Joseph P. Martinez

Mr. Martinez is a shareholder of the firm practicing in the areas of real estate and business transactions.  Mr. Martinez represents real property and business owners, investors, and managers, as well as developers, landlords, tenants, borrowers, and lenders.  His expertise encompasses a variety of sophisticated matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, equity investment, development, leasing, and secured lending transactions.  He is also the Group Leader of the Cross-Border Practice Group, working in the areas of in-bound U.S./Mexico real estate and business transactions.  Mr. Martinez is fluent in Spanish and English. 


Mr. Martinez earned his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1992 with a concentration in Economics. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1996 where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • State Bar of California
  • California Lawyers Association, Agribusiness Committee, Co-Chairman (2006)
  • California Lawyers Association, Financial Institutions Committee
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section and Business Law Section

Community Affiliations

  • Southwestern College Foundation (Director)
  • Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (Director)
  • San Diego Padres, Hispanic Community Advisory Council (Member)
  • Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties (Director)
  • San Diego New Children’s Museum (Past Director)

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Named as one of San Diego’s Best Attorneys by San Diego Metro Magazine (2017)
  • Named as one of San Diego’s Influential Leaders by The Daily Transcript (2018)


Mr. Martinez enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and camping in the great outdoors, he is a life-long fan of the San Diego Padres and the “San Diego” Chargers, and he volunteers his time to improve Spanish and English literacy in children at local elementary schools. 

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