Grant B. Martinez
Grant’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation and appeals. His experience includes leading and contributing in multi-week jury and bench trials, arbitration hearings, and preliminary injunction hearings. He has developed extensive experience litigating commercial cases under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), Texas’ robust anti-SLAPP statute. Grant has briefed and argued disputes at all levels of the federal and state courts, including arguing before the Supreme Court of Connecticut. Clients and co-counsel trust him to help them solve difficult legal issues from beginning to end.
Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Grant practiced with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He also clerked for the Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Grant is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal, President of the Yale Law & Business Society, and Alumni Chair of the Yale Latino Law Students Association. He served in the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic.
Grant is recognized in commercial litigation in Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" list and as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers. He serves as Co-Hiring Attorney for the firm.
- M.A. Mills v. Kotts. Secured complete dismissal under the TCPA of $3.8 million breach-of-contract claim against global dairy products company and its owner.
- Fulcrum Credit v. Kent Int’l. Obtained complete dismissal under the TCPA of breach-of-contract, declaratory judgment, and promissory estoppel claims.
- America’s Collectibles Network v. Sterling Commerce. Drafted successful briefing in federal district court and Sixth Circuit that saved the client over $25 million; prepared partners for direct and cross-examination in a five-week jury trial on breach of contract and fraud relating to software implementation.
- U.S. v. American Express. Prepared expert witnesses, fact witnesses, and partners for direct and cross-examination, drafted portions of findings of fact and conclusions of law in a seven-week antitrust trial, which was followed by successful appeals in both the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
- BTEC v. BNA. Presented witness at temporary injunction hearing; drafted numerous briefs in intra-corporate dispute between members of a Delaware LLC, including successful motions for summary judgment on opposing party’s central claim; currently seeking dismissal of other claims under the TCPA in state appellate court.
- BMC Software v. IBM Corp. Drafted portions of successful opposition to temporary restraining order; prepared partner for direct and cross-examination in preliminary injunction hearing, resulting in denial of preliminary injunction.
- Commissioner of Correction v. Freedom of Info. Commission; El Badrawi v. DHS Argued in Connecticut Supreme Court and federal district court, drafted briefs filed in federal and state courts, and took numerous depositions.
- Lion Copolymers v. Lion Polymers. Drafted briefs for state court of appeals and state supreme court relating to complex contract interpretation, choice of law, and procedural issues in intra-corporate dispute between members of a Delaware LLC.
- Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Fla. Dep’t of Evntl. Servs.; Carr v. U.S. Drafted briefs, researched, proposed arguments, and prepared advocates for oral argument, resulting in two favorable opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
- "Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
- “Texas Rising Star,” in Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, 2020-2021
- Fellow: American Leadership Forum, Class XLIX, 2019-2020
- Member: Houston Methodist Hospital President's Leadership Council
- Member: NationSwell Council, Houston Chapter
- Member: Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas
- Member: Houston Bar Association, Federal Practice Section
- Team Member: Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, 2009
- Comment: “Indefinite Detention of Immigrant Information,” 120 Yale Law Journal 667 (2010)
- Yale Law School, J.D., 2010 (Comments Editor, Yale Law Journal)
- Stanford University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, B.A., History, with distinction, 2006 (Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi engineering honors society)
- Law Clerk to The Hon. Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, 2015-2016
- Admitted to Practice: New York, 2011; Texas, 2017; U.S. District Court, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, 2017; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015; Fifth Circuit, 2017; Sixth Circuit, 2018