Traci Martinez is a member of the firm’s Global Board and is the deputy office managing partner of the Columbus, Ohio, office. She is an experienced civil litigation and labor and employment lawyer. Traci has a unique and broad practice that focuses on the business objectives of her clients, whether through counseling, litigation or transactional matters. Traci is also a demonstrated leader in the Central Ohio community.
As a member of the firm’s Global Board, Traci assists in the strategic planning of the firm’s initiatives, including expansion into new markets, such as Asia and Italy. She is also instrumental in the evaluation and advancement of partners across the firm and has led the planning of the firm’s global partners’ meetings.
In her practice, Traci spends a large portion of her time devoted to trial work, which is a true passion. She has successfully tried numerous cases and obtained full defense verdicts in multiple jurisdictions concerning discrimination, contracts, catastrophic claims and disputes involving electrical, communication and gas utilities matters.
A trusted adviser to employers across the US, Traci regularly counsels boards of directors and C-suites on the complex employment issues they face, including alleged sex-harassment claims and threatened executive takeovers. She also advises employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including covenants not to compete, trade secrets, independent contractor issues, social media law, the FMLA, Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA.
Traci regularly volunteers her time to advance diversity initiatives within the firm and her community. Currently, she serves as vice-chair of the firm’s Advancing Women’s Task Force and is consistently recognized for her efforts relating to diversity and inclusion. She was selected by Latino Leaders magazine as a Top Latino Lawyer and Most Powerful Women in Law, earned Profile’s in Diversity magazine’s Women Worth Watching Leadership Award, and was shortlisted for Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession – Chambers USA Women in Law Awards.
Prior to attending law school, Traci was an elementary school teacher. Currently, she is an Executive Committee member of Experience Columbus and is a member of its Board of Directors, where she is serving a term as Secretary.