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Since 1979, the Law Offices of John F. Martin has represented Plaintiffs and Defendants in a wide variety of employment, personal injury, and consumer matters. Senior Partner John F. Martin has over 35 years of experience in litigating cases in California and Federal Courts. Associate Attorneys Georgelle Cuevas (Heintel) and Marta R. Vanegas provide our clients with excellent legal representation.

John is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings for over 25 years and is listed as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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  1. Employment: 70%
    26 years, 1.56 thousand cases
  2. Civil Rights: 10%
    44 years, 112 cases
  3. Education: 10%
    26 years, 224 cases
  4. Administrative Law: 10%
    36 years, 335 cases



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  • Marta R Vanegas

    I endorse this lawyer. John favors practical solutions over extended litigation and is immensely knowledgeable in the areas of employment and civil rights law. He is result-oriented, yet pursues excellence and is highly dedicated to ethical, professional, and zealous representation of our clients. I learned a tremendous amount from John and am happy to call him my friend and mentor.


    Marta Vanegas Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

3100 Oak Rd Ste 230
Walnut Creek, CA, 94597-7740


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
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AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of John F. Martin1994 - Present
PartnerLaw Office of Sandvik and Martin1979 - 1994
AssociateLaw Office Gerald P. Martin1975 - 1979
Deputy District AttorneyAlameda County District Attorney's Office1972 - 1975
Office ManagerNew York Life Insurance Company1966 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fee Arbitration Panel, Alameda County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
EASE Mediation Panel, Contra Costa County Superior CourtMember1999 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1972 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
C.B. v. City of Sonora, 769 F.3d 1005 (9th Cir., En Banc, 2014)Affirmed in part, and reversed in part.
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarPreparation and Trial of a Difficult Case1997
National Business Institute, IncPersonal Injury Litigation in California1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Francisco Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Personal Injury Trial PracticePreparation and Trial of a Difficult Case1997
Personal Injury LitigationPersonal Injury Litigation in California1993