Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez’s practice focuses primarily on family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, legal separation, child support, spousal support, third-party rights, relocation, enforcement, and modification of domestic relations orders.  Ms. Martinez has practiced exclusively in family law for over 10 years, and opened her own family law firm in April of 2011.  She continues to run her private practice while supervising family law cases as of-counsel to the ASU Alumni Law Group.

Prior to family law, Ms. Martinez began her legal career in general civil and commercial litigation, including insurance defense and representation of residential developers in construction defect litigation.  Ms. Martinez served in associate and senior-associate positions at mid-sized law firms in the Phoenix Metropolitan area where she represented national homebuilders in construction defect mass actions involving multiple and varied defect claims brought by homeowners.  This practice included third-party actions against subcontractors for contractual indemnity and additional-insured carrier obligations.  Ms. Martinez’s work in civil litigation honed her negotiation and trial skills for a successful family law practice.

Ms. Martinez is licensed to practice in all state courts in Arizona, and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Ms. Martinez completed her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude.  Ms. Martinez distinguished herself at ASU by receiving the Ross R. Rice Award for Excellence in Political Science, serving as a Political Science Junior Fellow, and completing an internship for the Arizona Legislature at the Arizona House of Representatives.  Ms. Martinez received her Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In law school, Ms. Martinez served as a member-writer on the Journal of International and Comparative Law, received 2nd place for best brief in Moot Court, and clerked for The Honorable Gilbert Veliz in the Pima County Superior Court.  Ms. Martinez also served in the UofA Domestic Violence Law Clinic, where she counseled clients in matters of family law and represented clients in domestic violence proceedings including Order of Protection hearings.  Her service at this Clinic sparked her interest and dedication to family law.

Ms. Martinez considers herself a native of Phoenix, Arizona, having resided in the Valley of the Sun since she was 3 years old.  Outside of her law practice, Ms. Martinez enjoys assisting friends and family in buying/selling real estate, exploring the beautiful state of Arizona, attending the theatre and performing arts, and most of all spending time with her two amazing teen-aged daughters.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Family Law Section Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Trial Section Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent, REALTOR©

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, May, 1999

James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude), Political Science, May, 1996

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ