Senior Litigation Counsel @ Thomas More Society
Martin Cannon is one of several Senior Litigation Counsel at Thomas More Society. In his 30 year career in state and federal courts, he has emphasized pro-life litigation and legislation, and the continuous defense of sidewalk counselors. He has defended over 40 cases on behalf of sidewalk counselors brought at the behest of Nebraska’s late term abortionist Leroy Carhart and, with fellow Thomas More attorney Matthew Heffron, obtained the jury acquittal of Catholic priest Fr. Norman Weslin on federal FACE charges arising out of events at the Carhart clinic.
Since joining Thomas More Society, Mr. Cannon has tried significant cases with a winning record in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Alabama and New York. He has resolved other cases in favor of sidewalk counselors without trial in those and many other states. On behalf of 10 Thomas More Society clients, he was lead counsel in defeating New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Federal Court effort to shut down the activities of sidewalk counselors around one of the country’s biggest abortion clinics.
The Thomas More Society is a founding member of Iowa’s Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders. As its representative to the coalition, Mr. Cannon has actively assisted the coalition and legislators in drafting and passing pro-life legislation, and recently represented Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the people of Iowa in defense of Iowa’s Heartbeat Law.