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Coy represents individuals and businesses in the areas of complex business litigation, probate and trust litigation, insurance coverage litigation, constitutional litigation, business entity dissolution, and other civil controversies.
He is admitted to practice before the state district and appellate courts in Kansas, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In addition to practicing before state and federal trial and appellate courts, Coy represents clients before administrative agencies.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Wichita, KS, 2018 in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Trusts and Estates and has been named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Wichita in 2012 and 2016 in the practice area of Litigation – Trusts and Estates, in 2014 in the practice area of Litigation – Construction, and in 2017 in the practice area of Insurance Law. He has also been selected as a Kansas Super Lawyer in the practice area of Business Litigation.
Mr. Martin’s professional experience particularly includes serving as lead counsel in litigation under the Kansas Liquor Control Act, including House of Schwan, Inc. v. Norwood, 25 Kan.App.2d 359,966 P.2d 89 (1998). House of Schwan, Inc. v. Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., et al., 18th Judicial District, Sedgwick County, Kansas Case No. 97-C-1916; Premier Beverage, Inc., et al. v. Bacardi Martini U.S.A., Inc., et al., 10th Judicial District, Johnson County, Kansas Case No. 98-C-08906; Glazer’s Wholesale Drug Co., Inc., et al. v. Pierce, et al., 145 F.Supp.2d 1234 (D. Kan. 2001) (overturning as violating the Commerce Clause provisions preventing out-of-state distributor from operating in Kansas and awarding attorneys’ fees); Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. v. Premier Beverage, Inc., 352 F.Supp.2d 1188 (D. Kan. 2005) (successfully defeating liquor supplier’s preemptive attempt to secure declaratory judgment validating termination of franchise agreement with local distributor).
Mr. Martin has experience in coordinating multi-state litigation, including several cases pending before federal and state courts across the United States resulting from the United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Granholm v. Heald, 544 U.S. 460 (2005) (holding as unconstitutional under the Dormant Commerce Clause certain New York and Michigan statutes that allowed in-state wineries to sell and ship wine directly to consumers but prohibited out-of-state wineries from doing so).
Coy Martin has also represented parties involving insurance coverage/bad faith and Consumer Protection Act claims, including James L. Gardner, et al. v. Travelers Indemnity Co., Sedgwick County District Court Case No. 98-C-1554 (confidential settlement after prevailing on summary judgment in a case of first impression in this jurisdiction relating to insurer’s alleged tortious interference with an attorney-client relationship; fraud; breach of fiduciary duty; and, invasion of privacy); Hong Nguyen v. Farmers Insurance Co., United States District Court for the District of Kansas Case No. 96-1099-KMH and parallel proceeding in Sedgwick County District Court Case No. 3652 (resulting in $3 million settlement involving claims of insurance bad faith and negligence); Parker v. Wesley Medical Center, L.L.C., Sedgwick County District Court Case No. 01-C-1010 (ruling after jury verdict that hospital’s billing and business practices and handling of patient health insurance processing constituted deceptive and unconscionable acts in violation of Kansas Consumer Protection Act; awarding civil penalties and attorneys’ fees in an aggregate amount over $270,000).
In the Matter of the Estate of Earl O. Field, deceased, Ellis County, Kansas District Court Case No. 13-PR-22 and Appellate Court Docket No. 16-116456, 55 Kan.App.2d 315, 414 P.3d 1217 (2018): Complicated and fact-intensive will contest involving a $20 million estate in which a purported codicil was allegedly discovered by the decedent’s bookkeeper leaving half of the estate to her, contrary to the decedent’s intended legacy. Successfully represented university foundation at trial and on appeal demonstrating that the purported codicil was not signed by the decedent but by, or at the direction of, the bookkeeper.
Coy Martin was awarded the Consumer Advocate Award by the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association in 2003.