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Mr. Walfrido J. Martinez

Hunton & Williams LLP
Sustaining Member
1900 K Street
Washington, DC 20006-1109

Phone: 202-955-1648
Web Site:

Law School: University of Pennsylvania (1991)
Foreign Languages: Spanish

Practice Areas:

Managing Partner of the Firm.

Practice focuses on complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Martinez has litigated matters concerning franchise and distributor relationships, contracts, deceptive business practices, securities fraud, antitrust, software licensing, consumer lending and intellectual property issues. His white collar criminal defense experience includes representation of clients accused of tax fraud, procurement fraud, public corruption, violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, health care fraud, and violation of the Federal RICO statute.

Relevant Experience
Federal and State jury trial experience in commercial and criminal matters. Has also argued criminal and civil appeals.
Has successfully defended class actions involving securities fraud, deceptive business practices, and consumer lending.
Represented health care providers in connection with criminal, administrative exclusion, and qui tam litigation.
Handled numerous injunction proceedings involving matters such as intellectual property disputes, franchise and distributor terminations, and enforcement of covenants not to compete.
Represented clients in several commercial arbitration proceedings involving supply contracts, third party service agreements, and other business matters.
Designed and implemented compliance programs and has conducted related internal investigations.
Conducted employee training on topics such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, and Compliance Programs.

Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Diageo North America, Inc., 2004-2006
Partner, Holland & Knight, Miami, Florida, 1991-99
Special Assistant Public Defender at both the State and Federal Levels

Florida Bar
New Jersey Bar
District of Columbia Bar

Admitted to practice: United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Member of the Board of University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society, April 2008

Member of the Board to Trustees of The NALP ("National Association Law Placement") Foundation, April 2008

Member, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Advisory Committee on Rules & Procedures and Attorney Examination Committee, 2000-2004

Chairman, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Grievance, Admissions and Discipline, 2002-2004

Member, Florida Bar Attorney Grievance Committee, "11 C", 2003-2004

Awards and Professional Recognition

Included in the National Law Journal's "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers," June 2008

Named among the top lawyers in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, a listing of the state's "lawyers held in the highest regard" by their peers, for Business Litigation, June 2007, 2008


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1991

B.S., Seton Hall University, magna cum laude, 1988


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