Education & Honors

Stanford Law School, J.D., 2013

Stanford Law Review

Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Pro Bono Distinction

Stanford University, B.A. in Political Science, 2007, with Honors and Distinction

Phi Beta Kappa

Government service

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Supreme Court of California, 2015 – 2016

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Lucy H. Koh, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2014 – 2015

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2013 – 2014

Legislative Correspondent, Honorable Harry M. Reid, United States Senate, 2007 – 2008

Bar admissions

California

Illinois

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Nicolas L. Martinez

Chicago Office
Courthouse Place
54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
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Professional Practice

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.

Publications

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).