Michael Martinez is Managing Senior Counsel at Democracy Forward. Mike joins Democracy Forward from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. There, he served as a trial attorney, litigating on behalf of the United States on high-profile environmental cases in federal district courts across the country.

Prior to his DOJ tenure, Mike was a litigation associate at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, focusing on complex civil litigation.

Mike graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a senior editor on the Columbia Law Review and president of the Latino/a Law Students Association. After graduation, Mike clerked for United States District Court Judges Philip R. Martinez in the Western District of Texas and S. James Otero in the Central District of California. Mike also holds a B.A. with honors from Stanford University.

*Member of the State of California Bar. Application to the District of Columbia Bar is pending. Practicing law under the direct supervision of one or more active members of the District of Columbia Bar.

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