Overview

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 appeals for clients, including Sun Capital Partners. Martin is known for achieving efficient and commercial outcomes, whether through trial, motion practice, or negotiated settlements.

Martin serves as lead trial counsel in privacy class action cases, M&A deal-related litigation, and in many commercial disputes involving private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. 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 before joining Kirkland clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Michael Kanne.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

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

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

Seminars

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

Recognition

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

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

Memberships & Affiliations

Law360 2022 Illinois Editorial Advisory Board 

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

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Massachusetts
  • 2008Illinois

Courts

  • 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

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Education

  • 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