Martis Alex

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Overview

Overview

Martis Alex prosecutes complex litigation on behalf of consumers as well as domestic and international institutional investors. She has extensive experience litigating mass tort and class action cases nationwide, specifically in the areas of consumer fraud, products liability, and securities fraud. She has successfully represented consumers and investors in cases that achieved cumulative recoveries of hundreds of millions of dollars for plaintiffs.

Named one of Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation and a nationwide Litigation Star, Martis is an elected member of the Firm's Executive Committee and chairs the Firm's Consumer Protection 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.

Consumer Protection & Products Liability Litigation
Martis leads the Firm's team litigating the consumer class action against auto manufacturers over keyless ignition carbon monoxide deaths, as well as the first nationwide consumer class action concerning defective Takata-made airbags.

Previously, she 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.

Martis was a court-appointed member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees in national product liability actions against the manufacturers of orthopedic bone screws (In re Orthopedic Bone Screw Products Liability Litigation), atrial pacemakers (In re Telectronics Pacing Systems, Inc. Accufix Atrial "J" Leads Product Liability Litigation), latex gloves (In re Latex Gloves Products Liability Litigation), and suppliers of defective auto paint (In re Ford Motor Company Vehicle Paint). She played a leadership role in the national litigation against the tobacco companies (Castano v. American Tobacco Co.) and in the prosecution of the national breast implant litigation (In re Silicone Gel Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation).

Securities Litigation
Martis represents several foreign financial institutions seeking recoveries of more than a billion dollars in losses in their RMBS investments.

Martis played a key role in litigating In re American International Group, Inc. Securities Litigation, recovering more than $1 billion in settlements for investors. She was 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 acted as 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. In addition, she served as co-lead counsel in several securities class actions that attained 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.

Martis began her career as a trial lawyer with the Sacramento, California District Attorney's Office, where she tried over 30 cases to verdict. She has spoken on various legal topics at national conferences and is a recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers' Award for Excellence in Advocacy.

Martis founded the Lillian C. Spencer Fund, a charitable organization that provides scholarships to underprivileged American children and emergency dental care to refugee children in Guatemala. She is a Director of the BARKA Foundation, which provides fresh water to villages in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and contributes to her local community through her work with Coalition for the Homeless and New York Cares.

Education

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law
J.D., 1977

California State University - Sacramento
M.A., Psychology, 1974

California State University - Sacramento
B.A., 1970

Admissions

1977, California
1981, New York

1978, U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals
1988, Second Circuit

U.S. District Court
1978, Western District of Washington
1982, Southern District of New York
1995, Eastern District of New York
2010, Central District of California

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