A. Martin Wickliff, Jr.

Member

Houston

(713) 750-3110

(713) 512-5277

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Lawdragon Names Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Among The Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers

Lawdragon has named six members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department to its 2022 list of the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers.

A. Martin Wickliff, Jr. is board certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he has substantial experience handling cases in such diverse industries as airline, banking, chemical, clothing, construction, energy, entertainment, financial services, grocery, health care, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, railroad, restaurant, retail, sales, transportation, waste disposal, and wholesale.

Marty has received training from the American Arbitration Association as an arbitrator and mediator, focusing on labor, employment and commercial disputes. He also handles employment investigations. 

Marty is a veteran litigator and trial lawyer in all phases of labor and employment law, including advice and counsel, trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings involving all types of discrimination matters (single and multiple plaintiff cases, as well as class actions), retaliation claims, layoffs and reduction-in-force, noncompete and nondisclosure/nonsolicitation disputes, trade secrets, Sarbanes-Oxley and other whistleblower actions, higher education, defamation, privacy claims, FMLA, and WARN, as well as wage and hour litigation (collective actions and multiple plaintiff lawsuits). Marty's trial and appellate experiences also include all types of traditional labor disputes, including union elections and injunction matters before the National Labor Relations Board, labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, and mediations as well as matters before the OFCCP and OSHA. He has also been involved in the implementation and monitoring of compliance and prevention programs, including HR audits, training, and internal investigations.

Marty has first-chaired many jury and nonjury trials in most of the Texas state courts and federal district courts; he has also handled cases in Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Florida, and Oklahoma; and he has argued many reported cases in the state and federal courts of appeals. 

Marty has regularly spoken on a variety of labor and employment topics on behalf of continuing legal education providers, he has authored several articles, and he has authored the employment law chapter of Texas Business Litigation (2014-2017).

Marty has been very active in several bar and community associations. He has served on the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas (1986-1990) and on the board of trustees and chair of the State Bar of Texas Insurance Trust; he is also a former director and chair of the Board of Regents, Texas Southern University of Houston and chair of the Litigation and Human Resources Committee of the Board; and he is a former member of the board of directors, University of St. Thomas, Houston.  Marty has also served as president of the Houston Lawyers Association, as well as boards of various civic and community associations in Texas.

Experience

News

Lawdragon Names Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Among The Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers

August 24, 2022

Lawdragon has named six members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department to its 2022 list of the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Chambers Ranks 86 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 22 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2022 Guide

June 02, 2022

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 86 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2022 edition.

Lawdragon Names six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Among the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers

November 19, 2021

Lawdragon has named six members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department to its 2021 list of the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers.

Two Cozen O’Connor attorneys Named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers

October 04, 2021

Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys were named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Lawdragon names six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys among the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers

December 14, 2020

Lawdragon has named six members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department to its 2020 list of the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers.

Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Texas Super Lawyers

September 24, 2020

Cozen O’Connor attorneys David L. Barron, Stephen P. Pate, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Joseph A. Ziemianski were named 2020 Texas Super Lawyers.

A. Martin Wickliff, Jr. Honored by Texas Lawyer for Lifetime Achievement

September 23, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment group, has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as a recipient of their 2020 Lifetime Achieve Award.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Texas Super Lawyers

September 19, 2019

Cozen O’Connor attorneys Stephen P. Pate, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Joseph A. Ziemianski were named 2019 Texas Super Lawyers

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” By Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

LawDragon/HRE names Joseph Tilson, Anna Wermuth, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., and Jeremy Glenn among the Nation’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

June 07, 2019

Four members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department have been named to the 2019 LawDragon/Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine’s top Labor & Employment lists.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Lawdragon/HRE names Joseph Tilson, A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., Anna Wermuth, and Jeremy Glenn Among the Nation’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

June 16, 2018

Four members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department have been named to the 2018 Lawdragon/Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine’s top Labor & Employment lists.

Publications

Steps to a Company Party? Eat, Drink and Be Wary [Texas Lawyer]

December 01, 2014

In an article titled “Steps to a Company Party? Eat, Drink and Be Wary,” A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, suggests a number of steps employers should take to minimize potential legal problems when hosting office happy hours and holiday parties.

Education

  • Texas Southern University—Thurgood Marshall School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1973
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1974
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., 1970

Awards & Honors

"The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Top 100," Human Resource Executive, 2010-2017

Chambers USA, 2007-2018 (Band 1) 2019-2022 (Senior Statespeople)

Best Lawyers in America 2010-2023

2020 and 2022 Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year  in Houston by The Best Lawyers in America 

Texas "Super Lawyer" (Employment & Labor category), Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2022

Top 100 in Texas and Top 100 in Houston, Texas Super Lawyers

"AV Preeminent," Martindale-Hubbell

International Bar Association's list of Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012-2017

"Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year," Texas Minority Counsel Program, State Bar of Texas, 2011

"The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century," Texas Lawyer 2010

Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

Most Powerful Corporate Employment Attorneys Hall of Fame 2019 by Lawdragon

Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement, 2020 

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Houston Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation