Jessica A. Martinez is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. She has a variety of experience in both criminal and civil matters.
In her practice, Ms. Martinez represents corporations and individuals in connection with government and internal investigations in a variety of subject-matter areas and counsels corporate clients on compliance issues, data privacy, and litigation risks. Her work has included conducting internal investigations and compliance reviews related to corruption, government contracting and the False Claims Act, financial and trade sanctions, and fraud; participating in the monitorship of a global financial institution following a settlement with regulators related to violations of US tax and securities laws; investigating personnel concerns at an international organization and providing recommendations for compliance program enhancements; conducting a compliance review of a defense contractor regarding its government contracting practices; and representing individuals in connection with government investigations into foreign exchange (FX) trading. Ms. Martinez represents and advises clients in civil matters as well, including related to trade secrets, intellectual property, contract disputes, and data privacy and cybersecurity.
Ms. Martinez also maintains a robust pro bono practice, spanning a number of substantive areas but with a key focus on reproductive rights and veterans issues. She has represented healthcare providers and medical and social work organizations at trial in federal court and before the United States Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as amici in cases involving access to reproductive healthcare, and represents a nationwide class of military veterans challenging the practices of military discharge review boards related to PTSD. Ms. Martinez has also represented indigent criminal defendants in federal court and asylum applicants in immigration court.
Ms. Martinez serves as a member of the firm’s Associate Board of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the firm’s Associate Committee.
Ms. Martinez received her JD from Yale Law School in 2014, where she was Managing Editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and participated in the Yale Veterans Legal Services Clinic, representing military veterans in federal court and before administrative agencies on matters related to veterans benefits and discharge status upgrades. During her time in law school, Ms. Martinez also partnered with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, including on litigation relating to consumer protection and data privacy, through Yale Law’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Martinez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nelson S. Román of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.