Martin Roth is a litigation partner whose diverse trial practice spans the private equity, real estate, health care, oil and gas, professional services, and retail industries. Martin has won trials for clients like British Petroleum, Sycamore Partners, and Bixby Bridge Capital and achieved favorable outcomes through motion practice, negotiated settlements, and arbitration for clients including former NBA player Derek Fisher.

Martin has advised and successfully represented many private equity clients and their portfolio companies, including 3i Group, AE Industrial, Aterian Investment Partners, Sun Capital Partners, and Wind Point Partners, in a wide range of disputes — including deal-related indemnification actions, employment and non-compete disputes, earn-out and valuation arbitrations, trade secrets litigation, and other M&A-related issues.

Martin has successfully led dozens Rep & Warranty insurance claims arising out of private equity and public M&A deals and is actively involved in the development and growth of the Firm’s transactional risk insurance practice.

Martin is a Member of the Firmwide and Chicago Office Litigation Training Committees that head Kirkland’s trial advocacy program and litigation attorney training program (the Kirkland Institute of Trial Advocacy) and serves on Kirkland’s Recruiting committee.

Martin’s commitment to excellence extends beyond his legal practice. He graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he was a national debate champion, and received his J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School. Before joining Kirkland, Martin clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Michael Kanne.

Martin also devotes significant time to community service. He served as pro bono amicus counsel in the Fisher v. University of Texas U.S. Supreme Court cases and mentors diverse law students through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Martin previously served as President of the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS Chicago Board.


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


Rep & Warranty Insurance Claims: Lessons Learned and Practice Tips, September 12, 2018

#TwitterEthics: Issues Created by Social Media Use at Trial, Federal Bar Association (Chicago Chapter), May 2016

Panel presenter on Fisher v. Texas pro bono work at various panels held at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Chicago Bar Association, American Jewish Committee, University of Michigan Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and Northwestern Law School, 2012–2013


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

Honored as an "Illinois Rising Star" by Super Lawyers since 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

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