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. Her work has included participating in the monitorship of a global financial institution following a settlement with regulators related to violations of U.S. tax and securities laws, conducting an internal investigation of a mortgage lender in connection with a fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, and representing individuals in connection with investigations of 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, as well as military veterans litigating constitutional and administrative claims in federal court related to discharge status upgrades. 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.
Within the firm, Ms. Martinez serves as a member of the Associate Board of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
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 a member of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project. She also participated in the Yale Veterans Legal Services Clinic, where she represented military veterans in federal court and before administrative agencies on matters related to veterans benefits and discharge status upgrades. Ms. Martinez graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Long Beach in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science.
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.