Consumer Attorneys of California has awarded the 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award to Martin and his co-counsel, Tom Girardi, David Lira, and Richard Burbidge, for their work in Williamson v. Mazda Motor Corporation, a seat belt defect case against Mazda that settled this year after 13 years of litigation, including a successful trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Best Lawyers has named Martin as one of four 2018 Lawyers of the Year in appellate practice for southern California. Best Lawyers highlights one attorney in a particular location and practice area who received the highest votes from his or her peers in a given year. Martin is the only San Diego lawyer named as Lawyer of the Year in the appellate practice area.
The Court of Appeal has reversed an inverse condemnation judgment against Martin’s client, a public irrigation district. The court found that the irrigation district’s canal did not cause the flooding of a neighboring farmer’s property in a heavy rainstorm.
The Court of Appeal has affirmed a judgment in favor of Martin’s client, a plaintiff’s law firm, arising out of the settlement of a mass tort case.
Consumer Attorneys of California has named Martin and his co-counsel, David Lira and Tom Girardi, as finalists for the 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year award for their work in Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., 560 U.S. 923 (2010). Martin argued and won the case in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011, and it was finally resolved by his co-counsel this year.
The Court of Appeal has reversed a judgment against Martin’s client, a hotel owner, and reinstated a lawsuit it brought against Red Robin for breaching an agreement to allow it to take over a Red Robin restaurant within the hotel after the tenant ceased operating it.
The Ninth Circuit has reversed the dismissal of retaliation claims brought by Martin’s clients, three lieutenants at the Buena Park Police Department. They sued the Police Department for retaliating against them for participating in a prior lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to an $11.5 million settlement obtained on behalf of thousands of bus drivers for Labor Code violations stemming from missed meal and rest periods and off-the-clock work. Martin represented the bus drivers in defending the settlement on appeal.