Martin Greene is a nationally recognized trial lawyer whose expertise and consultation is routinely sought by Fortune 500 corporations, public entities and middle market businesses alike. Clients appreciate his forthright assessment of their state of affairs. He is well known to opponents and the plaintiffs’ bar as a formidable adversary.
He focuses primarily on class action and other high-stakes employment litigation, and anti-corruption investigations and compliance. Mr. Greene has acted as lead counsel on dozens of federal and state court trials for Fortune 500 companies and government entities, and has won more than 80% of them. His experience includes participation in several programs, conferences and seminars, many concerning employment law. Some of these were hosted by such agencies as the EEOC and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, as well as by universities and bar associations.
Mr. Greene brings decades of experience representing clients in a variety of high-stakes matters dependent on investigation and assessment of sensitive facts. He applies his expertise in investigations in the context of both personnel claims and conformity with various legal obligations. Some of these matters were high profile at the time of his engagement, while others by virtue of his efforts were brought to discreet resolutions. As a member of the firm’s anti-corruption team, he offers expertise across sovereign borders. The varied language skills and cultural knowledge of his team members supplement his talents.
In 1980, Mr. Greene served as a member of the presidential transition team for President-elect Ronald Reagan, where he prepared a report on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He later served on the transition team for Chicago Mayor-elect Harold Washington, compiling a study on the City of Chicago, Department of Law.
Honors & Achievements
- 2016 NAMWOLF Yolanda Coly Advocacy Award
- 2015 Leading Lawyer – Leading Lawyers Magazine
- Listed in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Chicago
Affiliations & Activities
- Member, Racial Justice Diversity Committee for the Northern District of Illinois, 2020
- National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF): Board Member, past Board Secretary and Member of Executive Committee; Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
- Member, Advisory Board for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
- Certificate of Recognition, U.S. Small Business Administration 2013 Emerging Leader Program
- Past President, National Minority Law Group, 2007 – 2010
- Panelist, Diverse Outside Counsel: Who’s Getting the Business?, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, August 2022.
- Lecturer in Law, Course: Employment Discrimination Law, The University of Chicago Law School, Spring Quarter 2021.
- Panelist, Chicago Symposium on the State of Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 2018
- Panelist, Employee Classification: Boost the Bottom Line, or Toe the Line?, Law Bulletin Employment Law Conference, 2014
- Contributor, An Open Letter to General Counsels, National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms Advocacy Committee, February 2019
- Contributing Editor, Uninvited: Counsel Lists and How They Limit Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ Access to Legal Work, National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms Advocacy Committee, 2015