Nico Martinez has been with Bartlit Beck since 2016. Nico has significant trial experience in complex, high-stakes cases in state and federal courts across the country.
In the six trials Nico has had since joining Bartlit Beck, he has cross-examined expert and fact witnesses, picked a jury, and argued key motions. Nico contributed to Bartlit Beck's major trial successes for PricewaterhouseCoopers and UnitedHealthcare, and he helped secure a complete defense verdict in an $800 million breach of contract case brought against shareholders of a privately held oil and gas company. Nico earned another complete defense verdict as co-lead trial counsel representing the Cook County Clerk's Office in a federal employment lawsuit.
Prior to joining Bartlit Beck, Nico clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of the Supreme Court of California.
Nico graduated from Stanford Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Stanford Law Review and member of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic team that represented Edith Windsor in her successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Cases Tried or Otherwise Taken to Judgment
Sunrise Hospital System v. Sierra Health Services (JAMS 2019)
Trial counsel for UnitedHealthcare's affiliate, Sierra, in an arbitration initiated by HCA Healthcare's affiliate, Sunrise, alleging underpayments for medical services. Case resolved on confidential terms.
Grynberg v. Grynberg (District Court, Arapahoe County, Colorado 2019)
Trial counsel for defendants in bench trial involving equitable claims for unjust enrichment and quantum meruit brought by the founder of a group of privately held oil and gas companies, including claims for compensation for services and assets previously provided to the companies. Plaintiff sought $400 million in compensation at trial. Won a complete defense verdict. Case currently on appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
Burroughs v. Cook County Clerk's Office (N.D. Ill. 2019)
Co-lead 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.
Gadeco, LLC v. Grynberg (District Court, Arapahoe County, Colorado 2019)
Trial counsel for defendants in jury trial involving claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty brought by the founder of a group of privately held oil and gas companies against the shareholders and board members following his removal as President and Chairman. Plaintiff sought injunctive relief and $800 million in damages at trial. Won a complete defense verdict. Case currently on appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals.
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.
See Forbes article here.
Pro Bono Cases
Fogleman v. Mississippi (U.S. Supreme Court 2020)
Counsel of record for Mississippi inmate seeking certiorari in Sixth Amendment case.
Jordan v. Texas (U.S. Supreme Court 2019)
Counsel of record for Texas inmate who sought certiorari in Sixth Amendment case.
Grant v. Chamberlain et al. (N.D. Ill. 2018-2019)
Trial counsel for Illinois 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 Illinois inmate who brought a section 1983 lawsuit based on unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Case resolved on confidential terms.
Thompson v. Vidurria et al. (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 2017-2018)
Appellate counsel for California inmate who brought a section 1983 lawsuit based on deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Case resolved on confidential terms.
Acknowledgements, Presentations, and Publications
Education & Honors
Stanford Law School, 2013, J.D.
Stanford Law Review
Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
Pro Bono Distinction
Stanford University, 2007, B.A. in Political Science, with Honors and Distinction
Phi Beta Kappa
- Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Supreme Court of California, 2015-2016
- Honorable Lucy H. Koh, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2014-2015
- 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
- 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