Judge Gene Martin was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 18,
1926 and is a lifelong resident of Kansas City. He attended
Graceland Elementary School and graduated from Paseo High School at
the age of 16 in 1943.
Following graduation he
went to work at the North American Aviation Plant in Kansas City,
Kansas building the B25 bomber and as soon as his age permitted, he
enlisted in the Army Air Corps Reserves. He then served during World
War II as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps.
In 1953 Gene graduated
from the University of Kansas City Law School and passed the
Missouri Bar Examinations. While attending Law School, he served as
Courtroom Clerk for Judge Richard Duncan in the U.S. District Court.
He began the practice of law with Wilbur B. Ennis immediately after
passing the Bar Examinations. This relationship later evolved to
become the Law Firm of Ennis, Browne, Martin and Tapp. Gene handled
a broad range of legal matters with emphasis on courtroom
litigation. During this time, he participated in community, family,
and church matters. He also served as a special investigator for the
Missouri Bar Advisory Committee, as a member of the Municipal
Judicial Nominating Committee, and as secretary of the Kansas City
Metropolitan Bar Association.
In December of 1976, Gene
was appointed as Judge of Division 10 of the Jackson County Circuit
Court. As a judge, he served every assignment: Civil, Criminal,
Domestic and Juvenile. He was the Presiding Judge of the court
during 1989 and 1990. After nearly 20 years on the bench, Judge
Martin retired from the active docket in 1996, but continued to
serve as a Senior Judge at the Circuit Court and the Missouri Court
of Appeals. He also served as an arbitrator, mediator and
condemnation commissioner. He has served on the Missouri Judicial
College Board and the Missouri Press Bar Commission. He continued to
support the UMKC Law Alumni, the UMKC Law Foundation, the Kansas
City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar as well as
several cultural and charitable organizations in Kansas City.