Martin D. Parsons | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Martin D. Parsons

Adjunct Professor of Law

Martin Parsons earned his B.A. at Western Illinois University in 2006 and his J.D. at Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2015. He is licensed in Illinois and Missouri, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He is also an Accredited Attorney for claims for veteran’s benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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, he served in Iraq from 2005-06 with the 2-130th Infantry Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He joined the firm of Rhode & Jackson, P.C. in Carbondale as an associate after graduating from law school, where he practices Employment Law and Business and Transactional Law.

As a retired veteran, he has a strong interest in military employment law issues, especially issues related to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA Standing Committee on Military Affairs, Jackson County Bar Association, Southern Illinois American Inns of Court, Southern Illinois Veterans Coalition, and the American Legion Post 384.