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Craig C. Martin of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to Serve as Independent Advisor to Longford Capital

CHICAGO, June 23, 2021 - Longford Capital Management, LP today announced that Craig C. Martin of the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has begun serving as an Independent Advisor to Longford Capital.

Mr. Martin serves as Chairman, Midwest, a member of the Executive Committee, and a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie. Mr. Martin is recognized as a leading national trial lawyer. His clients include major companies in Chicago and across the country, and some of the nation’s most influential families, and he regularly appears as lead counsel in trials and appeals in state and federal courts as well as in domestic and international arbitrations.

Mr. Martin frequently speaks and writes on a variety of business and legal topics. Among his recognitions, he is listed in Chicago Magazine’s “Power 100,” a list of Chicago’s most powerful people and Crain’s Chicago Business “Who’s Who” in Chicago civic, professional, and cultural leaders. He is also highly ranked in Chambers USA (2021), which states that “he is great from the courtroom to boardroom, is unflappable in difficult situations and his skills as a trial lawyer are extraordinary.” Chambers has previously highlighted Mr. Martin’s “impressive intellect and great demeanor,” which are “very helpful in high-stakes contentious matters.” In the latest edition of Chambers USA (2021) Mr. Martin is ranked as a leading lawyer in four areas: Litigation: Trial Lawyers (National); ERISA Litigation (National); Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois); and Intellectual Property (Illinois).

Mr. Martin has appeared in The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” column for his courtroom successes, and has been featured in The National Law Journal’s “Masters of the Courtroom Winning Litigators” special report honoring trial lawyers for their victories in high-stakes matters.

Additionally, Mr. Martin teaches trial advocacy at the Harvard Law School and frequently presents at the Stanford Directors’ College on a number of legal topics, including crisis management. He serves on the Aspen Institute board of trustees, as well as the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the Crown Family Philanthropies, the Urban League of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the University of Chicago Law School Advisory Council. He is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago. For nearly a decade, Mr. Martin served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.

Mr. Martin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 850 attorneys with offices in New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, and Rome.

About Longford Capital

Longford Capital is a private investment company that provides capital to leading law firms, public and private companies, research universities, government agencies, and other entities involved in large-scale, commercial legal disputes. Longford was one of the first litigation funds in the United States and is among the world’s largest litigation finance companies with more than $1 billion in assets under management. Typically, Longford funds attorneys’ fees and other costs necessary to pursue meritorious legal claims in return for a share of a favorable settlement or award. The firm manages a diversified portfolio, and considers investments in subject matter areas where it has developed considerable expertise, including, business-to-business contract claims, antitrust and trade regulation claims, intellectual property claims (including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret), fiduciary duty claims, fraud claims, claims in bankruptcy and liquidation, domestic and international arbitrations, claim monetization, insurance matters, and a variety of others.

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