I grew up in Dublin, Ohio the son of Hector & Judy Martinez, who taught me the importance of diligence in all facets of life. Thereafter, I attended The Ohio State University and graduated from the Fisher Business School. Law school was always in the back of my mind and I was thrilled to attend and graduate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Admittedly, I sort of fell into a niche criminal defense practice, however, from day one I immensely enjoyed working with all of the court personnel, including judges, bailiffs, clerks and even prosecutors and law enforcement personnel. In 2004 I started The Martinez Firm and, over the years, have had the great pleasure to represent a great number of clients and to assist them with a myriad of legal issues. In order to best represent a client zealously and effectively advocate for their position, you must truly know your client and that is always a focus here at The Martinez Firm.
I am a trial attorney and have represented clients and achieved acquittals at trial in numerous cases ranging from serious felony sex offenses, to vehicular homicide charges, felonious assault charges and Ohio OVI cases. Also, I have often been successful at the avoidance of criminal charges by a thorough investigation of the case to demonstrate the innocence of a number of clients. In my experience, engaging an attorney early on in the criminal process is essential and one of the most frustrating events that occurs in my practice is when a client calls me too late in the process and I inevitably tell the client, “I wish you would have called me earlier.”
When I am not practicing, I spend most of my time with my wife, Erica, and our twin boys. My family is a sports loving family primarily the Browns and Buckeyes! I have truly enjoyed coaching my sons in baseball, basketball and flag football. Erica and I are involved in various philanthropic entities throughout northeast Ohio and we try to give back to the community.
Admissions & Professional Associations/Memberships
- Ohio, 1997
- U.S. District Court
- Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court
- Southern District of Ohio
- Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Lake County Bar Association
- Beacon Health – Board of Directors