Nicolas L. Martinez
Bartlit Beck LLP, 2016 – Present, Associate
Cases tried or otherwise taken to judgment
FDIC & Colonial BancGroup v. PwC (M.D. Ala. 2017-2018)
Defended PwC against Colonial Bank and the FDIC in a suit filed after the collapse of PwC’s audit client Colonial Bank. Colonial Bank sought several hundred million dollars in damages. The FDIC sought over $2 billion in actual damages, plus unspecified punitive damages. Following a bench trial on liability, the Court ruled for PwC on the entirety of Colonial Bank’s claim. The Court ruled against PwC on some of the FDIC’s claims and in favor of PwC on others. The Court also ruled in favor of PwC on the FDIC’s request for punitive damages. Following a bench trial on damages, the Court awarded the FDIC $625 million. Before judgment was entered, and while post-trial motions were pending, the parties settled the case for $335 million. One member of the FDIC’s board of directors publicly dissented from the settlement because it did not contain an acknowledgment of liability by PwC.
Burroughs v. Cook County Clerk’s Office (N.D. Ill. 2019)
Trial counsel for the defendants in lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtained a full defense verdict following a four-day jury trial.
Pro Bono Cases
Jordan v. Texas (U.S. 2019)
Counsel of record for Texas state inmate seeking certiorari in Sixth Amendment case.
Grant v. Chamberlain et al. (N.D. Ill. 2018-19)
Trial counsel for an Illinois state inmate who brought a section 1983 lawsuit based on deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.
Perkins v. Williams et al. (N.D. Ill. 2018)
Trial counsel for an Illinois state inmate who brought a section 1983 lawsuit based on unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Case settled favorably.
Thompson v. Vidurria et al. (9th Cir. 2017-18)
Appellate counsel for a California state inmate who brought a section 1983 lawsuit based on deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Case settled favorably.
Pinching the President’s Prosecutorial Prerogative: Can Congress Use Its Purse Power to Block Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s Transfer to the United States?, 64 Stan. L. Rev. 1469 (2012).
Pulling the Plug on the Virtual Jury: Why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Should Not Be Tried at Guantanamo by Jurors Sitting in New York City, 65 Stan. L. Rev. Online 47 (2012).
Debt to Society? The Washington State Legislature’s Efforts to Restore Voting Rights to Persons with Felony Convictions, 22 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 329 (2011).