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
- 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
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge James R. Browning, 1982-1983
- 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.
Industries & Practices
- Antitrust & Competition Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Oil & Gas
- Pro Bono