Jane Howard-Martin

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Jane Howard-Martin is vice president and assistant general counsel for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) and manages the Labor, Employment, Immigration, Benefits and Trade Secrets practice. Howard-Martin leads the labor and employment practice group that is responsible for providing legal advice and counsel and managing litigation and labor matters for a workforce of 33,993 based in our North America affiliates, including the nine North American Manufacturing Centers (NAMCs), R&D, Finance, and Headquarters functions.   

Prior to joining Toyota in 2003, Howard-Martin was a partner with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP in their Los Angeles and Pittsburgh offices, and previously was a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

Howard-Martin has been featured in a number of publications and symposiums. She authored a column on employment issues for USAToday.com, a treatise on Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and served on the Editorial Review Board of the Pennsylvania Labor Letter.  Howard-Martin also appeared as a panelist on MSNBC’s “Today in America” on the issue of harassment. She is a frequent speaker on employment law topics at various conferences including those held by the ABA, the National Employment Law Council, and the American Employment Law Council. In November 2020, Howard-Martin received the ABA Honorable Bernice B. Donald Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award.  She is the past President (2009) and currently serves on the board of directors of the California Employment Law Council and is also a board member of the American Employment Law Council.  She is also a fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  

Howard-Martin earned a BA from Harvard University in 1979 and received her juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1982.  

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Gus Martin, who is on the facility at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  In her free time, she enjoys ballroom and hip-hop dancing, trying international recipes, writing historical fiction, and travel.



My Articles

DEI, ESQ: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI, Esq. columnists Olesja Cormney, Jane Howard-Martin, Connie Almond, Jennifer N. Jones, and Meyling Ly Ortiz explore the benefits of using AI for DEI in the workplace and provide useful tips in-house counsel can use to ensure compliance with relevant laws. #ACCDocket #inhouse #DEI

DEI, ESQ.: Age Is Not Just a Number — Embrace Generational Diversity

Let’s be frank – out of all aspects of diversity and inclusion preoccupying our minds, generational or age diversity is likely last on the priority list. That is, if it is even on the list. Learn why that’s a mistake and how to counter it to the benefit of your staff and business. #ACCDocket, #DEI

The Forgotten Piece of DEI: Cultural Intelligence

Organizations should consider cultural intelligence (CQ) as part of their #DEI strategy. DEI, Esq. columnists Jane Howard-Martin, Connie Almond, Olesja Cormney, Jennifer N. Jones, and Meyling Ly Ortiz and the Cultural Intelligence Center break down the essentials of CQ and how you can implement it in your workplace. #ACCDocket