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Roman Martinez, former Deputy Office Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office, represents clients in their highest stakes appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as in federal and state appellate courts around the country.
Mr. Martinez handles civil and criminal matters involving a wide range of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues.
Mr. Martinez has argued 13 cases in the Supreme Court, including important cases in the fields of the First Amendment, arbitration, copyright, patent law, criminal law, civil rights, employment, and civil and criminal procedure. In addition, he has argued dozens of appeals in the D.C., Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, as well as in New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee appellate courts, among others.
In the 2022 Supreme Court Term, Mr. Martinez prevailed in Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools, in which the Court expanded legal protections for children with disabilities. Last year, he also successfully argued ZF Automotive v. Luxshare, in which the Supreme Court clarified that US courts lack authority to grant discovery for use in private commercial arbitrations conducted abroad, and Vega v. Tekoh, in which the Court clarified the scope of civil liability for violations of Miranda v. Arizona.
In the 2020 Term, Mr. Martinez was part of teams that successfully represented Facebook and the Government of Guam in unanimous Supreme Court victories under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and Comprehensive Environmental, Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) statutes.
Since November 2018, Mr. Martinez has persuaded the Supreme Court to grant certiorari in 10 cases. He has also repeatedly persuaded the Court to deny certiorari in high profile cases, including the State of Connecticut’s criminal prosecution of Michael Skakel.
Over the past five years, Mr. Martinez’s other appellate wins have included:
- Eight victories in securities class actions or derivative lawsuits, in the Second, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits, including a 6-5 en banc victory upholding a forum-selection clause limiting derivative claims to Delaware court
- Victory overturning a US$37 million adverse jury verdict based on asbestos-related product liability claims, in the New Jersey Appellate Division
- Victories overturning a US$31 million adverse jury verdict based on fraud and contract claims, in Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
- Victory overturning a US$23 million adverse jury verdict based on a defamation claim arising from a shareholder proxy fight, in the Fourth Circuit
- Victory in an antitrust class action alleging extraterritorial violations of the Sherman Act, in the Second Circuit
- En banc victory unanimously overturning (11-0) circuit precedent restricting veterans’ rights to challenge unlawful action by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in the Federal Circuit
In 2016, Mr. Martinez rejoined Latham after serving as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the US Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the Supreme Court of the United States and to then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit.
From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Martinez served as an advisor on the Iraqi political and constitutional process, in various roles at the White House, at the US Embassy and Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and at the US Department of Defense. He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism and the US Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award for his service in Iraq.
Mr. Martinez serves on the US Chamber of Commerce’s Administrative Law & Government Litigation Advisory Committee, on the Advisory Council of the Federal Circuit, and the Federalist Society’s Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group. He previously served as a member of the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures and the US District Court for the District of Columbia’s Committee on Grievances.
Mr. Martinez’s commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications, and he has appeared on PBS NewsHour and other television programs to discuss the Supreme Court.