulting in Three Million Dollar ($3,000,000.00) settlement involving claims of insurance bad faith and negligence); Parker v. Wesley Medical Center, L.L.C., Sedgwick County District Court Case No. 01 C 1010 (ruling after jury verdict that hospital's billing and business practices constituted deceptive and unconscionable acts in violation of Kansas Consumer Protection Act; awarding civil penalties and attorneys' fees in an aggregate amount over $270,000).
Mr. Martin represents individuals and businesses in unique and complex business litigation and litigation involving contested trusts and estates, including Sbarra v. Sbarra, Sedgwick County District Court, Case No. 96 D 5733 (successfully overturning antenuptial agreement on the basis of fraud, thereby making approximately $20 million dollars worth of marital assets available for equitable division); The Peoples Bank, et al. v Mennonite Health Resources, Inc., et al., Kiowa County District Court, Case No. 96 C 20 (Successful action by bondholders against commercial tenant, corporate and personal guarantors of industrial revenue bond issue that went into default. Bondholders recovered judgment in excess of $500,000 on summary judgment.); Rodriguez-Tocker v. Estate of Tocker, 35 Kan.App.2d 15, 129 P.3d 586 (2006) (Representing surviving widow in action against trustee of a trust into which the widow's late husband had secretly transferred over $8 million shortly before his death; Court affirmed district court's disqualification of trustee).
Coy Martin was awarded the Consumer Advocate Award by the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association in 2003.
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