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C.F Martin & Co. Welcomes John McElroy As New In-House General Counsel



C.F Martin & Co. Welcomes John McElroy As New In-House General Counsel

Monday, May 04 2015 08:50

NAZARETH, PA - Leading acoustic guitar maker C.F. Martin & Co. is pleased to welcome John McElroy as the company’s new in-house general counsel. McElroy’s dual passions for law and playing guitar make him uniquely qualified to handle the various aspects of his new position at Martin Guitar. Bringing over 14 years of extensive experience in banking, commercial law, and litigation, McElroy’s primary responsibilities as general counsel will include focusing on intellectual property issues, vendor contracts, artist endorsement contracts, as well as more general corporate issues from compliance and environmental issues to human resources, to coordinating with the various outside specialty counsels. 
“John’s strength in navigating the legal landscape and providing counsel regarding important industry issues and policies make him a key new addition to the Martin Guitar organization,” said Chris Martin IV, Chairman and CEO of Martin Guitar.
“I am honored to be a part of the wonderful Martin team here in Nazareth and thrilled to be able to play a small role in the renowned Martin story,” said John McElroy. “I look forward to using my legal and musical experience to help Martin to continue to make the finest instruments and strings in the world". When not practicing law, McElroy has been fulfilling his musical dreams as a semi-professional guitarist for almost 24 years, performing throughout Allegheny County with his band at club gigs and local private/charity music events. 
A Pennsylvania native, McElroy graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and earned his Juris Doctorate in Law from Duquesne University School of Law.

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C. F. Martin & Co. ( has been creating the finest instruments in the world for 182 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards, including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. One of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and techniques, along with those introduced by the company founder.

The company is also known for producing high-quality, popular acoustic guitar strings. These include the Martin SP® LIFESPAN™ line, the fastest-growing treated string in the industry, and the Martin SP line, which uses an industry leading core wire to hold tunings better.

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Amani Duncan
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C. F. Martin & Co.

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