Jason C. Johnson, President
(voting member—January 2019 - Present)
Alfred S. Regnery, Chairman
(voting member—January 1993 - Present)
John J. Burke, Vice Chairman
(Independent/Voting member—october 2013 - present)
Daniel J. DeSimone, Secretary-Treasurer (independent/Voting member—January 2013 - Present)
J. Kenneth Blackwell, Director
(independent/voting member—February 2015 - Present)
Ron Hosko, Director
(Voting Member—April 2014 - Present)
EDWIN MEESE III, DIRECTOR
(INDEPENDENT/VOTING MEMBER—JANUARY 1993 - PRESENT)
WM. Bradford Reynolds, Director
(Independent/voting member—January 1993 - Present)
David H. Martin (1939 - 2014)
LELDF Founder and Chairman
David H. Martin was the founder of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, an organization that provides assistance to police officers unfairly charged with a crime or a civil offense while acting in the line of duty, serving as its Chairman for more than 18 years. David passed away on March 28, 2014 after a three-year battle with cancer. Despite his struggles with this debilitating disease, he remained active in LELDF until almost the last day of his life.
David Martin founded LELDF in 1993 and built the organization into the most successful legal defense group for police officersin the country. Readers of the LELDF newsletter, With Justice for All, became familiar with Dave through his “From the Chairman” column. Few but the beleaguered officers themselves knew that Dave not only researched and recommended all the cases, but he got actively involved in nearly every one. He attended their trials, provided legal counsel and expert witnesses, advised the officers, consoled family members, and raised money for the defense teams.
The mission of LELDF is to provide legal assistance in court challenges to legitimate law enforcement activity. Over the past 20 years, LELDF has taken on dozens of cases of police officers who have been charged or sued for doing their job. The Board of Directors is committed to continue in this important objective despite the large void that has been created by the loss of our beloved chairman, Dave Martin.
Prior to founding LELDF, Dave Martin was President of the Legal Services Corporation, the government-funded entity that provides legal support to the poor; and the first Director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Ronald Reagan, a position he held for five years (1983-1988). From 1978-1983, he worked in a private law firm, where he handled many cases for the National Rifle Association. Dave was also Chief Counsel for the Secret Service, serving under President Richard Nixon during the Watergate era, and Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
Dave leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Carol Dianne (Briggs) Martin; two children, Jennifer Ruth, wife of Peter Minnelli; and Charles David Martin; and two grandchildren, Ruby and Marion Minnelli.
Dave’s final wish was that LELDF would carry forth its mission to serve our brave police officers. Dave was very grateful for all of LELDF’s donors, large and small, who have sustained our organization for the past 20 years, making it possible to come to the aid of so many officers in need. We are confident that we will be able to persevere if you continue to support our efforts. Thanks for being a loyal supporter LELDF—and for your thoughts and prayers for Dave and his family.