Elio F. Martinez, Jr.

Partner

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1985

B.A., summa cum laude, Cursu Honorum, Fordham College 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

Florida

District of Columbia

United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Mr. Martinez is a named partner. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, specifically infringement of trademarks, patents and copyrights, as well as protection of trade secrets. He also has experience in commercial litigation and financial services litigation. He has represented lenders in multi-million dollar litigation and the work-out of complex troubled loans, and securities brokers in FINRA arbitration hearings. He regularly represents creditors in Bankruptcy Court and has argued numerous appeals.

Mr. Martinez is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (an exclusive organization of some of the best defense attorneys in the world), a leader of the Defense Research Institute’s Commercial Litigation Committee, and a member of the International Trademark Association and ASIPI, a Central and South-American based intellectual property organization. He was a founding member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, where he oversaw copyright issues relating to the ABA.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Martinez has been litigating matters of trademark counterfeiting, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. His intellectual property experience also extends to helping clients, owners of world renown trademarks, develop and implement anti-piracy efforts in the United States and abroad, working with investigators, customs agents and other governmental bodies in investigation and enforcement. His clients have included Polo Ralph Lauren, Panasonic, Tommy Hilfiger, Blockbuster Entertainment (subsequently merged with Viacom), Gianni Versace, Levi Strauss & Co., Hunter Fan Company, Linens 'N Things and Fieldcrest Cannon.

Mr. Martinez also regularly represents clients in international arbitration proceedings. Because of the firm’s location in Miami, renown as the Gateway to the Americas, many of these clients come from Central and South America. His fluency in Spanish, coupled with his international background and understanding of the customs and procedures throughout the Americas, provides these clients with a heightened degree of comfort and support when confronting difficult issues and situations.

Mr. Martinez has shared his in-depth experience with the students of St. Thomas University School of Law as an adjunct professor of Intellectual Property Law. He has also lectured on matters such as trade secret protection and the effective use of expert witnesses in intellectual property litigation. He has published numerous articles for the American Bar Association on such subjects as Intellectual Property, Law Firm Management and Mentoring of Younger Attorneys.


Practice Areas

Class Actions

Construction & Real Estate Litigation

Financial Services Litigation

Intellectual Property & Trademark

International Arbitration

International Litigation

Securities Litigation & FINRA

Awards and Honors

Top Attorney Corporate and Business, South Florida Legal Guide (2015)

Florida Super Lawyers (2015)

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member (an invitation-only association of some of the best defense attorneys in the world)

Regular speaker before the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms on such topics as Ethics, Trade Secrets and the Use of Experts in Intellectual Property Cases