Efficient Litigation For Business, Corporate And Real Estate Disputes
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Manuel A. Martinez

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Litigation & Appeals


For over 35 years I have represented individuals, real estate developers, commercial landlords, and closely held companies (corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships) in California State and Federal Courts. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of business litigation including breach of contract, business fraud, partnership disputes, limited liability company member disputes, embezzlement, alter ego, negligence, and in a wide range of commercial real estate litigation, including breach of lease, ownership/quiet title disputes, boundary disputes, easements, mechanic's lien, and extinguishing liens and lis pendens from title. I have won the overwhelming majority of the bench trials, jury trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings for which I was lead attorney. I have a strong track record of successful settlements, including recognition in 2017 by TopVerdict.com for one of the top 100 settlements in California. Lawsuits and arbitrations are inherently time consuming and expensive. My approach is to be as efficient as circumstances allow and achieve the best result for my clients, while trying to avoid unnecessary, and expensive, disputes during the pre-trial motion and discovery process.


  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
    • J.D.
  • Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History

Bar Admission

  • California, 1984

Representative Cases

  • Holden v. Hagopian, 978 F.2d 1115 (9th Cir. 1992) , Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Best Lawyers In America 2017 - 2019

Representative Clients

  • WTI, Inc.
  • Riverview Development IV LLC
  • 350 WSJ LLC

Past Positions

  • Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP, Partner, 1992 to 2020
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Associate, 1984 to 1992

Professional Associations

  • California State Bar Litigation Section, Member, 1992 to Present
  • California State Bar Real Estate Section, Member, 2000 to Present