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Martha I. Rodriguez Lopez

Of Counsel
+1.206.370.7663
Fax +1.206.370.6334
Martha Rodriguez-Lopez practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state court. Martha represents corporate and governmental clients in a broad range of disputes, including contract litigation, securities litigation, insurance coverage, and tort disputes.

Martha has significant state and federal trial court experience, having litigated civil and criminal cases to verdict. Martha concentrates on the proactive management of litigation, advising clients with regards to litigation readiness, records retention and collection, e-discovery, and early dispute resolution, using advanced technology to provide efficient and comprehensive solutions. Martha leverages her financial and accounting experience to formulate damages-focused strategies that lead to the early resolution of matters by way of dispositive motion or mediation.

Martha Rodriguez-Lopez and Bill Shaw co-author a chapter on “The Expert at Trial: Cross-Examination” in Expert Witness Answer Book, a publication of the Practicing Law Institute. Martha has extensive experience formulating damages methodologies, identifying consulting and testifying experts, and taking and defending expert depositions.

Prior to attending law school, Martha worked as a dispute analyst and investigations associate for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where she conducted corporate fraud, securities fraud, and risk analysis investigations and prepared damage calculations.

Martha earned a B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Martha served two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Jose A. Fusté of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Martha has been selected as a Washington Rising Star (2012, 2013), and to the Washington Super Lawyers list (2014).

Achievements

  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers list (2014)
  • Selected to the Washington “Rising Stars List” (2012-2013)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Jose A. Fuste, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico (2002-2004)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) Deputy Region XVI President encompassing Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
  • Panelist, Washington Women Lawyers CLE, “Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: Our Time is Now: How to Take Charge of Your Career,” September 2018
  • Past board member of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington

Additional Information

  • Attended University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, Executive Business Program in accounting, audit, tax and financial statement analysis
  • Represented the City of Seattle in the Western District of Washington in litigation against international provider of e-discovery and retention software. After prevailing in discovery motion practice, case favorably settled at mediation.
  • Represented clients in SEC and state investigations and in parallel private securities fraud and derivative actions.
  • Represented numerous institutional and individual clients, both domestic and foreign, in the Southern District of New York broker-dealer liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investments Securities, LLC.
  • Defended client in $60 million dispute with business partners involving breach of contract, labor and franchising issues, resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Defended Fortune 500 company in multiple tort matters, obtaining more than ten dismissals by way of dispositive motion.
  • Represented manufacturing client in federal tort litigation, recommending and drafting a Daubert motion and subsequent motion for a new trial. On appeal, the 9th Circuit remanded for a new trial, finding that the trial court abused is discretion.
  • Successfully represent applicants seeking asylum and visas in immigration proceedings.