Jennifer M. Martinez
Jennifer provides strategic, programmatic, and operational leadership for initiatives that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the firm. She works with firm management, practice group leadership, and firm committees to advance such initiatives and leverage best practices and resources across the firm to promote cultural competency and an environment of equity and inclusion. This includes creating and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and programming; developing and executing diversity hiring, retention, and advancement goals and policies; re-examining the firm's internal policies and practices with an eye towards rooting out unconscious bias, inequity, and microaggressions; empowering attorneys to forge new and stronger relationships with public interest organizations for increased pro bono services related to racial justice and equity; and coordinating the firm's internal and external efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the legal community and in the local communities where our attorneys and staff work and live. Jennifer has also headed our Real Action Calling for Equality (RACE) Task Force since its creation in June 2020 as part of the firm's commitment to re-evaluate and improve our investment in and commitment to justice and equity. She is also the chair of our Recruiting Committee.
As part of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, she advises employers on a wide variety of employment issues, specializing in startups, early-stage companies, and technology companies. In addition to general advice and counseling, she handles sensitive harassment matters, whistleblower investigations, and client trainings. She also has a niche specialty advising on employment issues in mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions, including employment-related diligence, definitive agreement terms, and post-transaction issues such as integration, policy compliance, employee leveling, and restructuring.
Prior to becoming the firm’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Jennifer was a full-time partner in the firm's Labor Section, where she handled mergers and acquisitions; advice and counseling; and a large litigation practice representing public and private employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies regarding all manner of employment claims, including single plaintiff actions, wage and hour representative and class actions, and jury trials.
Before joining us, Jennifer practiced in the employment litigation and employee mobility practices at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.
Areas of Focus
Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Member Editor
Stanford StreetLaw, President
Stanford Latino Law Students Association, Co-President
Women of Color Action Network, Co-President
Admissions and Courts
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Women's Impact Network, Member
California Minority Counsel Program, Board of Directors
Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Member
USLAW NETWORK Diversity Council Member
"'Be Bold': Hanson Bridgett's DEI Chief on Why Firms Should Stand Their Ground," The Recorder (November 2023)
"'We Don't Overbook the Airplane': Why Pre-OCI Recruiting Hasn't Taken Off at Midsize Firms," ALM (September 2023)
"Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Visionary," Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing (December 2022)
"Driving Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," Reinventing Professionals Podcast (August 2021)
"Takeaways From Hanson Bridgett's All-Female Summer Class," Law360 Pulse (July 2021)
"Podcast: Kristina Lawson & Jennifer Martinez of Hanson Bridgett LLP," The Registry's Real Perspectives Podcast (May 2021)
"Hanson Bridgett Found Double-Digit PEP Growth Despite RPL Decline," The Recorder (March 2021)
"Big Law is Adding to its Diversity-Focused Leadership Ranks," The American Lawyer (January 2021)
"Hanson Bridgett Names Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Officer," Daily Journal (January 2021)
"How This Calif. Firm Plans To Become More Diverse In 2021," Law360 (January 2021)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion, Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence & Power in Law awards (2023)
Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Journal (2021)
Golden Gate University Law School, La Raza Graduation, Keynote Speaker (2019)
Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation; Employment & Labor (2013–2019)