Traci Martinez is a member of the firm’s Global Board and is an experienced civil litigation and labor and employment lawyer advising public and private sector clients across various industries. Notably, a large portion of her employment clients represent the manufacturing, public school and park district industries.

    As part of her practice, Traci regularly counsels employers on compliance with federal and state laws impacting the employer/employee relationship, including covenants not to compete, trade secrets, independent contractor issues, social media law, the Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA.

    When Traci is not on the telephone advising clients on the myriad of employment issues they may face, she is spending 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. Most recently, Traci obtained a complete defense verdict defending a utility locating company in a gas explosion case involving a fatality, multiple personal injuries and extensive claims of property damage. Numerous related lawsuits are ongoing.

    Traci is a regular contributor to the firm’s Employment Law Worldview blog, which aims to interest, educate and stimulate discussion with global insight into practical and legal HR issues relevant to employers everywhere. Traci is also a regular seminar speaker on issues such as civil litigation strategies, social media and employment discrimination matters.

    Prior to attending law school, Traci was an elementary school teacher. Currently, Traci serves as a board member for HandsOn Central Ohio and Experience Columbus. Traci also regularly volunteers her time to advance important diversity initiatives within the firm and her community, including The Ohio State Moritz College of Law and the Hispanic National Bar Association. She is a 2016-2017 fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and part of the 2015-2016 Leadership Columbus class. She is also a member of the firm’s eDiscovery & Data Management team, the Inclusion & Diversity Committee and Ohio Schools Group.

    Traci is a Rising Star in the 2014-2018 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers.

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    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., formatting editor, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 2008
    • University of Houston, M.A., 2001
    • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1998

    Admissions

    • Missouri, 2015
    • Ohio, 2008
    • Pennsylvania (pending)

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct. W. Dist. Of Missouri
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Columbus Bar Association
    • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2016 - 2017
    • Named, Columbus Business First’s “Forty under 40” Class of 2016
    • Selected, Leadership Columbus Class, 2015-2016
    • Recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a listing of the top up-and-coming lawyers in Ohio

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