Latino Leaders magazine has recognized Squire Patton Boggs partner Gonzalo C. Martinez as one of its 2016 Top Latino Leaders, which recognizes individuals who hold the skills and ability to lead others in the legal industry and make a real impact in the Latino community.
Mr. Martinez is a partner in the Appellate & Supreme Court Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office. He handles complex disputes in appellate and trial courts nationwide involving products liability, consumer class actions, constitutional law, employment law, real estate and commercial litigation. Mr. Martinez is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization – the highest level of valuation by the State Bar of California of competency within an area of law.
He has worked on a number of cases that have shaped the law nationwide. Mr. Martinez was part of the team persuading the US Supreme Court that US courts had no jurisdiction over a major foreign automobile manufacturer based on the business contacts of its subsidiary; that case established the new standard for general personal jurisdiction. He is currently representing a major tire manufacturer in the US Supreme Court on the due process limitations of federal courts’ sanctioning powers. Mr. Martinez also worked on the case where the high court ordered the state of California to relieve unconstitutional overcrowding in its prisons. He has argued several times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and several California appellate courts, overturning million-dollar terminating sanctions against an individual foreign client and reversing a jury verdict of fraud.
Well-known within the Latino and legal communities, Mr. Martinez is active in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), currently serving on the Amicus Committee, and is Deputy Regional President for Northern California. He previously served on the HNBA’s Board of Governors and was LGBT Division Chair. Additionally, Mr. Martinez received a three-year appointment to the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco, serves as a member of the Appellate Practice Committee of the ABA and is a Harvard College Interviewer.
The full list of winners is available on Latino Leaders’ website.