Jennifer Martinez

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Hanson Bridgett LLP

California-Northern, USA
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Practice Expertise

  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Areas of Practice

  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Jennifer Martinez is the firm's Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). As CDEIO, she provides strategic, programmatic, and operational leadership for initiatives that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the firm. Jennifer works with firm management, practice group leadership, and firm committees to advance such initiatives and leverage best practices and resources across the firm to promote cultural competency and an environment of equity and inclusion. This includes creating and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and programming, developing and executing diversity hiring, retention, and advancement goals and policies, re-examining the firm's internal policies and practices with an eye towards rooting out unconscious bias, inequity, and microaggressions, empowering attorneys to forge new and stronger relationships with public interest organizations for increased pro bono services related to racial justice and equity, and coordinating the firm's internal and external efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the legal community and in the local communities where our attorneys and staff work and live. Jennifer has also headed Hanson Bridgett's Real Action Calling for Equality (RACE) Task Force since its creation in June 2020 as part of the firm's commitment to re-evaluate and improve its investment in and commitment to justice and equity.

Jennifer still maintains a counseling practice as a partner in Hanson Bridgett's Labor & Employment Practice. She advises employers on a wide variety of employment issues, and specializes in advising startups, early-stage companies, and technology companies. In addition to general advice and counseling, Jennifer handles sensitive harassment and whistleblower investigations, and client trainings. Jennifer also has a niche specialty advising on employment issues in mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions, including employment-related diligence, definitive agreement terms, and post-transaction issues such as integration, policy compliance, employee leveling, and restructuring.

Prior to becoming Hanson Bridgett's CDEIO, Jennifer was a full-time partner in the firm's Labor Section. As a full-time partner, Jennifer handled mergers and acquisitions, advice and counseling, as well as a large litigation practice representing public and private employers in federal and state court litigation and before administrative agencies regarding all manner of employment claims, including single plaintiff actions, wage and hour representative and class actions, and jury trials.

Before joining Hanson Bridgett, Jennifer practiced in the employment litigation and employee mobility practices at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

J.D., Stanford Law School (2008)
B.A., cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles (2004)

Areas of Practice

  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Member

Professional Activities and Experience
  • Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Journal (2021)
  • Golden Gate University Law School, La Raza Graduation, Keynote Speaker (2019)
  • Northern California SuperLawyers, Rising Stars (20132017)


Additional Articles"Improve DE&I Without Sacrificing Success," Los Angeles Business Journal (June 2021)
"Reconciling the Gig Economy in California: Changes to Worker Classification Laws Since AB 5," Labor & Employment Law Alert (November 2020)
"The Do's and Don'ts of Compensation for Early-Stage Company Employees," The Entrepreneurs Report (Fall 2008)
"Latino Realities and the Internal Revenue Code: A Critical Perspective," University of Florida Judicial Law and Public Policy (2011)


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