Martha S. Sullivan is a member of both Squire Patton Boggs’ Litigation and Financial Services Practice Groups. She co-leads the firm’s global Financial Services Litigation Practice, which includes litigators and dispute resolution lawyers in the US, the UK and countries throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Martha represents financial institutions and non-traditional lenders and financial services companies. Her practice focuses on financial services and banking litigation, disputes relating to complex financial instruments and other commercial contract disputes, claims arising out of Ponzi schemes and other alleged frauds, consumer protection and lender liability claims, director and officer liability defense, and trade secret/noncompetition litigation.
Martha has considerable experience in multidistrict litigation and class action defense, including defense of regional, national and global banks in consumer finance class actions, commercial and contract disputes, business torts, and regulatory actions. She has significant litigation experience in protection and enforcement of creditors’ rights including commercial foreclosure, loan workouts and arbitration.
Martha has litigated commercial and consumer actions in state and federal courts throughout the US, and in arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She is experienced in conflict of laws and other complex jurisdictional issues, as well as the intersection of US state and federal discovery requirements and the laws of other countries, and the interplay of litigation with regulatory requirements and actions. She has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer 2011-2017, a distinction honoring the top five percent of lawyers in the state.
Within the legal and business communities, Martha is a frequent presenter on litigation issues and trends in the financial services sector, class action and MDL issues, complex litigation, electronic discovery, and associate retention/professional development issues.
Martha serves on our technology focus group, is a member of the Diversity Committee, she is active in the “Women in Law” initiative in the Cleveland office, focusing on professional and business development issues and opportunities of interest to female lawyers. She also serves as our Cleveland litigation associate training coordinator and is a member of the Cleveland office’s hiring committee.
In 2010 Martha was appointed by The Honorable Kathleen McDonald O’Malley to The Ohio Advisory Group of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She has also served as adjunct professor in the appellate advocacy program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Martha served as a member of the board of trustees of the Fund for the Future of Shaker Heights, which develops and maintains programs to encourage desegregation of residential neighborhoods through a variety of programs including low-interest loans to homebuyers whose home purchases constitute a desegregating purchase. She was the vice president of the Fund’s board, the co-chair of the Fund’s Program Committee and a member of the Loan Committee.
Prior to joining the firm, Martha was a judicial clerk to The Honorable Burt W. Griffin and the Honorable Richard J. McMonagle, both of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.