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 $140,000,000 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.


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


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

Representative Authorship

Professional Associations

Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2019-present); National Association of Consumer Advocates (Texas State Co-Chair, 2015-present); College of the State Bar of Texas (2016-present); American Bar Association; American Association for Justice; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Dallas Bar 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