William Lee “Bill” Martin III

850.863.1974 bmartin@kaglawfirm.com

Bill Martin is a partner in the law firm of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon, focusing on government contracting, banking, corporate disputes, director and officer fiduciary duties, Miller Act issues and military law.

Like many, Bill came to Northwest Florida through his service in the military. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force as a command pilot, qualified in B-52s and B-1Bs. A graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School, Bill finished his career at Eglin Air Force Base as the Chief of the Air Warfare Center’s Operational Test Division. Bill held a Top Secret/SCI security clearance from 1976 to 1995.

After retiring from the Air Force, Bill earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude ranked seventh in his class. As a member of the FSU Law Review, Bill was selected by his fellow Law Review members as an “Outstanding Contributor” and Executive Editor.

After graduation, Bill clerked for the Honorable Lacey A. Collier, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, before moving on to practice at the New York City office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focused on complex business litigation in federal and state courts throughout the Northeast.

Bill’s legal practice also involves representing small and international businesses that do business with the government, including contract claims involving military projects in Florida and overseas. Bill also consults with small businesses, acting as de facto general counsel to ensure business practices that conform to federal, state, and local government guidelines.

A member of the New York, Florida, and Georgia bar associations, Bill is admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida, the Court of Federal Claims, Tax Court, and the Southern District of New York. As a member of the Florida Bar’s Military Affairs Committee, Bill volunteers his time to do pro bono work for junior military members related to claims arising under the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act. Additionally, he represents Department of Defense employees in Merit System Retention Board claims.

Bill is married to Debra Marie Martin, daughter of retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant James P. Carey, Jr., and has two children, Billy and Christine, who are serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Real Estate
  • Government Contracting
  • Banking
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Director and Officer Fiduciary Duties
  • Miller Act
  • Military Law and Commercial Litigation


  • Florida State University. Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1998
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Master of Business Administration, 1980
  • University of Virginia. B.S. Commerce, 1974
  • Chair, First Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee B.
  • Member Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee
  • Order of Daedalians, Bud Day Flight
  • Senior Attorney Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Law Review Executive Editor – Florida State University College of Law (1997-1998)
  • Law Review Outstanding Contributor – Florida State University College of Law (1997-1998)
  • Author of Monthly Legal Articles for the Destin Log newspaper
  • Author of “Florida’s Citizen Constitutional Ballot Initiatives: Fishing to Change the Process and Limit Subject Matter,” Florida State University Law Review (1998)
  • Distinguished Graduate and Outstanding Section Contributor – Squadron Officer School (1980)
  • 416 Bomb Wing Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year (1980)
  • Air Force R.O.T.C. Four Year Scholarship (1970-1974)
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • Federal: Court of Federal Claims
  • Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • State Courts: Florida, Georgia and New York
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court