Michael E. Martinez is a reputed attorney specializing in Antitrust, Competition and Trade Regulation. He also focuses on practice areas such as Advertising and Marketing as well as Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes.
He is the managing partner based in the Chicago office of the law firm K&L Gates LLP. He routinely handles multi-district class actions and arbitrations involving diverse antitrust and complex commercial litigation issues.
Corporate INTL Magazine and Global Law Experts via the international review and assessment programs recognized the antitrust and competition group of his law firm K&L Gates Chicago as the Cartel & Trade Regulation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois in the year 2016.
He holds the license to practice law before all the state courts of Illinois, the Third and Seventh Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Eastern District Courts of Michigan and Wisconsin, and the Northern District Court of Illinois.
Attorney Martinez frequently represents many global and domestic corporations in different types of federal and state court cases involving antitrust claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, the Robinson-Patman Act as well as unfair competition and deceptive trade practice claims under several state statutes.
He guides his clients on competition, franchising, distribution, and sales & marketing practices. He regularly counsels them over matters concerning antitrust, intellectual property, and advertising.
He has gained a rich experience in seeking and defending emergency injunction matters involving unfair competition, false advertising, trade secrets, etc.
He has obtained immediate injunctive relief for clients in antitrust, franchising and intellectual property cases while arguing successfully before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled a wide range of franchising and distribution issues while representing many national and international franchisors and manufacturers.
He has worked with clients from various industries including food manufacturing, medical, health care, equipment making, restaurant, etc. in a myriad of issues ranging from trademark disputes to class actions.
He has represented a Fortune 100 corporation in multi-district antitrust class actions involving price fixing & monopsony claims, and a major beverage manufacturer in an arbitration involving dealership terminations. He has also worked with a major wireless technology company while leading its internal investigation.
Michael E. Martinez completed his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School in the year 1997. While studying there, he served on the Moot Court Board. He won the Best Brief Award at the National Administrative Law Moot Court Competition.
He earned his Bachelor’s of Arts from the Purdue University in 1994.
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