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Katharina Martinka

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Katie Martinka

  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 11 years
    California - CA 31 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Katharina

Learn Katharina’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    Advise, influence and collaborate with Boards, CEOs and leadership teams on legal strategies and issues from business formation to dissolution/wind-up. Advise on Regulatory Compliance, including Prop 65, FCPA, Corporate Governance, Data Privacy & Security.

    32 years

  2. Employment and labor
    Represent companies and executives on a wide variety of employment related issues; advocate at mediations, arbitrations for successful employment law resolutions. Assist Executives in negotiating packages when onboarding and exiting companiew

    24 years

  3. Intellectual property
    Manage clients' intellectual property portfolios; Advise and speak on protection of intellectual property rights

    32 years

I am an experienced attorney with 30 years of transactional experience in Employment, Intellectual Property, Corporate and Real Estate law.  I counsel Executives in transition, as well as Boards, CEOs, CFOs and business leaders of privately and publicly held companies throughout their business life cycles.  I am a team player who possesses a ceaseless drive to make things happen, a willingness to make decisions and the ability to build trusting relationships.

I am an active member of the California and Arizona Bar Associations.



The Law Offices of Katharina Martinka, PLLC
52 W, Yale Loop
Irvine, CA, 92604

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Posted by Robert | May 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Katharina is true Professional!
I had an employment related issue and Katherina reviewed the company documents and provided concise guidance that assisted me to close with HR. She is a true professional. Thanks again Katharina.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expertise and compassion
I contacted Ms. Martinka for assistance after being laid off. The initial conversation was very informative, so I hired her law firm to work on my case. She was incredibly professional at all times, while still being very compassionate and human - which is so important at a time like this. She was very detail oriented, very knowledgeable, and held my former employer’s feet to the fire. Communications were timely and clear. Billing was transparent and fair. Her advice was as we moved forward was thoughtful and she had my best interest in mind. Most of all, it was wonderful to have Ms. Martinka in my corner during this trying time. I would very much recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer.
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Posted by Petra | December 21, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Katharina rocks it!
I worked with Katharina to optimize terms of separation agreements presented to me by former employers. In both matters, Katharina maximized severance packages and secured equitable and mutual terms and conditions on my behalf. Moreover, her professionalism and humor put me at ease, she presented the available options and likely outcomes clearly and concisely, and she stayed in touch with me throughout the process.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
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Hello, I must say that Katharina made the process so much easier. The process could have been very stressful but she made things look easy which helped me relax. In so many ways Katharina fought to get the settlement I deserved. She was a force to be reckon with. She went above and beyond to ensure my settlement negotiations were achieved. Cheers to a wonderful end to the year! Kudos to Katharina for her legal expertise and knowledge. Her ability to make an incredibly complex situation feel simple can be attributed to Katharina being a good strategist
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Posted by Lisa | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer for company/employee settlement
Helped me through the process and was able negotiate a higher settlement then expected. Her expertise, negotiating tactics and timing were critical to getting a higher settlement.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Katie Martinka is an excellent attorney. She is knowledgeable and walked me through a difficult employment situation every step of the way. She is responsive, organized and did a great job following up and following through especially when we were waiting for information. Her efforts produced a successful outcome for me. I highly recommend Katie. She truly cares about her clients and will support you 100%.
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Posted by Michael | April 17, 2021
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One Excellent Attorney!
When presented with an extremely difficult situation with my prior employer, I contacted Katharina "Katie" Martinka. From the first consultation, I knew I had found the right attorney. She advised me that she would get me the result that I needed, although it seemed to me hat my situation was unresolvable. Katie was able to interact with my previous employer's counsel to ensure that I received a fair deal. She got the exact resolution needed for me to move forward and on with my life. I highly recommend Katie and will absolutely contact her if needed in the future!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Favorable outcome human resources attorney
I had an unfair pay situation with my employer where I was unable to personally resolve the matter and my complaints were ignored and dismissed, so I knew I needed an attorney. Katie was referred to me by someone who had heard positive comments about work she had done for an acquaintance at another organization. Katie immediately took charge, informed me about my legal rights, how to navigate through the legal system and got the conversation going with the necessary people to discuss my claims. Katie was able to negotiate a favorable out of court settlement and without her expertise I would have not received anything. I would recommend that anyone with a human resource matter to discuss your situation with her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Katharina negotiated an exit package for me that I had already started on my own. She was able to gain additional healthcare benefits, executive coaching & outplacement services and appropriate mutual release language. She was extremely responsive and I always knew the status of my case.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied client
Katie is extremely helpful and responsive. She was able to resolve a complex situation with tenacity, yet remained calm and supportive of me at every juncture. She is a wonderful, highly recommend and already have referred to others. A+ for organization, responsiveness and integrity.
Posted by Joe | July 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent results!!
Katie is a consummate professional. She was fair, open, honest and transparent every step of the way. She took a personal interest in helping us navigate through a very challenging set of circumstances. Katie delivered all she committed to and more. I would strongly recommend her.
Posted by Catherine | September 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I could not have been happier!
Katharina was recommended to me by another lawyer who had done some work for me in the past, because she had more experience in the field in which I had a problem- employee fraud. I had hired a woman as my assistant / bookkeeper/ office manager at my very small business, who ended up embezzling from me, and also costing me a lot of money by being totally incompetent. To make a long story short, after my new bookkeeper and I fully documented what had happened, K wrote a scary letter to my ex-employee, who promptly admitted having done it... in large part due to Ms. Martinka's expertise the whole resolution went incredibly smoothly, and I was very promptly re-imbursed not only the embezzled amount but all of my expenses around resolution, and damages for all the late fees, interest, etc. which she had cost me from having consistently failed to file tax forms correctly. Katharina throughout the entire process was easy to get in touch with, easy to communicate with, friendly, even funny, and totally professional and efficient. I give her the absolute highest recommendation!!!
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Posted by Jennifer | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I consulted with and subsequently hired Katharina to assist me in an employment matter (pregnancy discrimination) I was facing with my employer. Specifically, she helped to successfully negotiate my desired separation and severance from the Company while ensuring that my professional reputation remained intact. She works extremely efficiently, is very responsive, and professional. She kept me in the loop each step of the way and communicates clearly and effectively. She made me feel at ease with the process and I felt like she always had my best interest in mind. I would not hesitate to hire her again (should I need to).
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Posted by Charles | February 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Katie is tenacious in pursuit of her clients’ interests
Katie has been giving me excellent legal advice since before she formed my corporation in January 2000. In addition to being highly knowledgeable in corporate transactions and contracts, IP and employment matters, her approaches are innovative, insightful and affordable. She is tenacious in pursuit of her clients’ interests. I unhesitatingly refer her to my clients and colleagues.
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Posted by Dawn Thompson | February 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Counsel
Over the past 20 years, Katharina Martinka has provided a range of legal services for our businesses, including setting up an LLC, writing and reviewing contracts and NDA’s, employment law matters, and advice on our personal trust. She has always been very professional, highly knowledgeable, thorough in her research and recommendations, and a pleasure to work with. Her expedient results continue to exceed our expectations. Highly recommend Ms. Martinka to anyone looking for outstanding legal counsel. She is the best!
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Posted by Paul | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Corporate Legal Services
Ms. Martinka has provided our company with legal services that span from corporate governance, human resources, and contract review and negotiation for the past 10 years. We find her to be delightful to work with as she is a very knowledgeable, thorough, and responsible. We will continue to utilize her legal services for our legal needs and highly recommend her to organizations of all sizes.
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Posted by Greg | April 13, 2015
Katie Martinka Rocks!
From the initial consultation to the very closing of my case and representation, Katie was professional, thorough and responsive. She set realistic expectations and looked to achieve a fair and practical results vs. looking to run up her billable hours. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I do, I will for sure use Katie Martinka.
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Posted by Francisco T. Avalos | November 26, 2014
Ms. Martinka Brilliance for Law.
After repeated attempts trying to resolve an issue with an insurance company, I called on Ms. Martinka for guidance and help. She listen to my case and within three weeks, the issue was resolved beyond my expectations. Throughout this process, Ms. Martinka kept me informed and set expectations. Overall, Ms. Martinka's possesses legal acumen to go along with her business brilliance to resolve issues effectively and in a timely manner. Highly recommend Ms. Martinka.
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Posted by Chris | October 1, 2014
Highly Capable Employment Attorney!
Katharina was very helpful in assisting me with an Employment Agreement tied to a lender owned portfolio company. Her insight and experience ensured all the right questions were asked and necessary provisions were included.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
Highly Talented Labor Attorney - Katharina is the best of the best!
Katharina came highly recommended to me as I was going through the process of giving notice to my employer, we were relocating to a new city due to my husband's job. I am a Sales Professional and having completed a successful year, was owed a substantial commission payment upon my departure. I engaged Katie to assist with navigating the legal aspect of my employer's obligation to honor those commissions. She took the time to thoroughly understand the history, facts, company policies, and sales agreement related to the situation and proceeded to identify the relevant laws that required my employer to honor the commissions. Katie was able to get this issue resolved very quickly and successfully because her extensive knowledge of employment law coupled with her professional follow through cannot be beat. She has the distinct talent of working successfully with both employees and employers, thereby providing a unique perspective to her clients. Katharina is sharp, responsive and does not shy away from a challenge. She is a delight to work with and I too, would highly recommend her.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-600 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney At Law
  • Law Offices of Katharina Martinka
  • 2004 - Present


  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • John Dempsey Political Science Award
  • University of Michigan
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Technology Council Law and Technology Committee
  • 5 Things You and Your Company Can Do to Protect Your IP Rights in 2014
  • 2014
  • Verde Valley Human Resources Association
  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes Hiring Managers Make
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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General practice Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with Ms. Martinka for many years when she was General Counsel for one of my clients. I wholeheartedly endorse Ms. Martinka. She is a creative and effective business attorney, both in transactions and disputes. She listens to her clients, understands their goals well, and provides practical solutions. She very capably lays out the alternatives for clients, and then respects the fact that clients need to make decisions based upon many business factors, such as cost, image, and the need to resolve matters quickly so they can move their business past the current problem. I believe clients will be very happy with Ms. Martinka's services."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Martinka is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend her for you corporate or employment matter."
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Irvine Corporate and incorporation Lawyer Katharina Martinka
Katharina Martinka
Corporate and incorporation Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 31 years