Mr. Parsons is licensed in Illinois and Missouri. Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He is an accredited Attorney for claims for veteran’s benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary of ISBA Standing Committee on Military Affairs.
Martin is the director and adjunct professor at SIU School of Law’s Veterans’ Legal Assistance Program (“VLAP”). The VLAP assists veterans in VA disability claims appeals, petitions for discharge upgrades in limited circumstances, and referrals for other civil legal matters.
Martin retired from the military after spending four years on active duty in the Marine Corps and twenty-two years, part-time and full-time, in the Illinois Army National Guard. While in the National Guard, Martin served in Iraq from 2005 – 2006 with the 2-130th Infantry Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While attending law school, Mr. Parsons was a member of the Trial Team for two years and was inducted into the Order of Barristers for excelling in oral advocacy. He also participated in Inns of Court and was the president of the Military Law Society.
As a retired veteran, Martin has a strong interest in military employment law issues, especially issues related to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Southern Illinois University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2015
Western Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Employment law, business and transactional, real estate
USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act)
Claims for Veteran’s benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs