E. Martin Estrada

E. Martin Estrada

Martin Estrada is a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson.

His practice is focused on trials, arbitrations, complex litigation, and internal investigations.

Mr. Estrada represents major corporations and executives before both federal and state courts in a variety of areas, including business disputes, technology, antitrust, environmental regulation, securities, and competition law.

A former federal prosecutor and supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Estrada is an experienced litigator who has tried more than two dozen federal and state trials and arbitrations, argued over a dozen appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals, and handled numerous legal and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts.

Widely recognized by his peers and community, Mr. Estrada has been named among the “Top Litigators in Los Angeles” and one of the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Mr. Estrada is a two-time recipient of the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award and has received many other recognitions for his work, including the U.S. Department of Justice’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance and the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Federal Lawyer Award, awarded to the country’s top government attorneys. In 2018, he was named a “Rising Star” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. He has also previously been recognized as one of California’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by the Daily Journal.

Mr. Estrada has consistently been involved in public interest work and pro bono representations, including in the areas of immigration, education, and indigent services. His work in helping to lead and win one of the largest educational-rights cases in the country was recognized by the National Law Journal. Mr. Estrada is also an active member of the legal and civic communities, having served on the boards of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and past member of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) of the State Bar of California. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Loyola Law School’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic, part of the Alarcón Advocacy Project.

During his over seven years as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Estrada served as the Deputy Chief of the Violent and Organized Crime Section and as the International Organized Crime Coordinator in the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, and prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases involving a broad spectrum of criminal violations. Among other major cases, Mr. Estrada successfully led and directed the nation’s largest RICO organized crime prosecution targeting members and associates of Eurasian organized crime, one of the country’s largest-ever bank fraud and identity theft prosecutions, a major public corruption matter involving the illegal leaking of sensitive, under-seal information by a federal court clerk, and a multi-defendant prosecution involving the largest seizure of phencyclidine (PCP) in U.S. history.

Mr. Estrada served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin of the Central District of California and Judge Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2002, where he served as executive editor of Stanford Law Review, and earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1998.

Mr. Estrada’s family emigrated from Guatemala, and he is fluent in Spanish.


Key Representations

  • Southern California Edison in complex civil litigation regarding mass tort claims filed by over six dozen plaintiffs.
  • Booth Ranches, LLC in successfully defeating at trial claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and fraud.
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in a complex trial against insurance carriers for failure to cover an underlying securities settlement.
  • Jay Froberg, co-founder of ROAR LLC, in a successful high-stakes trial for control of the entertainment management company.
  • LG Electronics in federal multidistrict litigation in one of the largest pending antitrust cases in the country, involving claims of foreign price-fixing conduct.
  • Norton Simon Museum in obtaining summary judgment in a dispute involving the ownership of two paintings in the museum’s collection. The victory was named among the Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts of 2016.
  • A Mexico-based company facing criminal and civil liability with regard to regulatory violations.
  • A high-level corporate executive in federal multidistrict litigation regarding securities claims related to the bankruptcy of SunEdison, Inc.

Speaking Engagements / Interviews

  • Speaker, Constitutional Impact Litigation Border Wall Funding, the Right to Education and More, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), February 2020
  • Speaker, Juror Expectations Versus Reality, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), 46th Annual Seminar, The Transforming Business of Business Litigation, October 2019
  • Panelist, Prepping Your Client to Testify, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), June 2018
  • Panelist, Discovery (Domestic) and Information Exchange (International), USC/JAMS Arbitration Institute Third Annual Symposium, March 2018
  • Interviewed, The Curious Case of the Disappearing NutsOutside Magazine, June 2017
  • Panelist, Trial Practice, Education Law Center Litigators’ Workshop, October 2017
  • Interviewed by Oregon Public Broadcasting regarding the highly publicized first trial (March 2016), aftermath (December 2016) and second trial (February 2017), concerning the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation by Ammon Bundy.
  • Speaker, That’s a Wrap: The Good, the Bad, and the Reversible: in Closing Arguments, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 2016