Jonathan D. Martin


Jonathan Martin is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Mr. Martin represents employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has extensive experience defending employers against claims such as discrimination, harassment, defamation, wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour violations. He also counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters including workplace investigations, discipline and termination, leaves of absence, employee handbooks and disability issues, and provides advice regarding preventative policies and practices. Mr. Martin has first-chair jury trial experience, obtaining a defense verdict for a major Bay Area city in a federal whistleblower lawsuit. He also has presented oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal, and secured affirmance of summary judgment for the employer on each occasion.

Mr. Martin has given presentations to various employer and human resources groups on topics of interest to employers, including workplace privacy, social media issues and recent developments in employment law, and has provided sexual harassment prevention training.

Before devoting his practice exclusively to employment law, Mr. Martin served as lead in-house counsel for a multi-faceted company based in southern California, where he managed litigation and outside counsel and provided advice on corporate, bankruptcy, employment, consumer protection and real estate matters. Through that experience, he gained invaluable first-hand insight regarding the legal needs of companies and their expectations of outside counsel, and he has relied on that knowledge to provide effective representation to clients ever since.

Reported Decisions

  • Salter v. Washington Township Health Care District, 260 F. Supp. 2d 919 (N.D. Cal. 2003) (granting summary judgment for employer in lawsuit alleging race harassment, retaliation and constructive discharge)
  • Murillo v. University of San Francisco, 223 Fed. Appx. 578 (9th Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment for employer in national origin discrimination case)


Co-author, “Exempt Me Not,” The Recorder (San Francisco), September 14, 2007

Professional Presentations

  • Lewis Brisbois San Francisco Employment & Workers’ Compensation Law Seminar, “Social Media Policies and New California Legislation,” September 2013
  • Lewis Brisbois San Francisco Employment & Labor Law Breakfast Briefing, “2013: A Year in Review,” February 2014


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • New Jersey
    • New York
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



New York

New Jersey

United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Court, Northern District of California

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


California State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section


Hofstra University School of Law

Juris Doctor 

  • Research Editor, Hofstra Law Review

Amherst College

Bachelor of Arts, Music and Psychology 

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