Embattled Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has retained prominent trial attorney Billy Martin, of the Washington, D.C.-based firm Sutherland Asbill &Brennan, to represent him in a potential trial stemming from indictments charging the NFL star in an alleged dog-fighting ring, ESPN.com has learned.
Vick and his advisors, a group that includes his personal attorney, Lawrence Woodward, spent the last several days interviewing potential counsel. The Vick camp felt it was key to retain a veteran attorney with considerable experience in federal cases.
Martin is a former federal prosecutor and senior official at the Department of Justice and has been in private practice since 1990. He recently moved to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, and heads the firm's white-collar criminal defense practice.
Vick will hardly be the first high-profile client Martin has represented. Nor will he be the first prominent Atlanta personage to call on Martin's services.
Martin recently represented former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell is his public corruption trial that was brought by the federal government.
Other high-profile professional athlete clients have included former NBA players Jayson Williams and Rod Strickland, current NBA stars Allen Iverson and Juwan Howard and boxer Riddick Bowe.
Martin also represented Monica Lewinsky and her mother, along with the parents of the late congressional intern Chandra Levy.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com