Martha Walters Barnett

Retired Senior Partner
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Martha W. Barnett is a retired senior partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight. Her primary areas of practice were administrative, governmental law and public policy.

Ms. Barnett has extensive associations in the American Bar Association and The Florida Bar. She was president of the American Bar Endowment for 2014-2016. She was president of the American Bar Association in 2000-2001. She also served as the chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates – the first woman to serve in this position.

Past Experience

  • Chair of Florida Commission on Ethics (1986-1987), and member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (1997-1998), the Florida Taxation & Budget Reform Commission (1990-1994) and (2007-2008), the Governor's Select Committee on Workforce 2000, and the Florida Sales Tax on Services Study Commission (1986-1987)
  • Lobbyist on behalf of the survivors of the Rosewood Massacre as pro bono counsel before the Florida Legislature
  • Lobbyist on behalf of industries and governments on a broad array of legislative issues ranging from taxation to technology and education to appropriations
  • Neutral Arbitrator in commercial disputes
  • Regulatory and administrative representation related to insurance, taxation, ethics, elections and campaign finance, education, telecommunications and procurement
  • Frequent lecturer and speaker

Honors & Awards

  • The American Lawyer, Lifetime Achievement Award, October 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Administrative/Regulatory Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice; Litigation and Controversy - Tax; Tax Law, 1995-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Tallahassee Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012; Tallahassee Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2013 
  • Bob Graham Citizen of the Year Award Honoree, 2013
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2014
  • Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Florida Trend magazine, 2009-2017
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2007-2017
  • Leadership Tallahassee - Distinguished Leadership Award, 2011
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, July 2009
  • The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal, 2006
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Florida, 2006
  • Medal of Honor, The Florida Bar Foundation, 2002
  • National Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts of the USA, 2002
  • Arthur J. Goldberg Award, Touro College, 2001
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Tulane University, 2001
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Alumna, Newcomb College, Tulane University, 1999
  • National Association of Public Interest Law Award, 1998
  • The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal, 1998, 2007
  • Alumna of Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Florida, 1997
  • Hillary Clinton Glass Cutter Award, 1996
  • Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 1996
  • Rosemary Barkett Award, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 1996
  • Kate Stoneman Award, Albany Law School, 1996
  • Who's Who In America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Who's Who in Emerging Leaders in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Memberships

  • American Bar Endowment, President, 2014-2016
  • American Bar Association, President, 2000-2001
  • American Bar Association, Chair of ABA House of Delegates, 1994-1996
  • American Bar Association, Executive Board Member and past Chair, CEELI (Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative)
  • American Bar Association, Past Member of ABA Board of Governors and life member of House of Delegates
  • American Bar Association, Past Member Board of Editors, ABA Journal
  • American Bar Association, Chair of Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • American Bar Association, Executive Board of Rule of Law Initiative
  • American Bar Association, Executive Council, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • American Bar Association, Chair of Commission on Public Understanding About the Law and Consortium on Legal Services and the Public
  • American Bar Association, Member of several ABA committees including Commission on Women in the Professions, Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly, Standing Committee on Legal Aid to Indigent Defendants, Standing Committee on Prepaid Legal Services
  • American Bar Endowment, Board of Directors, past Treasurer
  • American Bar Foundation, Board of Directors and Life Fellow
  • The Florida Bar, Legislative Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Commission on Access to Civil Justice
  • The Florida Bar, Executive Council of the Tax Section and Public Interest Law Section
  • The Florida Bar, Florida Lawyers Prepaid Legal Services Corporation, Past Member of the Board of Directors and Past President
  • Tulane University, Member Board of Administrators
  • American Law Institute
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Florida Tax Watch, Inc., former member of Board of Trustees
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, past member of Board of Directors
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Trustee
  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association
  • Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Board of Directors
  • Infilaw System, Inc., National Policy Board
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honoris Causa
  • Graham Center, Council of Advisors, Knight Fellows-in-Residence