Martha C. Luemers
PEOPLE

Martha C. Luemers

Of Counsel
luemers.martha@dorsey.com

Overview

MARTHA HELPS CLIENTS RESOLVE DISPUTES IN MULTIPLE CALIFORNIA VENUES, INCLUDING STATE AND FEDERAL TRIAL AND APPELLATE COURTS, ARBITRATION, AND THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Martha's practice focuses on complex business litigation and arbitration, including contract disputes, disputes arising out of fiduciary relationships such as partnerships, joint ventures and corporate directorships, antitrust and appellate matters. Martha also represents clients before the California Public Utilities Commission in ratemaking proceedings.

Before 2005, Martha was a shareholder in the Palo Alto law firm of Ritchey Fisher Whitman & Klein PC.

Education & Admissions

Stanford Law School (J.D., 1982), Senior Editor, Stanford Law Review
President, Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation

Stanford University (B.A. with distinction, 1977), Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge James R. Browning, 1982-1983

Experience

Client Achievements

Representative Litigation

  • Represent national bank against claims of Sherman Act and California Cartwright Act violations. 
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar lost profit award, including over $1 million in attorney’s fees, for a national waste management company in a breach of contract arbitration.
  • Obtained arbitration award for a semi-conductor company retroactively terminating exclusive license to patents for thin film semiconductor technology.
  • Represented angel investor in dispute with company founders and obtained return of investment.
  • Represented a corporation and its controlling shareholder in protracted litigation arising out of Southern California real estate partnerships. Obtained $13 million judgment for contribution.
  • Represented major shipper of refined petroleum products in multiple cases before the California Public Utilities Commission.
  • Diverse appellate representations, including employment, business tort, tax and regulatory matters.

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1992
  • Member, State Bar Association of California
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
    • Appellate Court Executive Committee
  • Member, Palo Alto Bar Association

Accolades

  • Fulbright Scholar at the Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany, 1977-78
Martha C. Luemers