Honorable John B. Martinez | Texas Trial Attorney | HMG LLP

Honorable John B. Martinez

Former Nueces County Court At-Law No. 3 Judge John B. Martinez joined Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP in 2011. Mr. Martinez spent nearly five years on the bench where he presided over criminal misdemeanor cases, probate matters, mental competency hearings and civil cases. Mr. Martinez was also the presiding administrative judge for Nueces County Courts At-Law.

Prior to becoming a judge, Mr. Martinez was an attorney at the Law Offices of Doug Allison from 2003-2006 where he primarily worked on cases involving defective products, toxic torts, personal injury and commercial litigation. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Martinez worked for the law firm of Chaves, Gonzales & Hoblit LLP.

Mr. Martinez started his legal career in Corpus Christi with the Kleberg Law Firm specializing in admiralty and maritime law, insurance defense, general commercial litigation and general civil litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in all state courts and federal courts in the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Martinez is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, an honor bestowed to only a select few attorneys in Texas. He is also a member of Mensa as well as a former member of the College of the State Bar and Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association.

Mr. Martinez received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas and his undergraduate degree in political science from Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1998
  • United States District Courts, Southern District of Texas

Judicial Education

  • Texas Center for The Judiciary (College for New Judges), Austin, TX, 2006

  • National Judicial College (Course in General Jurisdiction), Reno, NV, 2006


  • JD 1998, Baylor University School of Law (Order of Barrister, Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition Finalist, Leighton B. Dawson Award for Appellate Advocacy, John W. Joyce Award for Appellate Advocacy)
  • BS 1995, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Professional Associations and Accolades

  • Presiding Administrative Judge, Nueces County Courts At-Law (2010-2011)

  • State Bar of Texas

  • College of the State Bar (2000-2001)

  • Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Assoc. – President (2002); President Elect (2001); Vice President (2000); Board of Directors (1999)

  • Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow

  • Member – Mensa, American Mensa, South Texas Mensa (2009-present)

  • Graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXVIII (2000)

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2002-2003)

  • City of Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District Board (2005)

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