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Manuel F. Martinez

Partner | Walnut Creek

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Tel: 925.953.1620
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Manuel F. Martinez is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. His practice focuses on labor and employment, charter school, student, technology and facilities and business issues.


He is well-versed in all areas of civil litigation, trial practice and appellate work. He has advised clients on cutting edge issues such as cloud computing, electronic records, and public private partnerships regarding web-based applications. He is also skilled in various aspects of employment law, including dismissals, discipline, investigations and employee/employer relations and negotiations. He also advises clients regarding the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and elections.

Mr. Martinez is experienced in all aspects of charter schools, including drafting and negotiating MOUs, charter reviews, assisting clients with Prop. 39 facility requests, charter oversight, facility issues, petition review and revocation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Martinez served as Associate County Counsel for the County of Alameda. He successfully negotiated the settlement of several cases through formal mediation and informal discussions. As a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles, he conducted jury trials, researched and briefed appeals before the Los Angeles Superior Court, and regularly assisted and advised attorneys with pretrial, trial, and post-conviction matters.

Presenter Experience

Mr. Martinez has been a speaker for the California School Boards Association (CSBA), co-presented at the California Latino School Board Associations Unity Conference (CLSBA), and at the Association of Superintendents with Innovative Charter Schools.


Mr. Martinez received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School at Loyola Marymount University, where he was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he majored in Political Science.

California Public Records Act Balancing Exemption Protects COVID Information

By: Manuel MartinezSophia Cohn-

FTC Issues New Guidance Regarding Child Online Privacy Law in Light of COVID-19

By: Manuel Martinez-

Public Agencies Can Be Liable For Attorney's Fees In Reverse-CPRA Actions

By: Manuel MartinezSophia Cohn-

Students Suspended For Two Or More Days Must Now Be Provided Homework Assignments

By: Manuel MartinezAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Letter Saves City From Potential Brown Act Violations

By: Manuel Martinez-

Court Of Appeal Shields Personnel Records From Disclosure

By: Manuel MartinezBenjamin Brown-

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Local Agencies Can Recover Costs Associated With Redacting Video Footage Under The Public Records Act

By: Manuel MartinezJessica Mejorado-

Directory and Personal Information Must Be Withheld from Board Meeting Minutes upon Request

By: Manuel Martinez-

California Bans For-Profit Charter Schools

By: Manuel MartinezErin Hamor-

Records Requesters May Recover Attorney Fees in Reverse-CPRA Actions

By: Manuel MartinezJessica Mejorado-

Immigration Enforcement Actions in California

By: Sloan SimmonsManuel Martinez-

Feds Offer Guidance on Recent School Data System Hacks

By: Manuel Martinez-

Discovery of Public Records after Requester Filed Lawsuit Leads to Attorney Fee Award for Plaintiff

By: Manuel MartinezSteve Ngo-

California Public Records Act Applies to Private Accounts

By: Harold FreimanManuel Martinez-

Attorney Invoices are Subject to Disclosure under the Public Records Act

By: Harold FreimanManuel MartinezNicholas Clair-

The Rising Costs of the Public Records Act

By: Manuel MartinezJessica Mejorado-

This podcast addresses the tension between protecting personal information and the obligation to disclose public records. Striking the wrong balance may burden either the local agency, or the individual employee, with significant costs. Hear how best to contend with the money pitfalls of the CPRA.