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Michael E. Martinez

Managing Partner, Chicago Office
Fax +1.312.827.8116

Michael E. Martínez concentrates his practice on multi-district class actions and arbitrations involving a wide spectrum of antitrust and complex commercial litigation issues. He has represented numerous global and domestic corporations in a wide variety of federal and state court cases involving antitrust claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and the Robinson-Patman Act as well as unfair competition and deceptive trade practice claims under numerous state statutes. He regularly counsels clients on competition, distribution, franchising, and sales and marketing practices.

Mr. Martínez has substantial experience seeking and defending emergency injunction matters involving false advertising, trade secrets, covenants not to compete and unfair competition. He has successfully argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and obtained immediate injunctive relief for clients in antitrust, franchising and intellectual property cases.

Mr. Martínez has represented successfully numerous national and international franchisors and manufacturers in a myriad of franchising and distribution issues. He has substantial experience counseling both domestic and international clients regarding distribution and licensing arrangements.

In 2016, the K&L Gates Chicago antitrust and competition group was recognized as the “Cartel & Trade Regulation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois” by the international review and assessment programs of both Corporate INTL Magazine and Global Law Experts

Speaking Engagements

  • Providing antitrust, distribution, intellectual property, marketing and advertising counsel to clients in numerous industries, including medical device, construction and manufacturing equipment, and consumer food product.
  • Representing a Japanese corporation and its U.S. subsidiary in a class action alleging an industry-wide conspiracy to fix the prices and reduce output of capacitors filed in the wake of criminal investigations by various government competition authorities. 
  • Representing a Japanese auto parts manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary in a series of class action cases alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for the sale of automotive wire harnesses.
  • Represented a global manufacturer in multi-district antitrust class actions emanating from an investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice involving claims of global price fixing conspiracy involving foundry resins.
  • Representing an international pharmaceutical company in a DOJ price fixing investigation.
  • Represented a major beverage manufacturer in an arbitration involving dealership terminations.
  • Lead an internal investigation of a major wireless technology company.
  • Represented a major agricultural equipment manufacturer in an international ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a foreign dealer.
  • Represented a global agricultural equipment manufacturer in multi-district antitrust, consumer fraud, and RICO class actions involving lawnmower horsepower.
  • Represented a global food manufacturer in a high-profile Lanham Act false advertising trial.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in federal and state lawsuits involving allegations of false advertising and violations of numerous state unfair trade practice and consumer fraud statutes and the application of FDA regulations.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 corporation in multi-district antitrust class actions involving claims of price fixing and monopsony.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 corporation in nearly 100 lawsuits alleging violations of the Robinson-Patman Act.
  • Represented a health care technology company in a federal action alleging false advertising and violations of state consumer fraud and unfair competition laws.
  • Represented a global construction equipment manufacturer in an international ICC arbitration regarding a joint venture.
  • Represented a major medical supplier in patent infringement case resulting in a multimillion dollar verdict against the largest manufacturer of hemodialysis machines.
  • Defended a leading pharmaceutical company in a multi-district class action involving antitrust and RICO claims.
  • Represented a global restaurant franchisor in numerous federal and state court cases and arbitrations involving franchisee terminations, antitrust claims, and trademark disputes.