Martin Roth is a trial lawyer whose practice spans complex litigation matters across a wide array of industries. Martin has won trials for clients like BP, Sycamore Partners and Bixby Bridge Capital in state and federal courts across the country. Martin has also argued and won significant appeals for clients, including Blackstone, 3i Group and Sun Capital Partners. Martin’s recent Seventh Circuit win on an issue of first impression in a class action under the Genetic Information Privacy Act was highlighted in The National Law Journal and recognized by The American Lawyer in its “Litigator of the Week” series. Martin’s recent summary judgment win in a substantial M&A deal dispute was profiled by the New York Law Journal and again acknowledged by The American Lawyer.

Martin serves as lead trial counsel in many privacy class action cases, M&A deal-related litigation, and in significant commercial disputes involving private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. Martin is known for achieving efficient wins and commercial outcomes, whether through trial, arbitration, motion practice or negotiated settlements. Martin leads the Firm’s transactional risk insurance claims team, which has assisted clients in evaluating and making Rep & Warranty insurance claims, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries. In addition, Martin leads numerous post-M&A disputes, including purchase price adjustment and earn out arbitrations, valuation disputes and employment matters.

Martin serves on Law 360’s Illinois Editorial Advisory Board and the American Bar Association Business Law Section Host Committee. Martin is also dedicated to the community and serves on the Board of Friends of Prentice, a nonprofit organization supporting Northwestern Medicine’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. Before joining Kirkland, Martin clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Michael Kanne.


Thought Leadership


“Securities Law and the Supremacy Clause,” Securities Regulation Daily, April 30, 2021 

"Virtual Litigation in the Post-Pandemic Era?Bloomberg Law, November 9, 2020


Selected as “500 Leading Global Cyber Lawyers” by Lawdragon, 2024

Selected as “Illinois Super Lawyers” list by Super Lawyers, 2024

Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The AmLaw Litigation Daily2023

Selected as “Illinois Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2014–2022

Recognized as “40 Under 40” by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section Fall Meeting 2023 Host Committee

Law360 2022 Illinois Editorial Advisory Board 

Board Member, Friends of Prentice (Fundraising Board Supporting Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital)

American Jewish Committee, Marshall Society Member and Past President of ACCESS Chicago Board

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Massachusetts
  • 2008Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2007

    Order of the Coif

    Article Editor, Cornell Law Review

  • Harvard UniversityB.A., Governmentcum laude2004
    2004 American Parliamentary Debate Association National Champion