Nicolas P. Martin

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Construction
  • General Liability & Casualty
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability & Services
  • Toxic Tort
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9262
Fax: 415.434.1370
University University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Economics & Political Science, 2005; University of Cambridge; United Kingdom, Economics, Philosophy and Political Science coursework, 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
Admitted2009, California; Hawaii; U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. District Court, Hawaii; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar
San Francisco Bar Association


Nick Martin defends companies and individuals sued in products liability, premises liability, toxic tort and general litigation matters. His clients include national and local manufacturers, retailers, property owners and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of service, sales and products industries.

Nick creates exit strategies for his clients at an early stage, mapping out and evaluating potential case outcomes for their respective benefits and risks, including verdict analyses. Where needed, he develops leverage opportunities to put pressure on opposing parties. The client's business and litigation goals are crucial to and closely integrated with this assessment. Nick considers short- and long-term effects, including how to best prevent and defend against duplicate claims from other parties. Depending on the client's stated interests, the matter may be defended pre-lawsuit, by motion at the pleadings stage or after discovery, at trial through verdict or on appeal. No matter the approach, the client's preferred course is implemented in a focused, surgical, budgeted manner, with regular and timely updates provided on case developments.

Over the course of his practice, Nick has defended small business owners, Fortune 100 companies, property managers, luxury retailers, construction companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, architects, attorneys, military contractors, trucking companies, and local “mom and pop” operations.

In addition to his admissions in California and Hawaii, Nick also appears pro hac vice in other western states, including Washington and Utah. If his clients face related matters in multiple venues, he defends those through a coordinated, multijurisdictional approach that ensures the client's defenses and disclosures are consistent, accurate and narrowly tailored to each state's requirements. When called upon, Nick also defends his clients on appeal.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Nick completed a clerkship at the Supreme Court of California, the highest appellate court in the state. He served as a law clerk for then Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter, preparing draft opinions and research memoranda on a variety of novel, highly contentious issues of first impression. In addition, Nick completed a clerkship at the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, the state's intermediate appellate court, where he served the Presiding Justice, James A. Ardaiz.

Outside the courtroom, Nick is just as eager to take up a challenge. He is an avid mountaineer, claiming several 14, 000-foot summits and ski descents in the Cascade Range and High Sierras.

Awards & Distinctions

Selected for inclusion in Rising Stars for Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015


Proposed California Legislation Would Mandate Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Disclosures Statewide

CA Bill on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Disclosure

July 13, 2015

California's proposed Asbestos Tort Claim Trust Transparency Act, if passed, would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose all asbestos bankruptcy trust claim documents in asbestos tort actions. In addition, plaintiffs would be required to submit a sworn statement identifying the status of each claim, including all monies requested and received.

Los Angeles Asbestos Court Ramps up Plaintiffs' Bankruptcy Trust Disclosure Requirements

Bankruptcy Trust Disclosure in Asbestos Litigation

April 27, 2015

On April 7, 2015, the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles issued its “Case Management Order Requiring Disclosure of Bankruptcy Trust Claims, Claims-Related Materials, and Asbestos Exposure Facts.” Coupled with a 2014 North Carolina decision, unprecedented in its scope and detail about the secrecy shrouding asbestos bankruptcy submissions, the case management order gives defendants a powerful new argument in support of transparency regarding plaintiffs' asbestos bankruptcy claims.


Hake Law Attorneys Join National Law Firm Wilson Elser

April 1, 2014


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Proposed California Legislation Would Mandate Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Disclosures Statewide
Kristin N. Ivanco,Nicolas P. Martin, July 14, 2015
California Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has introduced and sponsored Assembly Bill No. 597, the Asbestos Tort Claim Trust Transparency Act, which if passed would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose all asbestos bankruptcy trust claim documents in asbestos tort actions. These...

Los Angeles Asbestos Court Ramps up Plaintiffs’ Bankruptcy Trust Disclosure Requirements
Nicolas P. Martin,John E. Rosenthal, May 6, 2015
Asbestos plaintiffs can seek damages in two independent compensation systems: by filing tort claims against solvent defendants and by filing claims with any of the dozens of asbestos bankruptcy trusts established under section 524(g) of the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code. These trusts, typically set up...
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Nicolas P. Martin

525 Market Street, 17th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94105-2725


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