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.

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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

    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
    • Selected, Lawyers of Color Power List, 2020
    • Selected, Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, 2020
    • Shortlisted for Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession – Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018
    • Selected, Latino Leaders magazine, Top Latino Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Most Powerful Women in Law, 2018
    • Selected, Profiles in Diversity’s Women Worth Watching Leadership Award, 2018
    • Pathfinder Facilitator, Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity, 2017 – 2018
    • 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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    • Board and Executive Committee Member, Experience Columbus, 2018 – present
    • Member, National Hispanic Bar Association, 2015 – present
    • Volunteer, The Ohio State Moritz College of Law to advance diversity initiatives, 2008 – present
    • Board Member, HandsOn Columbus, 2017 – 2019
    • Volunteer, American Immigration Lawyers Association Citizenship Day (assisting Cuban Permanent Resident with completing documentation needed to apply for US citizenship), 2016
    • Board Member, Delaware County Foundation, 2014 – 2016
    • Deputy President, Region X Hispanic National Bar Association, 2013 – 2015
    • Mid-Ohio Foodbank: Squire Patton Boggs Campaign Organizer and Volunteer, 2012 – 2015
    • Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, teaching Appellate Advocacy, 2011 – 2015
    • Member, Delaware County Foundation Scholarship and Grants Committees, 2013

    • Guest speaker, “Implications of Being a First Generation Lawyer,” LegalSpeak Podcast, 2019.
    • Presenter, “The End Game: Employment Law Year in Review,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 22, 2019.
    • Presenter, “Sometimes, Even Superheroes Need Leave: A Discussion on Leaves and Accommodations,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 22, 2019.
    • Panelist, “Top Employment Law Mistakes Even Superheroes Make,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 22, 2019.
    • Moderator, “International Women’s Day Celebration: Navigating Current Social Issues,” San Francisco, California, March 8, 2018; Los Angeles, California, March 7, 2018.
    • Presenter, “Phone a Friend: Your Lifeline to Navigate Gender Issues,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 25, 2017.
    • Presenter, “Deal or No Deal: Legal and Practical Advice for Dealing with Employee Leave Issues,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 25, 2017.
    • Presenter, “Tips for Making HR as Indispensable as Your iPhone,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 11, 2016.
    • Presenter, “Getting the Most Out of Your Law Firm Relationship,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 11, 2016.
    • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law: Sidebar article, 2016.
    • Presenter, “Litigation Strategies: Avoiding Deposition Blunders,” October 28, 2015.
    • Presenter, “Beyond Social Media: Managing Employee Technology Use and Abuse, October 28, 2015.

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