John F. Martin
A Bay Area native, John has practiced law for over 40 years in the region and is an expert in all areas of practice of the firm. John approaches his cases with an affinity for practical solutions, unwavering honesty, loyalty to the client, and a good sense of humor. John is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings for over 25 years and is listed as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
John received his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco and San Francisco Law School in 1971, and his B.A. from St. Mary’s College in 1965. John served as Secretary to Phi Delta Phi in 1965-1966. Prior to opening his firm, John worked as defense attorney in employment, civil rights, pension rights, and disability rights cases, and served for several years as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County.
John is a Judge Pro Tem for the Alameda County Superior Court since 1984 and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators at Superior Courts in Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano and San Francisco counties since 1979. A seasoned practitioner, John volunteers as a Settlement Commissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court’s Speedy End to Litigation (SETL) program, and is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association’s fee arbitration panel and of the Contra Costa County Superior Court EASE mediation panel.
John is admitted to practice in all courts of California, in the U.S. Northern and Eastern District Courts of California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his Doberman and cats, and skiing with his family.
Publications: Co-Author: Personal Injury Litigation Practice in California, National Business Institute, Inc. (1993); Premises Liability: Preparation & Trial of a Difficult Case in California, National Business Institute, Inc. (July 1997).
Published decision: C.B. v. City of Sonora, 769 F.3d 1005 (9th Cir. 2014) cert. denied sub nom. City of Sonora, Cal. v. C.B., 135 S. Ct. 1482, 191 L. Ed. 2d 371 (2015).