Douglas Claude Martinson

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Phone: 256-533-1667
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Huntsville, Alabama 35801


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For nearly 50 years, Doug has been practicing law and has enjoyed watching Martinson & Beason bloom into a prominent regional firm employing seven attorneys and eight support staff. He is a second generation Huntsville High School graduate and was elected student council president in 1957.

After spending a year at Emory University in Atlanta, Doug transferred to the University of Alabama where he studied business administration. In his second semester at Alabama, Doug pledged Pi Kappa Alpha. He was later elected SMC (president) of PiKA and helped the fraternity overcome serious debt issues. In 1960, a fraternity brother introduced Doug with Kathryn Abbott McWhorter. The two married in 1962.

In 1964, Doug earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and returned home to Huntsville to begin practicing. Under appointment of the Governor of Alabama, he served as special judge of the Madison County Court from 1966 through 1971.

Over the years, Doug has served in a variety of leadership positions within the legal profession. A member of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association since 1964, he served as president from 1987 – 1988. He was a founder of the Huntsville-Madison County Law Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, in 1987, and is currently serving as president. He also served as the first editor of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Newsletter which is now known as the Journal of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. He was appointed as a member of the Alabama Attorney General’s Victims’ of Drunk Driving Task Force in 1988 and was a charter member and founder of Madison County Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter in 1982.

Doug and his wife of Kathryn are nearing fifty years of marriage and have two sons, Doug and Mac, both attorneys at Martinson & Beason.


  • J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, 1964
  • B.S., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1963


  • Alabama, 1964
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court



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