Raymond Martinez focuses his practice on employment and overtime litigation and serious workplace injury cases. He handles a wide variety of employment law and workplace injury issues including workplace injuries, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, accommodations and disability, overtime and wage disputes, contracts and commercial law, deceptive trade practices, breach of warranty, fraud, negligence, and business disputes. Ray often advised employers and employees on human resource issues and risk management strategies. Mr. Martinez also handles cases involving claims of unfair competition or violations of non-compete agreements.
Earlier in his career, he provided general and special counsel for numerous municipalities and government subdivisions. Prior to founding Martinez & Martinez Law Firm, PLLC, Mr. Martinez worked for Ford & Harrison, LLP (one of the largest labor and employment defense firms in the country), and he also served as an Assistant City Attorney in the Labor and Employment section of the City of Dallas’ Legal Department. Mr. Martinez currently represents federal employment unions in arbitrations, collective bargaining, unfair labor litigation and counseling.
Our law firm handles a wide variety of employment law and labor issues including focusing on the representation of government employees, public and private sector employee organizations and their members. We represent numerous public sector employee organizations in labor relations, bargaining and negotiation matters, as well as individual members in internal investigative, administrative and disciplinary proceedings. We represent private sector employee organizations in labor relations and negotiations matters. Our law firm represents government employees on an individual basis at all levels of investigatory, administrative and disciplinary proceedings. In addition to our representation of individuals before local public agencies, such as civil service commissions, we represent government employees before many state and federal level boards and commissions. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas. He is also admitted to the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Martinez has also been appointed as a labor and employment arbitrator to the Labor & Employment Arbitration Panels for Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for the American Arbitration Association. Ray is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Section; the El Paso Bar Association and has been elected for Board of Directors of the El Paso Bar Association for 2010-2013. Mr. Martinez is also president of the West Texas Employment Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Texas Employment Lawyers Association. Ray also served on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dalas. Mr. Martinez is also appointed to the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Hispanic Issues and the Immigration and Naturalization Committees for the State Bar of Texas. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Martinez lives in El Paso, Texas with his wife and three children.
Author and Speaker, “Equal Employment Opportunity – the Contract, Administrative Hearings, Lawsuits and the Rest”, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Border Patrol Council, Las Vegas, Nevada , February 2013.
Author and Speaker, “OIA/OIG investigations”, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Border Patrol Council, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2013. Author and Speaker, “Collective Actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act – A Plaintiff’s Perspective, and a Comment about Class Actions after Dukes v. WalMart”, Advanced Labor and Employment Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Section, Dallas, Texas, January 2012.
Speaker and Panelist, USERRA - Employment Issues affecting Veterans, Retirees, Active Duty Military, and their family members, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, El Paso Lawyers for Patriots, State Bar of Texas and El Paso Bar Association, Ft. Bliss, Texas, May 2011
Author and Speaker, “Collective Actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act – A Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Advanced Labor and Employment Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Section, San Antonio, Texas, September 2010.
Contributing Editor, The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2006 Cumulative Supplement, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law. Contributing Editor, The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2005 Cumulative Supplement, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.
Author and Speaker, “The ShortForm on Employment Practices Liability Insurance”, South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, Houston, Texas, 2006. Speaker, “Managing Diversity in the Workplace”, Texas General Counsel’s Forum, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2005.
Author and Speaker, EPLI, 12th Annual Conference on Labor and Employment Law, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 2005. Co-Author, Recent Developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence”, Federal Court Section, State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Tyler), 2004.
Author and Speaker, “Managing Medical Issues in the Workplace”, Mission Critical Labor and Employment Issues in 2004”, Dallas, Texas, 2004.
Speaker, “Hiring and Firing in Texas”, Small Firm and Solo Practioner Section of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, 2004.
Speaker, “Defending Worker’s Compensation Retaliation Claims”, Worker’s Compensation Forum, Dallas, Texas, 2004. Speaker, “Termination – Firing without Backfiring”, University of Texas Law Center, Dallas, Texas, 2004.
Author and Speaker, “Liability and immunity for Public Officials in Litigation Matters” by the Institute for Local Government Studies of the Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, 2003.
Co-Author, “Analysis of a Return to Work Program”, National Worker’s Compensation Seminar, Hyannis, Massachusetts, 1998.
Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1997)
Princeton University (B.A., 1994)
Ysleta High School