PERSONNEL FILE: Three honored as "Super Lawyers" at Martin & Seibert

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 9, 2007

Clarence E. "CEM" Martin III, Walter M. Jones III and Susan R. Snowden, all shareholders with Martin & Seibert, recently were named Super Lawyers.

MARTINSBURG -– Martin & Seibert is pleased to announce that three of its own have been listed in the 2007 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication that honors the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state.

For the first time ever, Virginia Super Lawyers has broadened its reach to cover West Virginia. Clarence E. "CEM" Martin III, Walter M. Jones III and Susan R. Snowden, all shareholders with Martin & Seibert, are among this year's honorees.

Martin is a third generation member of the firm, as his grandfather Clarence Martin founded the firm in 1908. He focuses his practice in complex litigation, from novel theories of liability to catastrophic or mass tort damages.

His namesake in the firm is something Martin takes very seriously.

"I take pride in promoting the firm –- it's my heritage," Martin said. "I'm challenged to serve my clients better than my father and grandfather did."

Jones is the firm's managing shareholder. He practices mainly in the area of class action litigation and its related discovery.

Jones believes a collective, motivated effort is the best approach to ensure that superior customer service is achieved.

"We work well together," Jones said. "We have the same goals, the same work ethic, and our firm members complement each other."

Snowden practices in the areas of insurance and employment law litigation, with an emphasis on class action defense. She believes a successful law career requires a unique balance.

"You must serve your clients while taking care of your family, helping your community and maintaining personal interests," Snowden said.

All three of the firm's honored attorneys are flattered and appreciative of this distinctive recognition.

They say the honor is a reward not only for the three listed attorneys, but also for everyone at Martin & Seibert.

"Recognition in the legal profession is often mere advertising; however, we are extremely proud to be a part of the Super Lawyers based solely upon nominations by our fellow lawyers," Jones said. "As we reviewed the listings, it was truly an honor to be part of such a distinguished group of talented attorneys-both defense and trial bar."

Founded in 1908, Martin & Seibert is one of the oldest law firms in West Virginia. The firm's 24 attorneys, five of whom are shareholders, practice in a wide variety of areas, including litigation, real estate, collections, and employment law. Learn more at

Super Lawyers abides by a strict selection procedure. The candidate pool is created from a mailer asking for nominees that is sent to active attorneys across the state. Once nominated, a detailed evaluation of candidates is performed. A "blue ribbon" panel of attorneys then evaluates attorneys in their practice area. Finally, candidates are divided according to their firm size and those with the highest point totals are selected. For more information, visit

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