Jessica A. Martinez is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Investigations, Compliance and Defense practice group. 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. Her work has included participating in the monitorship of a global financial institution following a settlement with regulators related to violations of US tax and securities laws; conducting internal investigations related to corruption and False Claims Act risks; representing a mortgage lender in connection with a DOJ fraud investigation; investigating personnel-related concerns at an international organization and providing recommendations for compliance program enhancements; 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 matters related to trade secrets and intellectual property.
Ms. Martinez also maintains a robust pro bono practice, with a variety of both civil and criminal matters. In addition to representing individual criminal defendants in federal court, Ms. Martinez has also represented clients in asylum proceedings in immigration court, and represents a nationwide class of military veterans challenging the practices of military discharge review boards related to PTSD. Ms. Martinez has also drafted amicus briefs on behalf of medical and social work organizations in reproductive health cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Martinez also serves as a member of the Associate Board of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Summer Program Committee for the NY office.
Ms. Martinez received her J.D. 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.
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.