Martin H. Dodd


Contact Details

Direct: 415 399 3841
Fax: 415 399 3838

Martin Dodd’s practice focuses on complex commercial and employment litigation, appeals and alternative dispute resolution.  He has represented business clients in a variety of commercial disputes and has a special emphasis on disputes between co-owners of closely-held businesses.  His employment practice emphasizes advice and counseling, as well as representation in the range of employment disputes.  Martin also specializes in receivership law. Over the course of his more than 30-year career, he has both served as a federal receiver and has represented receivers in state and federal courts – including most recently the federal receiver for the California prison medical care system.  Finally, Martin has an active practice as a mediator, arbitrator and neutral evaluator in a wide variety of commercial, employment and civil rights disputes.


  • Counsels large and small companies, government entities and individuals in commercial, employment, product liability and toxic tort cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts 
  • Practices regularly in state and federal appellate courts, where he has handled numerous civil appeals and writs that resulted in published decisions in the California Supreme Court, California Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Has served as mediator in more than 200 matters, including commercial, employment, personal injury and real estate disputes
  • Was one of four national counsel for a large international company involved in toxic tort litigation, chiefly responsible for overseeing other counsel and for managing and settling, without trial, hundreds of claims 

Professional Participation

Outside the office, Martin is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the California State Bar’s Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Business Law sections.  From 2009-2011 he served as co-chair of the Litigation Section’s ADR Committee, which is devoted to educating attorneys and the public about the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and which provides a forum for discussion of ADR issues.  He is also a member of The Mediation Society.

Community Participation 

Martin is a member of The Board of Trustees of Palo Alto University.  He is also active in his synagogue, Congregation Beth El in Berkeley. He is a past president of the congregation and a former member of the board of directors, and a member of several committees. He has also served on the boards of Jewish Family and Children Services in the East Bay and Tehiyah Day School.

Articles Written

“The Eleventh Amendment and State Sovereign Immunity from Suit under Federal Law,” 24 Public Law Journal, No. 2 (Spring 2001) 

“Absolute and Qualified Immunities from Suit Under Federal Law,” 24 Public Law Journal, No. 4 (Fall 2001)

“Of Maestro and Marathon: Waiver of the Right to Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices in a Boys Markets World,” 5 Industrial Relations Law Journal 203 (1983)

Speaking Engagements

“Picking a Mediator: What Does the Empirical Data Tell Us?” Co-panelist, State Bar Annual Meeting, October 10, 2013.

“The Sequester Aftermath:  A New Dawn for Mediating Government Contract Claims,” ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 9, 2013 (co-presenter).

“Mediation: Prepare, Present and Produce the Best Results for your Clients,” (co-presenter).  State Bar Annual Convention, 2010

“Equity Receiverships”, Receivers’ Forum, 2009

“Co-Owner Disputes: Procedures and Remedies,” 2007 Closely Held Business Conference, California CPA Education Foundation 

“Involuntary Corporate Dissolution: A Case Study In Three Acts”, Family Firm Institute Study Group meeting, 2007 

“Mediation for Non-Litigators”, (co-presenter) State Bar Annual Convention, 2007 

“Selected Topics in Employment Law,” 2006 Closely-Held Business Conference, CalCPA Education Foundation

“Mediating Employment Disputes”, 2006 Employment Practices Conference, California CPA Education Foundation 

“Does Your Client Have A Code Enforcement Problem? Assessing, Handling and Resolving Building and Housing Complaints Received From Government Agencies”, (co-presenter) State Bar Section Education Institute, 2006


U.S. District Court for Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

Articles Editor, Industrial Relation Law Journal (1981-1982)
Order of the Coif, 1982

Northern California Super Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
AV-Rated, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013