Michael Martello is a seasoned litigator and strategic litigation manager with substantial business, regulatory and government experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Martello served as the City Attorneys of Mountain View, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale and Concord, California, and as Assistant City Attorney of Thousand Oaks, California. Mr. Martello has testified before state agencies and the California Legislature on the drafting and consideration of important legislation and regulatory matters.
Mr. Martello has experience in high-profile litigation, including numerous matters involving complex financial accounting and auditing. He has obtained numerous seven figure settlements for his clients in publicly-prominent matters. Among his diverse experiences, Mr. Martello served on the seven-member creditor’s committee in the Orange County Bankruptcy, and was one of the attorneys in the lawsuit which ultimately produced California’s SLAPP legislation.
Mr. Martello is the principal author of Providing Conflict of Interest Advice, a 167-page practice manual for government attorneys. He has written and lectured extensively for 30 years on ethics, the Political Reform Act, as well as land use and planning, zoning, construction and other diverse areas of real estate law.
Mr. Martello received his BS magna cum laude from Arizona State and his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law.