Chris Martinez
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Chris Martinez

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martinez.chris@dorsey.com

Overview

CHRIS WORKS EFFICIENTLY FOR HIS CLIENTS TO PROVIDE WINNING RESULTS.

Chris Martinez is an attorney in the Trial group. His practice is focused in the areas of commercial litigation, direct sales and multi-level marketing, products liability defense, and health care litigation. He also has significant experience litigating non-competition agreements and contractual disputes between owners and executives of corporate entities. He has successfully represented clients in disputes involving trade secrets, shareholder derivative claims, partnership disputes, and real property litigation. Chris has advised and represented direct sales companies in disputes related to their products, employees, and distributor compliance and termination. Chris’ products liability experience includes defending claims of wrongful death and personal injury due to defective design, manufacturing defects, and/or inadequate warnings. He has represented manufacturers and suppliers of pharmaceuticals, automobiles, off-road recreational vehicles, and consumer appliances in all stages of litigation.

Education & Admissions

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D, 2006), summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Arizona Law Review Articles Editor

Weber State University (B.A., 2003), summa cum laude, Top Graduating Senior College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Top Graduating Senior Department of Psychology

Admissions

  • Utah

Languages

  • English & Spanish

Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Judicial Extern Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle, 2005-2006

Experience

Representative Litigation

  • Goulding & Associates v. Advanced Comfort Technologies (Utah 4th Dist. Ct. 2018) In a multi-day trial, defeated all claims brought by a consultant seeking millions of dollars for breach of alleged consulting agreement.
  • Honeywell Intern. Inc. v. Utah ITX Partners (Utah 3d Dist. Ct. 2016) Obtained a preliminary injunction enjoining the landlord from leasing space to a competitor in violation of the lease. 
  • After a five-day evidentiary hearing, obtained a preliminary injunction shutting down the competitive company formed by a former executive of the client in violation of non-competition provisions in the executive’s contract (Utah 3d Dist. Ct. 2017).
  • Landance LLC v. Alta Auction, LLC (Utah 3d Dist. Ct. 2017) Obtained an order of eviction and judgment for damages from landlord’s tenant.
  • Phillip C. Ellis et al. v. Primary Children’s Medical Center, et al. (D. Utah 2016) Won dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit against a treating physician, which was affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Geringer v. Castle Arch Real Estate Investment Company (Bankr. Utah 2013) – In multi-day trial, defeated claimants' multi-million dollar claim for breach of contract.
  • Butler v. Ford Motor Company et al. (2nd Dist Ct. Nevada 2013) – Product liability action for wrongful death alleging exposure to asbestos-containing products. The case was dismissed following exclusion of plaintiff’s medical causation expert testimony.
  • Smith v. Ford Motor Company et al. (D. Utah 2013) – Product liability action for wrongful death. Court excluded Plaintiff’s causation expert testimony.
  • Glass Apps, L.L.C. v. Kodiak Properties, L.L.C. (3rd Dist. Ct. Utah 2015) – Prevailed on motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim for breach of contract and specific performance.
  • Various Plaintiffs v. Ford Motor Company (3rd Dist. Ct. Utah) – Prevailed on summary judgment in numerous cases brought against Ford claiming a defect in the vehicle’s speed control disconnect switch.
  • Boam v. LG Electronics (D. Utah 2011) – Represented manufacturer against claim that alleged defect in microwave caused home fire. Case resolved favorably on eve of trial.
  • Debra Brown v. State of Utah (Utah 2013) – Won the exoneration and release of a woman from prison where she served 18 years for a crime she did not commit.
  • Mahoney v. Cash America (3rd Dist. Ct. Utah 2012) – Prevailed at trial on claim against pawn shop for conversion.

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Products Liability
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • State Bar of Utah
  • American Inns of Court
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Direct Sales Association – Affiliate Member

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, 2013 to present (2014-2016 President)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, 2009 to 2012
  • Board of Directors, Children’s Service Society, 2008 to 2012 (President 2011 to 2012) 
  • Leadership Committee, Boy Scout Troop 202 (2017 to Present)
  • Coach, Evergreen Junior High School Debate Team (2017 to Present)
  • Pro Bono Representation of Asylum Applicant in Immigration Court 
  • Ongoing Pro Bono Representations of Asylum Applicants 

Accolades

  • Named one of Utah’s Legal Elite (Civil Litigation) by Utah Business Magazine, 2015-2019
  • Alumnus of the Year, Weber State University, Department of Psychology, 2015
  • Listed as a Mountain States Rising Star, 2014-2016
  • 2011 Utah State Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • 2011 Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award for exemplary community, public and charitable service
Chris Martinez