Biography

John S. Martel, who joined the firm in 1964, is a veteran of over 100 trials with but four losses. His legal expertise covers a wide range of practice including antitrust and securities litigation, leasing disputes, construction litigation, banking services, insurance defense, and trade regulation.

Jon has tried major cases of all kinds, all across the United States. In 1968, for example, a Richmond, Virginia jury awarded his antitrust plaintiff the highest verdict in the history of the State.  In 1978, he represented the Bank of America and its subsidiary in lengthy hearings before an Administrative Law Judge in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. against market concentration charges, obtaining a favorable ruling. In 1979, he was matched against ex-mayor Joseph Alioto in a fraud/antitrust case, and successfully represented the Robert Mondavi Winery in the highly publicized two-month Krug-Mondavi trial. In 1981, John successfully defended the Hearst Corporation, the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle in a three-month federal jury trial involving a landmark antitrust battle.

He has been a frequent contributor to law reviews, (including articles such as “Fair Trial vs. Free Press in Criminal Trials”, California Law Review, 1959 and “Judicial Application of the Newspaper Preservation Act”, Brigham Young University Law Review, 1984). He has also lectured at the Hastings’ Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy (where he served on the Advisory Council) on the handling of expert witnesses and has been a guest speaker and panelist in various other law-related seminars nationwide. John also serves as a consultant to other trial lawyers on matters of trial strategy, jury selection, and expert testimony. He was asked to serve as Consultant to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Simpson case and the second Menendez case.

The National Law Journal profiled Mr. Martel as among the top 10 trial lawyers in the nation and he has been listed for more than a decade in Best Lawyers in America.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Chairperson for the Heritage Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California, 1990-1992
  • Fellow, Board of Regents, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1994-1998
  • California State Chairman, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1985-1986

Firm Highlights

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Estate Planning During Uncertain Times

Farella's Wine Industry Education Series features Lauren Galbraith discussing "Estate Planning During Uncertain Times." Estate planning for vineyard and winery owners has come to the forefront during this unpredictable pandemic and in light of...

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Opportunity Zone Virtual Forum

Financing Ground Up Development During a Pandemic Farella's Julie Treppa is a speaker for  The Registry's Opportunity Zone Virtual Forum. The event will take a closer look at Opportunity Zones and the impact on...

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Real Perspectives Podcast With Julie Treppa on Opportunity Zones

Click here for the audio recording of the "Real Perspective Podcast" by The Registry featuring Julie Treppa. She discusses Opportunity Zones, how they evolved, and what the new normal means for this very important...

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14th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference

Holly Sutton is a panelist on the 14th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference live webinar, "Political Speech at Work: What is Fair and What is Foul." Details: Some believe that...

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Estate Tax Planning for Large Company Stock Holdings: Four Tips for Using Record-High Lifetime Exemptions

Published on MyStockOptions.com . Key Points Annual inflation-indexing continues to increase the historically high lifetime exemption amount for gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Those of considerable wealth who have not yet made gifts...

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Farella Provides Amicus Support in Case Challenging Denial of CARES Act Funds to Incarcerated Individuals and Their Families

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel, along with co-counsel the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, filed an amici curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs’ motion for a...

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Farella Highly Commended by Chambers in "Inclusive Firm of the Year" Award Category

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it earned recognition as the “Highly Commended” law firm in the “Inclusive Firm of the Year” USA category at today’s...

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LSI's PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California Virtual Conference

Sarah Bell will be speaking at LSI's virtual conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California live webinar, "PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws." Details: CWA violations, CERCLA designations, and NRD claims as potential game...

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California Expands Family and Medical Leave Law to Cover Small Employers

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed SB 1383, which expands employees’ leave entitlements under California’s Family Rights Act and New Parent Leave Act. Effective January 1, 2021, these leave provisions will apply to employers with...

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EPA’s New Guidance Mandate Leaves Superfund Cleanup Less Certain

Sarah Bell commented in the Bloomberg Law article "EPA’s New Guidance Mandate Leaves Superfund Cleanup Less Certain."    Read the full article here .

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