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William Martin

Hon. William F. Martin (Ret.)

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Lisa Midel
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160 W. Santa Clara St. , Suite 1600 , San Jose , CA 95113
Hon. William F. Martin (Ret.) is both well known and respected for his advocacy of dispute resolution while on the bench. With 20 years of experience on the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Judge Martin has participated in a wide variety of cases, both in size and scope. He is particularly adept at handling complex and challenging matters and enjoys working with developing innovative legal issues.

Representative Matters

Business Commercial
  • Presided over a family partnership dispute involving a substantial longstanding business
  • Adjudicated partnership dissolution of a sizeable local family-owned company and a non-family member/partner; successfully settled matter while decision was on appeal
  • Adjudicated commercial dispute between top manufacturers of telephone headsets, including allegations of breach of contract, interference with economic advantage, enterprise endangering damages, and anti-trust claims
  • Settled discrimination dispute between medical resident and medical school
  • Presided over a wrongful termination discrimination case involving allegations of sexual orientation discrimination by a local police department
Family Law
  • Presided over child dependency litigation where Federal Law (Indian Child Welfare Act) was found unconstitutional as applied
  • Adjudicated paternity action where Anti-SLAPP motion was applied to Unjust Enrichment in switched embryo/fertility clinic case
Intellectual Property
  • Presided over trade secret litigation between large integrated circuit manufacturers involving allegations of hiring away engineers and “retained memory” issues, protection of trade secrets, and balancing of interest protecting trade secrets against California right to work laws
  • Adjudicated trade secret dispute between large integrated circuit manufacturers involving alleged theft of circuit board design and requested injunctive relief
Personal Injury
  • Settled personal injury litigation involving large local amusement park involving significant closed head trauma
  • Presided over a medical malpractice trial resulting in one of the largest jury verdicts in Santa Clara County
Real Estate
  • Settled construction defect litigation involving 200 residences which had been pending for five (5) years in the Superior Court by applying Aas case to trial litigation
  • Successfully resolved commercial litigation involving commercial satellite manufacturers
  • Settled environmental litigation action by citizen’s group against development of Coyote Valley
  • Successfully resolved real estate litigation involving allegations of “double-escrowing”
  • Presided over numerous hearings requesting injunctive relief for enforcement of city building codes and habitability requirements in Santee neighborhood of San Jose

Comments from Counsel

  • “Judge Martin is very respected and the best trial judge in our county. He is universally respected as being fair minded, diligent and having an excellent temperament.”
  • “Very good in all aspects of trial and tremendous at being direct but diplomatic.”
  • “He is just wonderful handling the smaller cases, which are sometimes the most difficult to resolve/adjudicate.”
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Judge of the Year, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Judge, Superior Court, Santa Clara County, 1989-2006; Supervising Judge: Civil Division, 2005
  • Municipal Court Judge, Santa Clara County, 1986-1989
  • Assistant District Attorney, Santa Clara County, 1977-1986
  • Practicing Attorney with several small law firms, 1975-1976
  • J.D., U.C. Davis School of Law, 1975
  • A.B., Political Science, With Great Distinction, U.C. Berkeley, 1972
  • U.S. Coast Guard, 1966-1970

Counsel Comments

    "I have enjoyed two things most as a judge: settling difficult litigation through persuasion and perseverance, and deciding difficult and challenging issues in a thoughtful and careful way."


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