Rick Martinez is a Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP and the Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Cyber Security Litigation Practice Group. He has extensive domestic and international experience in a wide range of technology and intellectual property matters. Over the course of his career, Rick has represented Fortune 100 corporations, leading educational institutions, tech startups and individuals in various privacy and cybersecurity matters, including wire transfer fraud, Wiretap Act claims, privacy torts, and disputes relating to the ownership of data. In 2015, Rick was named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural “Cyber Security and Data Privacy Trailblazers.”
Rick has assumed first chair responsibility in high-stakes intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has been involved in patent licensing campaigns that have generated eight and nine figure settlements; and such patent trials as the Eolas and University of California v. Microsoft case, which resulted in a $520 million verdict. Rick also practices actively in matters before the International Trade Commission, and is increasingly active in cyber security, data privacy, and information law.
Rick’s practice focuses substantially on technology and its impact on society. He is, first and foremost, a technology lawyer. He has extensive work experience in various technological fields and computer-implemented inventions, including computer hardware and software, and network and web-based communications. Client matters have included web browser technology, flash memory, automated systems, and consumer electronic devices.
Rick has earned a powerful reputation for negotiating licenses with Japanese and Korean businesses and for his ability to work internationally and cross culturally. Rick has handled both granting and acquisition of licenses with such companies as Toshiba, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Sharp, Denon, Funai, and Phillips.
Rick is married and has two children from whom he is constantly learning. They are all actively involved in their community, including volunteering for various civic, charitable, and cultural institutions. Frequently engaged in various pro bono matters, Rick also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities and on the Board of Directors of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying cycling, running, boating and tennis, as well as reading great fiction and history indoors.