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David L. Martin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Irvine, CA

Martin Law
19800 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949-491-4805
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014
Licensed in California Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer
Languages Spoken: English, Russian
Attorney Profile

As managing partner at Martin Law, David L. Martin provides legal representation in employment defense for clients in Southern California. With a focus on litigation, he has over a decade of experience in representing businesses and employers against claims of discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination. This experience includes extensive work in cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), and wage and hour disputes.

Mr. Martin attended Brigham Young University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 as a human studies fellow and an Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar. After earning his undergraduate degree, he moved on to law school at the UCLA School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree and was president and founder of the school’s J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Admitted to practice in the state of California, Mr. Martin is also admitted to practice before several federal courts. These include the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The former co-chair of Astounding Inventions, Mr. Martin enjoys giving back to his community and is a governing board member of the Irvine Valley College Foundation. He is also a member of the J. Reuben Clark Society Orange County Chapter, the Bruin Professionals, the UCLA Law School Reunion Committee and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment & Labor: Employer


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014

About David L. Martin

First Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Martin Law recently prevailed in a highly contested arbitration lasting six days. The arbitrator returned a complete defense award for the firm’s client. This matter involved a former vice president of business development who asserted claims for wrongful termination,..., Martin Law Prevails at Six-Day Arbitration
  • As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in California, employers are faced with an increasing number of requirements to promptly report illnesses and deaths related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  In order to simplify reporting obligations imposed by state and federal agencies,..., Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 in the Workplace
  • California employers are subject to increasingly complex wage and hour requirements.  Navigating these rules can be a trap for the unwary.  Meal periods, in particular, are frequently litigated and can result in significant liability for employers.  The following..., Simplifying Meal Period Requirements for California Employers
  • To prepare for the coming year, employers in California should plan for mandatory wage and salary increases that go into effect on January 1, 2021. Mandatory Increase to Minimum Wage On January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for non-exempt employees in California will..., Preparing for 2021: Mandatory Increases in Wages and Salaries
  • California employers are subject to stringent wage and hour laws that are not common in other states.  Complying with wage statement requirements is particularly challenging because it is easy to overlook the many technicalities, which can result in costly penalties...., Helping California Employers Avoid Common Wage Statement Errors
  • Article published by the Daily Journal on September 18, 2012, entitled "Social Media Creates New Sources of Liability for Employers." The article discusses the increased usage of social media at the workplace, the case law analyzing online harassment, and ways for employers to limit liability., Social Media Creates New Sources of Liability for Employers, Daily Journal, 2012

Educational Background

  • UCLA School of Law, Juris Doctor, Founder and President of the UCLA Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 2007
  • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar, Humane Studies Fellow, 2004


  • Mark Hauge v. VXI Global Solutions, LLC, et al. (LASC Case No. BC688172) (Defense award for Employer that included recovery of costs against former sales executive who sought more than $2.5M in damages based upon unpaid commissions, breach of contract, and wrongful termination.) (Award confirmed in Los Angeles Superior Court in May 2021)
  • Farzan v. Wescom Credit Union, No. B247479, 2014 WL 2532277 (Cal. Ct. App. June 5, 2014) (Affirming dismissal of the action by trial court.)
  • Righeimer v. Costa Mesa Police Association, G050188 (Cal.App 4 Dist) 2016 WL 2757232 (Cal. Ct. App. May 9, 2016) (Reversal of trial court’s denial of Anti-SLAPP motion for majority of Plaintiff’s claims.)
  • Martinez v. BaronHR, Inc., 51 Cal.App.5th 962 (Prosecuted successful appeal from trial court decision declining to enforce the arbitration agreement, resulting in published opinion enforcing the client’s arbitration agreement under California law.  Martinez v. BaronHR, Inc., (2020) 51 Cal. App. 5th 962, 965.)
  • Fontana Seafood Market, Inc. v. American Sunrise Insurance Services, et al., San Bernardino Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS1308082 (Obtained dismissal with prejudice after filing Motion for Summary Judgment)
  • Nicolas Hernandez v. Affiliated Temporary Help, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC627331 (Obtained dismissal with prejudice in wrongful termination case after filing Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of the employer)
  • Shea Homes Limited Partnership v. Sukut Construction, Inc. (30-2013-00657806) (Prevailed on first phase of bench trial, resulting in favorable result for client)
  • Ramirez Pallets, Inc. v. Harry W. Gorst Co., Inc., et al. 2014 WL 8388892 (Motion for Summary Judgment Granted)
  • Reumont v. Gordon, Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2014-00714313 (Defense Verdict)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Bruin Professionals, Member
  • UCLA Law School Reunion Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • California
  • Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
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Office Location for David L. Martin

19800 MacArthur Blvd
Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: 949-491-4805

Last Updated: 7/21/2021

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