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Diane Martinez

Partner


(213) 426-2000

Diane Martinez, a Partner at Hurrell Cantrall LLP, has been with the firm since 2010.  She started with Hurrell Cantrall LLP as a law clerk and has since honed her skills as a trial attorney.  She practices in both state and federal court.  She has extensive case management and trial experience, and has litigated cases involving state law torts, employment law, and claims of violation of civil rights under federal and state law. 

Ms. Martinez's practice is focused on employment law and government entity liability defense.  Particularly, she focuses on sexual assault/battery and harassment claims.  Her clients include municipalities, school districts, various governmental entities and their executives and employees.

Ms. Martinez is fluent in Spanish and enjoys physical challenges outside the courtroom, such as running half marathons, she completed a sprint triathlon, and participated in the YMCA stair climb fundraiser where she climbed 1,664 steps (75 stories).

Representative Matters:

  • Defense verdict as lead trial attorney in sexual assault case stemming from an adult female plaintiff’s allegations against a law enforcement officer.
  • Defense verdict in personal injury case involving plaintiff firefighter’s allegations that defendant fire captain purposefully kicked him in the testicle during a self-defense demonstration, resulting in amputation and sterility.
  • Defense verdict in negligence and premises liability case involving a minor plaintiff who sustained injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, when he fell from a tree on school campus.
  • Defense verdict in employment case involving plaintiff bus driver’s claims that he was discriminated against based on his age when he was terminated from his employment.
  • Defense verdict in employment case involving plaintiff bus driver’s claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Summary judgment granted in its entirety in sexual assault case wherein female adult plaintiff alleged a law enforcement officer sexually assaulted her during a series of wrongful detentions.
  • Summary judgment granted in its entirety dismissing a law enforcement agency and fire department in an alleged wrongful death action based on a dangerous condition of public property theory of liability arising out of an automobile accident that occurred during the course of a fireworks display which resulted in one fatality and several injured minor plaintiffs. 

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Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

Education

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 2005
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2010