Jonathan A. Martin was born in Iowa, but has called Lee County his home since early childhood. He played basketball for the Green Wave at Fort Myers High and developed an appreciation for the small town feel that Fort Myers has to offer. Jonathan knew he had to broaden his horizon in order to receive the education he needed to serve his community. Jonathan attended Stetson University from 2000-2004, where he majored in Political Science, Religious Studies, and minored in Business Administration. While enrolled, Jonathan was President of the Student Government Association, attending Board of Trustees meetings and presenting the SGA annual report. In 2004 Jonathan received a generous full tuition scholarship to attend Liberty University School of Law. Once again Jonathan found himself in leadership positions as the founding Chair of the Honor Council and founding president of the Federalist Society. He also served as a law clerk for the City Attorney's Office in Fort Myers, which allowed him to be exposed to various areas of the law, including personal injury cases from the defense perspective.
Immediately after law school Jonathan returned to Southwest Florida in 2007 and accepted appointment as an Assistant State Attorney. After trying eight cases in a little over a month, Jonathan was one of very few prosecutors in the State to be sent to the rigorous Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training at the University of Florida. After a few additional months prosecuting misdemeanor and juvenile cases, Jonathan began prosecuting felony cases. He was soon promoted to the position of the sole prosecutor in Glades County where he handled a heavy caseload that included every criminal prosecution in the county - from misdemeanor to murder.
His first experience working with a personal injury attorney came during his first few months in the Glades County position, wherein he filed charges against a tractor-trailer driver who was under the influence of alcohol and ran a stop sign with a full load of sand. Unfortunately, a van with a driver and five passengers was in the wrong place at the wrong time and all six occupants died when the truck collided with them. After taking that case to trial, the defendant was found guilty of six counts of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison. While working with the attorneys for the victims' families, Jonathan learned the importance of having a civil attorney who understands the intricacies of the civil and criminal justice systems.
While prosecuting numerous career criminals, murderers, and working extensive investigations with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Jonathan learned various techniques and skills that allowed him to uncover the smallest details of a case that many times became the most important piece of evidence. He attended an intensive DUI/ vehicular manslaughter seminar sponsored by the Florida Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Program. Among other subjects, it provided thorough instruction on how the traffic experts collect evidence and use complicated, but mathematically sound, formulas to determine who is at fault. He also served on an Identity Fraud Task Force with the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Justice along with other law enforcement agencies in the Fort Myers and Tampa area.
The focus of Jonathan's career is to give back to his community, helping those who have been harmed by others, having participated in 89 trials. However, it has always been important for him to find the time to be extremely active in his community. He is an active member of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee. He has served as the President of the Hendry-Glades Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for a local school, with his church's various ministries, including traveling to Guatemala to help rebuild homes after a volcano eruption.
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2010
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2010
Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Virginia
J.D. - 2007
Stetson University, Deland, Florida - 2004
Major: B.S. in Political Science
Major: B.A. in Religious Studies & Business Administration
Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court's Committee on Professionalism, Active Member
Hendry/Glades Bar Association, Past President
Lee County Bar Association, Member, 2014 - Present
Hendry/Glades Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
Florida Justice Association, Member, 2015 - Present
Lee County Republican Executive Committee, Chairman, 2014 - Present
Federalist Society, Member, 2006 - Present
Hendry/Galdes Bar Association, President, 2011 - 2012Hendry/Glades Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 2010 - 2011
Southwest Florida Public Service Academy, Past Legal Instructor
Office of the State Attorney, Assistant State Attorney, 2007 - 2014
City of Fort Myers, City Attorney, Clerk, 2004 - 2005