Martis Alex concentrates her practice on prosecuting complex litigation on behalf of institutional investors. She has extensive experience litigating complex nationwide cases, including securities class actions as well as product liability and consumer fraud litigation. She has successfully represented investors and consumers in cases that achieved cumulative recoveries of hundreds of millions of dollars for plaintiffs. Martis currently represents several foreign financial institutions, seeking recoveries of over a billion dollars in losses in their RMBS investments. She also currently represents domestic pension funds in securities related litigation.
Martis was lead trial counsel and Chair of the Executive Committee in the Zenith Laboratories Securities Litigation, a federal securities fraud class action which settled during trial and achieved a significant recovery for investors. She also was lead trial counsel in the Napp Technologies Litigation, where she won substantial recoveries for families and firefighters injured in a chemical plant explosion.
Martis played a key role in litigating In re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation (over $1 billion in settlements, pending final approval). She was also an integral part of the team that successfully litigated In re Bristol-Myers Squibb Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $185 million settlement for investors and secured meaningful corporate governance reforms that will affect future consumers and investors alike.
Martis served as co-lead counsel in several securities class actions that achieved substantial awards for investors, including Cadence Design Securities Litigation, Halsey Drug Securities Litigation, Slavin v. Morgan Stanley, Lubliner v. Maxtor Corp. and Baden v. Northwestern Steel and Wire. She also served on the Executive Committees in national product liability actions against the manufacturers of breast implants, orthopedic bone screws, and atrial pacemakers, and was a member of the Plaintiffs’ Legal Committee in the national litigation against the tobacco companies.
Martis is the author of “Women in the Law: Many Mentors, Many Lessons: A Baby Boomer’s Perspective,” New York Law Journal, November 8, 2010; and the co-author of “Role of the Event Study in Loss Causation Analysis,” New York Law Journal, August 20, 2009.
Prior to entering private practice, Martis was a trial lawyer with the Sacramento, California District Attorney’s Office. She is a frequent speaker on various legal topics at national conferences and was an invited speaker at the Federal Judicial Conference. She was also an invited participant at the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Seminar and is a recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Award for Excellence in Advocacy.