James B. 'Jim' Martin is the longest serving district attorney in the history of Lehigh County. He has been district attorney since January 1998 when he was appointed by the County Commissioners. He has been elected to five four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015,
Martin has more than 28 years’ experience as a prosecutor and more than 46 years’ experience as a trial attorney. He is past president (1986) of the Bar Association of Lehigh County.
From 2000-2012, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and was president of the Association from 2006-2007. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, the educational and training arm of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
Martin is a past member (eight years) of the Governor’s Victims Services Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and also had served on the Commission for Justice Initiatives, which was a Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Supreme Court joint commission which established templates for “Problem Solving” courts, including “Drug Courts.”
Martin manages a budget of over $12 million that includes about $3.9 million in grant money, forfeitures reimbursement and generated revenue. He supervises more than 125 people – attorneys; administrative staff; a victim/witness unit; county detectives; homicide, drug and auto theft/insurance fraud task forces; the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC); the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County located on the campus of DeSales University; and the Central Booking Unit.
Martin has spearheaded numerous innovations since becoming District Attorney:
Martin graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. He received his law degree from the Temple University School of Law. He resides with his wife Patricia in Center Valley.