Exceptional Senior Female Leadership
Securities Litigation & Consumer Protection Litigation PracticesNamed one of Benchmark Litigation's 2015 Top 250 Women in Litigation, Martis is an elected member of the Firm's Executive Committee and chairs the Firm's Consumer Protection Litigation Practice as well as the Women's Initiative. Martis is also an Executive Council member of Ellevate, a global professional network dedicated to advancing women's leadership across industries.
Martis currently leads the Firm's team litigating the first nationwide consumer class action concerning defective Takata-made airbags. Previously, Martis acted as lead trial counsel and Co-Chair of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Napp Technologies Explosion Litigation, where she won substantial recoveries for families and firefighters injured in a chemical plant explosion.
In her securities litigation practice, Martis has represented several foreign financial institutions seeking recoveries of more than a billion dollars in losses in their RMBS investments. She also played a key role in litigating In re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation, recovering more than $1 billion in settlements for investors.
In addition to her private practice, Martis founded the Lillian C. Spencer Fund, a charitable organization that has provided scholarships to underprivileged American children and emergency dental care to refugee children in Guatemala. She is also a Director of the BARKA Foundation, which provides fresh water to villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She contributes to her community through her work with Coalition of the Homeless and New York Cares.
Chair of Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights Litigation Practice
Christine S. Azar is the Chair of the Firm's Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights Litigation Practice. A longtime advocate of shareholder rights, Christine prosecutes complex derivative and transactional litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and throughout the United States.
As co-lead counsel, Christine has secured landmark settlements, including the second largest derivative settlement in Court of Chancery history, $153.75 million in In re Freeport-McMoRAn Copper & Gold Inc. Derivative Litigation, and $110 million in In re El Paso Corporation Shareholder Litigation.
Affirming her commitment to improving shareholder rights and strengthening investor protection against corporate misbehavior, Christine has been featured on The National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot List, recommended by The Legal 500, ranked by Chambers & Partners USA as a leading lawyer in Delaware, named a Securities Litigation Star in Delaware by Benchmark Litigation as well as one of Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation.
A Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in the Office of the Child Advocate, Christine has represented children in foster care in the state of Delaware to ensure that their physical needs are being met and their legal rights are protected.