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DECADES OF EXPERIENCE
LITIGATING HUNDREDS OF APPEALS

About Martin Buchanan

Martin Buchanan has handled approximately 350 appeals and writs in state and federal appellate courts. He has litigated appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the federal Courts of Appeals for the Second, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, the California Supreme Court, all six districts of the California Court of Appeal, and state appellate courts in Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, and New Jersey.

Martin is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Martin briefed, argued, and won a unanimous decision in the U.S. Supreme Court in Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., 131 S.Ct. 1131 (2011).

In 2012, California Lawyer magazine awarded Martin its prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in the appellate category. Super Lawyers has ranked Martin as the one of the top 3 lawyers in San Diego for five consecutive years from 2015-2019.  For a complete list of Martin’s honors and awards, click on “Professional Recognition & Activities” below.

Martin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He served as a law clerk for the late Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham of the Northern District of California. Martin also worked as a senior staff attorney for Justice Cynthia G. Aaron of the California Court of Appeal in San Diego.

See also: Professional Recognition & Activities