Michael E. Martinez

Managing Partner, Chicago Office

70 West Madison Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602-4207

United States of America

Michael E. Martínez concentrates his practice on multi-district class actions and arbitrations involving a wide spectrum of antitrust and complex commercial litigation issues. He has represented numerous global and domestic corporations in a wide variety of federal and state court cases involving antitrust claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and the Robinson-Patman Act as well as unfair competition and deceptive trade practice claims under numerous state statutes. He regularly counsels clients on competition, distribution, franchising, and sales and marketing practices.

Mr. Martínez has substantial experience seeking and defending emergency injunction matters involving false advertising, trade secrets, covenants not to compete and unfair competition. He has successfully argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and obtained immediate injunctive relief for clients in antitrust, franchising and intellectual property cases.

Mr. Martínez has represented successfully numerous national and international franchisors and manufacturers in a myriad of franchising and distribution issues. He has substantial experience counseling both domestic and international clients regarding distribution and licensing arrangements.

In 2016, the K&L Gates Chicago antitrust and competition group was recognized as the “Cartel & Trade Regulation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois” by the international review and assessment programs of both Corporate INTL Magazine and Global Law Experts


  • B.A., Purdue University (1994)
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School (1997)
    (Moot Court Board; Semi-Finalist and Best Brief Award, National Administrative Law Moot Court Competition)


Bar of Illinois, Bar of Wisconsin (Inactive)
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