Co-Founders of Texas Firm Martin Walker Named to Best Lawyers for 2020

Lawyers with focus on medical malpractice cases honored

 TYLER, Texas – Trial lawyers Reid Martin and John F. (Jack) Walker III, co-founders of the Tyler-based trial law firm Martin Walker PC, have earned recognition in the 2020 issue of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most respected legal guides in the nation.

Mr. Martin and Mr. Walker are among the few lawyers in Texas who still take on medical malpractice cases, a rarity. Mr. Martin is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he has more than 25 years of courtroom experience. Mr. Walker has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1999.

“We have had a very exciting year,” said Mr. Martin. “It’s rewarding to be able to help our clients achieve justice, and Jack and I are honored to see our hard work recognized by our peers.”

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“This is truly special because of the fact you have others in our own profession who are looking at our names and saying, ‘Yes, those two are among the best,’” said Mr. Walker.

This is just the latest honor for both Mr. Martin and Mr. Walker. Earlier this year, they were recognized in Texas Lawyermagazine for having won the largest medical malpractice verdict in Texas in 2018. In that case, jurors awarded $43.32 million to Martin Walker client Billy Pierce in a case he brought against East Texas Medical Center and one of its doctors.

Martin Walker PC is a Tyler-based law firm with significant trial expertise representing individuals and businesses in high-stakes litigation, including medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries involving 18-wheeler accidents, oilfield injuries, wrongful death, and product liability. For more information visit:

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Tyler Lawyers Donate Exercise Bike To Nuns

Tyler Lawyers Donate Exercise Bike To Nuns

Attorneys at a Tyler-based law firm have provided for the fitness needs of some local nuns.
The attorneys at Martin Walker PC provided a NordicTrack Grand Tour iFit Exercise Bike to the local Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth community, according to a news release.
The gift will help support the physical well-being of the seven nuns who live in a convent on the grounds of Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler and who attend to the spiritual and emotional needs of the patients and staff.
“We have created the type of firm where every team member is dedicated to helping others,” said Martin Walker co-founding attorney Reid Martin. “Knowing the good work the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are doing at the hospital, we wanted to find a way to repay them for their selfless acts of kindness and compassion.”
Firm co-founder Jack Walker said the sisters requested an exercise bike to use in their free time and the firm fulfilled that request, presenting the gift last month.
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth is an international Roman Catholic congregation of vowed religious women dedicated to serving families through active ministry, according to the news release.
The U.S. province of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth has 230 sisters serving in nine states including Texas. Sister Malgorzata “Margo” Majszczyk and Sister Irene Asztemborska lead the Tyler community.
Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph 

Jack Walker Speaks With The Dallas Morning News Over Disturbing Medical Malpractice Case

A disturbing story out of the Dallas area caught our attention last week. A case working through the federal court system seems to have revealed cases where nurses at Frisco-based Novus hospice facilities were allegedly ordered to overdose patients by the facilities’ CEO. So far, three of 16 defendants have entered pleas in the case with more to come.
Our own Jack Walker consulted with the Dallas Morning News to help provide perspective on this emerging case. "These intentional acts? This is horrific," Walker said, adding that if the allegations are true, "this is probably the worst that you could see because all of this is for a business purpose."
For more on this $60 million case that centers on Novus attempting to overcharge Medicare for services that were either unneeded or simply not provided, see this article over at

East Texas Matters interviews Jack Walker about ETMC Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

KETK's Cara Prichard recently spoke to Jack Walker of Martin Walker, P.C. in regards to the recent medical malpractice case regarding East Texas Medical Center hospital.

KLTV Interviews Reid Martin About ETMC Negligence Case

KLTV Channel 7 in Tyler, Texas covered the case brought by Billy Pierce against East Texas Medical Center hospital. The lawsuit resulted in a $43.32 million verdict.

East Texas Hospital Hit with $43M Negligence Verdict after Patient Abandoned by Suspended Doctor

Martin Walker PC lawyers win gross negligence finding, $25M in punitive damages

TYLER, Texas – A jury has awarded a $43.32 million verdict against Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center and one of its doctors, finding the hospital grossly negligent in its retention and supervision of a doctor on probation whose abandonment and improper care led to a patient’s complete loss of his quality of life and ability to provide for his family.
In reaching the gross negligence verdict, jurors agreed that the hospital had put its patients in extreme risk by allowing Dr. Gary Boyd to treat them even though the Texas Medical Board had placed him on probation which automatically suspended his hospital privileges pursuant to the hospital’s bylaws and policies.
Lawyers from Tyler-based Martin Walker PC argued the hospital’s bylaws should have prevented Dr. Boyd from treating 61-year-old Billy Pierce who was hospitalized with stomach pain and vomiting in April 2014. Jurors heard testimony that Dr. Boyd erroneously concluded that Mr. Pierce had an anatomical abnormality that made it impossible to surgically remove bile duct stones.
Mr. Pierce was in an induced coma for more than a month and effectively abandoned by Dr. Boyd and the hospital, the Martin Walker trial team argued. When the hospital finally sought a second opinion, the new doctor rejected Dr. Boyd’s diagnosis and performed surgery without complication.
“Hospitals have a supreme duty to provide safe and effective care to patients, and that duty must come before everything else,” said Martin Walker attorney Reid Martin, who along with name partner Jack Walker and attorney Marisa Schouten represented Mr. Pierce. “By allowing a dangerous doctor, who had lost his hospital privileges to continue to treat patients, this was a tragedy waiting to happen.”
Dr. Boyd was put on probation in June 2013 after the Texas Medical Board found glaring deficiencies in his treatment of a patient in a case similar to Mr. Pierce’s. In that matter, the medical board found that Dr. Boyd failed to adequately document a patient’s records, inaccurately diagnosed the patient, and performed medically unnecessary procedures. For example, the board found that Dr. Boyd had inaccurately described the location of a patient’s ulcer and claimed that he had performed multiple biopsies to test for cancer when he had not.
The jury verdict included $18.57 million for past and future pain, anguish, loss of earning capacity, and medical care and expenses. The jury found that the hospital was 90 percent liable for the damages, while Dr. Boyd was 10 percent liable. With the gross negligence finding, the jury ordered $25 million in exemplary damages, finding that the hospital’s conduct involved an extreme risk of potential harm to others.
The case is Billy Pierce v East Texas Medical Center and Dr. Gary Boyd and the ETMC Digestive Disease Center, Cause No. 16-0853-C in the 241st District Court in Smith County.
Martin Walker PC is a Tyler-based law firm with significant trial expertise representing individuals and businesses in high-stakes litigation, including medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries involving 18-wheeler accidents, oilfield injuries, wrongful death, and product liability. For more information visit:

National Trial Lawyers 2016 Top 100

We are proud to announce that Jack Walker and Reid Martin have both been selected as Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. The Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. The selections for the Top 100 are based on a process which includes peer nominations and third-party research. Membership is only extended to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. The Top 100 is an essential source of information, education and networking for the most accomplished trial lawyers throughout America.

Reid Martin Named To Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers

Recently, Martin Walker, P.C.'s Reid Martin was selected for inclusion into The National Trial Lawyers "Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers" list. This invitation only membership is only offered to the top 25 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.

The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research. By being admitted into this list, Reid Martin has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and performance in the area of Medical Malpractice trial law.

More information about The National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers can be found at their website.

Martin Walker Law's Office Wins Award For Best Commercial Interior in Texas

Martin Walker Law's Office Wins Award For Best Commercial Interior in Texas

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Martin Walker Law is thrilled to have had its offices located in Downtown Tyler’s historic Arcadia Theater be recognized by the Texas Downtown Association as 2015’s Best Commercial Interior in Texas.
The award focused on how downtown businesses in Texas used their interiors to improve their customers’ or clients’ experiences, on the innovations downtown business owners employed to address unique design challenges posed by being located in a downtown area, and on the impact nominated businesses had on their surrounding downtowns and business districts.
First opened back in 1925, the Arcadia Theater has been a Tyler landmark for over 90 years. It served Tyler’s downtown area as a 585 seat theater, then later as a coffee house. It was purchased and renovated by Martin Walker Law in early 2013 who preserved  and integrated several aspects of the theater’s historic charm while converting it into a stylish, welcoming office space.
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Be sure to check out this 2014 article by the Tyler Moring Telegraph for more on Martin Walker Law’s purchase and renovation of the Arcadia Theater.