Martin Woodward

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Martin WoodwardSince joining the firm in 2000, Martin Woodward has built a national practice representing clients in complex class action and business tort litigation throughout the United States.

Mr. Woodward led the firm’s efforts in class actions such as Cappalli v. BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., 904 F. Supp. 2d 184 (D.R.I. 2012), resulting in a multistate settlement on behalf of a class of more than one million consumers, obtained certification of a nationwide RICO class in Murphy v. Gospel for Asia, Inc., 327 F.R.D. 227 (W.D. Ark. 2018), leading to a $37 million settlement, and played a key role in Haddock v. Nationwide Financial Services, Inc., 293 F.R.D. 272 (D. Conn. 2013), which brought about a national settlement in an ERISA class action involving over $100,000,000 in relief to a class of retirement plan trustees.

Mr. Woodward has also directed the firm’s strategy in business tort matters such as Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland v. Kramer & Assocs. CPAs, LLC, No. 13-2449-CM-TJJ, 2014 WL 2557921 (D. Kan. June 6, 2014), an accounting malpractice case on behalf of a surety.

Education

Swarthmore College (B.A., 1990); The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1996). Secretary, Corporate Counsel Society, The University of Texas School of Law. 1994-95. Executive Editor, Texas International Law Journal, 1995-96; Baker & Botts Best Note Award, 1995; E. Ernest Goldstein Best Editor Award, 1996.

Bar & Court Admissions

State Bar of Texas, 1996; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2016; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2002; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2010; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2004; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2007; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1997; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1999; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1998; U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1999

Internship

Judicial Intern to Hon. Rose Spector, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas, Spring 1996.

Representative Authorship

  • Must You Take ’No’ for an Answer? Options after an adverse Rule 23(f) ruling in theory and practice,” Class Actions & Derivative Suits, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Spring 2019, Vol. 29, No. 3
  • The Audit Interference Rule: Accounting Malpractice in Texas,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, October 2016, Vol. 41, No. 10
  • Class Notice Version 2.0: Revising Rule 23 for the Internet Age,” Class Actions & Derivative Suits, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Winter 2016, Vol. 26, No. 2
  • “Navigating the Rough Terrain: Class Actions in Texas after HB4 and CAFA,” The Advocate, Fall 2008 (Co-Author)
  • “Changing the Rules: Texas Class Action Practice After HB4 and CAFA,” State Bar of Texas, August 2006
  • “Class Actions, MDL, Venue, and Forum Non: Micro-Management of Mass Torts,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, December 2003 (Co-Author)
  • “Resolving Class Actions in the Plaintiff’s Favor: Settlement and Contested Final Judgments,” Federal Bar Association, April 2001; (Co-Author)
  • “TRIPS and NAFTA’s Chapter 17: How Will Trade-Related Multilateral Agreements Affect International Copyright?” 31 Tex. Int’l L.J. 269 (1996)

Professional Associations

College of the State Bar of Texas; National Association of Consumer Advocates (Texas State Co-Chair, 2015-19); American Bar Association; American Association for Justice; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Dallas Bar Association; Dallas Trial Lawyers Association; Public Justice.

Representative Presentations

  • “Connected Cars And Liability: The Cahen Case And Beyond,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, September 2016.
  • “The Audit-Interference Rule and Beyond: A Surety’s Strategies for Overcoming The Comparative Negligence Defense in Accounting Malpractice Cases,” Surety Claims Institute, June 2016
  • “Notice in The 21st Century: Email, Social Media, and Beyond,” Class Action Symposium, Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, November 2015
  • “Discovery of the Class Representative – Issues of Harassment and Confidentiality,” Class Action Symposium, Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, October 2008
  • “Class Action Basics in Texas,” Frisco Bar Association, October 2006