Resume of Ralph G. Martinez

Experience

Legal Advisor and Trial Attorney — Principal
Martinez Law Office, Inc.
Laguna Hills, CA (1/12 to present)

  • Real Estate, Title and Business Litigation. Represent title insurance companies and their insureds. Represent financial institutions relating to lien priority and title disputes. Represent individuals and entities in litigation arising out of real estate transactions, claims affecting title and commercial transactions.
  • Business formation and commercial transactions in real estate, light industrial and high-tech industries.
  • Independent Trial Value Analyst. Consultant to lawyers. Assist in evaluating settlement value and trial value of litigation cases, including client risk/benefit analysis and weighted probability of outcome.
  • Draft reports and litigation analysis for title companies and private individuals/entities.

Legal Advisor and Trial Attorney — Principal
Martinez Law Group, Inc.
Laguna Hills, CA (7/96 – 12/11)

  • Business and Real Estate Litigation. Represent Defendants and Plaintiffs, Businesses and Individuals. Venues include Southern California and Northern California. Commercial disputes and collections, unfair competition, advertising injury, trade libel, real estate nondisclosure, title claims and title claims defense, boundary disputes, mechanic's lien foreclosure and construction defects. Defended/prosecuted unfair business practices for former employers/employees and business competitors.
  • Business formation and commercial transactions. Negotiated and prepared IT support/development for major national software company subcontract services. Negotiated and prepared wireless transmission tower leases. Prepared contracts for software and memory Internet and Internet mall sales. Prepare contracts for mortgage brokerage business, including HUD compliant branch agreements, licenses, and transactional documents. Negotiated and prepared business sale agreements (stock and asset sales) and related debt and security instruments. Formed profit, professional and nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships. Drafted shareholder stock restriction agreements, operating agreements and buy/sell agreements. Prepared employment agreements, consulting agreements, independent contractor agreements, branch operations agreements.
  • Professional Liability (nonmedical)

Trial Attorney · Principal
Hunt, Colaw & Adams, Inc.
Santa Ana, CA (11/90 – 6/96)

  • Full file responsibility from initial client interview through appeal. Prepared personal injury and business tort cases for trial in addition to partial firm administration.
  • Noteworthy trial case: Kagasoff vs. Montejano, 1992 Orange County Superior Court Case. Represented plaintiff in a legal malpractice case against a twice Presidential appointee defendant attorney for failure to prosecute a legal malpractice case against a tax attorney for negligent representation in an off-shore, leveraged buy-out of plaintiff's business. Jury Verdict: $1,774,000.00.

Real Estate Litigation Attorney · Associate
Harbin & Miller
Santa Ana, CA (1/90 – 11/90)

  • Trial attorney for real estate related cases ranging from residential deposit disputes to real estate broker liability/lender liability cases.
  • Prepared reports and summaries for principals and insurance companies.

Business Litigation Attorney · Associate
Clifford, Jenkins & Brown
Bakersfield, CA (6/88 – 1/90)

  • Trial and transactional attorney for commercial enterprises including agricultural cooperatives, oil industry related businesses, local and foreign financial institutions, and local businesses.
  • Litigated and negotiated boundary disputes and crop damage cases in agricultural property; Litigated judicial foreclosure of multi-building commercial office complex involving receivership; Negotiated transaction for major oil company involving risk of SuperFund exposure in EPA hotspot Arvin, CA.; Defended local financial institution for lender liability in multiple development fraud claim; Defended subcontractor in construction defect claim of multi-building apartment/condominium complex; Mechanic's lien litigation for major elevator company against municipality; Commercial unlawful detainer litigation. Prosecuted and defended commercial collection and contract cases.
  • Prepared reports for insurance companies and principals.

General Civil Attorney · Owner
Sole Practice
San Diego, CA (9/86 – 6/88)

  • Transactions and litigation with emphasis in real estate broker liability defense, real estate transactions, and general business litigation.
  • Represented major San Diego County real estate brokerage re transactions and litigation; Defended professional liability claims; Negotiated easement disputes; Prosecuted limited construction defect litigation and broker liability for plaintiffs. Prepared international license agreements with venues of Australia, Germany, and Japan. Prepared Prospectus for Private Placement investment of sports equipment invention. Personal Injury case negotiation and litigation; business formation, reorganization, and commercial transactions.

General Civil Attorney · Partner
Lazarian, Sivas, Martinez & Vanian
San Diego, CA (8/81 – 9/86)

  • Commercial litigation, Real estate transactions and litigation, Business formation.

General Civil Attorney · Partner
Hurst and Martinez
San Diego, CA (6/79 – 8/81)

  • Commercial defect litigation (subcontractor defense); Business formation; General civil litigation.

General Civil Attorney · Associate
Stephen H. Lazarian, Jr.
San Diego, CA (11/78 – 6/79)

  • General Practice with emphasis in commercial real estate development and commercial transactions.

Education

J.D., California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA (1978) · Top 20% of Class
Executive Editor, California Western International Law Journal.

Published Author:

B.A., Azusa Pacific College (1975) · Major: Communications/Business Administration

Bar Memberships

California State Bar (1978) · Southern Federal District Court (CA, 1978) · United States Supreme Court (1984) · Eastern Federal District Court (CA, 1988) · Central Federal District Court (CA, 1989).

Community Service

Executive Committee Member, State Bar Section of Law Practice Management and Technology · Member, Orange County Bar Association · Past Board Member, Orange County Trial Lawyer's Association (1996) · Past President, San Diego County Christian Legal Society · Past Board Member, Kearny Mesa Federal Credit Union · Past Founding Board Member, Christian Conciliation Service of San Diego · Adjunct Professor of Communication, Bakersfield Community College (1989) · Past President/Elder, Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church (La Jolla, CA) · Member, San Clemente Presbyterian Church (San Clemente, CA) · Daniels Inn of Orange County · Toastmasters International · National Board of Trustees, International Students, Inc.

Personal Interests

Words/Language · Emerging Technology · Public Speaking · Family Interests · Racquet Games · Casual Golf · Angels Baseball · History · Music · Cymbidium Orchids · Strategy Games · Bowling · Antique/Collectable Cameras · Theatre · Philosophy/Theology · Comparative Culture