Cathleen A. Martin

Cathleen A. Martin

Jefferson City, Missouri

Cathleen A. Martin is a Shareholder of Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C. and concentrates her practice in employment law, corporate law and general civil practice.

Ms. Martin is an experienced employment lawyer who counsels clients on day-to-day personnel issues including: wage-hour matters; discrimination and retaliation claims arising under federal and state law; non-compete, independent contractor and other employment agreements; unemployment compensation; I-9 compliance; and human resource policies. Ms. Martin has represented clients before the EEOC, various human rights commissions, the U.S. Department of Labor, Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission. Her practice also involves general commercial and business litigation matters for particular clients.

Ms. Martin was named in the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine as a top employment law attorney  and a rising star. She chaired the Missouri Bar Labor and Employment Law Committee for two years from 2001 to 2003 and was a contributing author of the Missouri Bar's Employment Discrimination CLE Deskbook. She has given seminars on employment law issues for Associated Industries of Missouri, Missouri Ag Industries Council, Inc., the Missouri Bar, the Cole County Bar Association, Counsel on Education in Management, Sterling Education Services, Missouri State Employer's Retirement System, and the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce. Prior to entering private practice, she was an assistant attorney general in the litigation division of the Missouri State Attorney General's Office.

Ms. Martin was recognized by the Jefferson City Business Times in 2006 as one of Jefferson City's 40 Under Forty for her contributions to her profession and the community. She is past President of the Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary Club and was named Rotarian of the Year for 1999-2000. She also is past chairperson of the Jefferson City Area Rape and Abuse Crisis Service and served on its Board for six years.

Ms. Martin was born in St. Charles, Missouri in 1971. She graduated summa cum laude from Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. In 1996, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Administrative Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996


  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: Board of Advocates Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Roscoe Anderson Moot Court Award
    • Law Journal: Managing Editor, Journal of Dispute Resolution, 1994 - 1996
  • Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, USA
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1993
    • Major: Business Administration
    • Major: Journalism

Published Works

  • Missouri Employment Discrimination Deskbook-Affirmative Action Chapter, The Missouri Bar, 2001
  • Employer's Rights in Terminating Employees: Understanding At Will Employment, Kansas City Journal, May, 1999
  • Enforcing the Rights of Missouri's Elderly, Missouri Lawyer's Weekly, February 22, 1999


  • FMLA - What Employer's Need to Know, Missouri State Employer's Retirement System, 2016
  • Current Topics in Employment Law, Cole County Bar Association, 2016
  • Keeping Your Law Practice on Track: Fees, Billing, and Collections, Trust Accounting Basics, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, The Missouri Bar
  • Guidelines for Directors of Non Profit Corporations, Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change, 2010
  • Employment Law Hot Topics: The Latest Interpretations, Sterling Education Services, 2009
  • FMLA Changes and New Regulations: What You Need to Know to Comply, Sterling Education Services, 2009
  • E-verify, Missouri Primary Care Association, 2009
  • Personnel Policies, Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation, 2008
  • Mechanic's Liens, Meeks Building Center, 2008
  • Preventing FMLA Retaliation Claims; Lessons Learned from Recent Cases to Discover What Went Wrong and What Went Right, Council on Education in Management, 2007
  • Safeguarding your Organization from Wrongful Discharge Claims, Recent Changes in Overtime Exemptions and How to avoid the Most Common Wage and Hour Violations and Workplace Harassment Policies and Investigations, AccuPay APS, L.L.C., 2005
  • Unemployment Law/Workers' Compensation Update, The Missouri Bar, 2004
  • Recent Developments Impacting the Labor and Employment Law Practitioner, The Missouri Bar, 2003
  • Deciphering Whether Your Employee Has a "Serious Health Condition": Preventing Misuse and Abuse of the FMLA, Council on Education in Management, Personnel Law Update, 2003
  • How to Terminate an Employee without Prompting a Lawsuit, Council on Education in Management, 2002
  • How to Terminate an Employee Lawfully, The Missouri Bar, 2002
  • How to Terminate an Employee Lawfully, The Missouri Bar, 2001
  • Avoid the Most Common and Surprising Legal Pitfalls in Your Reference Checking Practices, Council on Education in Management - Personnel Law Update, 2000
  • Employee Arbitration Agreements, The Missouri Bar, 1999
  • Family Medical Leave Act, The Missouri Bar, 1999
  • Can I Go to Jail for not Paying Overtime?, Missouri Ag Industries Council, Inc., 1999
  • Missouri's Employee Service Letter and Reference Letter Statutes, Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, 1999
  • Mental Disorders Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Missouri Bar, 1998
  • Addressing Employee's Substance Abuse Problems, Associated Industries of Missouri, 1998
  • Best Practices in Employee Feedback, Discipline & Termination , The Missouri Bar, 2018
  • The Superintendent's Contract, Missouri Association of School Administrators, 2014
  • Arbitrating Employment Disputes: Private & Public Issues , 2001 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top employment law attorney in Missouri and Kansas, 2010-2012
  • Named by Super Lawyers Magazine as a rising star in Missouri and Kansas, 2008 - 2009
  • Jefferson City Business Times, 40 Under Forty, 2006
  • Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year, 1999 - 2000
  • The Zonta Club of Jefferson City, Woman of Achievement Nominee, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Past Chair, 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1996 - Present
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association, 2003 - Present
  • Cole County Bar Association, 1997 - Present
  • Women's Law Association of Mid-Missouri, 2004 - Present
  • Jefferson City Breakfast Rotary Club, Past President, 2006
  • Society for Human Resource Management, 2000 - Present
  • Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, 1999 - Present
  • Jefferson City Young Life, Committee Member, 1996 - 2003
  • Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Jefferson City Class of 1998

Past Employment Positions

  • Missouri Office of Attorney General, Litigation Division, Assistant Attorney General, 1996-1997

Pro Bono Activities

  • MO Bar's Call-A-Lawyer Program, 1997 - 2000
  • Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, Inc. (General Legal Services), 1998 - 2003
  • Capital City Boys & Girls Club (General Legal Services), 2000
  • Jefferson City Rape & Abuse Crisis Center (Board of Directors - Past Chair; Board member) , 1998 - 2004