Overview

Patricia J. Martin has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. She litigates wage and hour collective and class actions, unfair competition cases, and discrimination cases. Trish has served as national coordinating counsel on wage and hour class, collective and mass actions pending in courts and before arbitral tribunals across the country.

Among her notable litigation successes Trish obtained a defense verdict in a defamation claim before FINRA. She has obtained denials of class certification and has had conditionally certified collectives decertified. She obtained the dismissal of hundreds of opt-in plaintiffs in a wage and hour collective action for failure to respond to discovery. She has obtained awards of summary judgment in favor of employers in numerous cases, including:

  • A class action under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law
  • A collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • A Title VII race discrimination claim
  • Claims brought under the Missouri commission statute
  • Claims brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act

Trish has had numerous appellate court victories, including claims brought under Sarbanes Oxley, Title VII, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In addition to litigation, Trish offers her clients advice and counseling. She also conducts pay equity audits for all types of employers. 

Trish is the office managing shareholder of Littler's St. Louis office.

Prior to attending law school, Trish was an investment banking analyst. While in law school, she was an editor on the Women’s Law Journal and a member of HLS Tax Help.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Illinois State Bar Association

Member

Missouri Bar Association

Member

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Trustee

Wayland Academy

Member

Alumni Board

Wayland Academy

Member

Harvard Club of St. Louis

Member

Junior League of St. Louis

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2018-2019

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2013 - 2016

Barrister

Theodore McMillian Inns of Court

Books & Book Chapters

  • Littler Mendelson on Employment Law Class Actions, LexisNexis, Settling Class Actions, Chapter 13, Contributing Chapter Author, 2nd Ed., 2013
  • Whistleblowing & Retaliation: A Guide for Human Resources Professionals & Counsel, Littler Mendelson and LexisNexis, The Sarbanes-Oxley Act & Federal Whistleblower Statutes, Chapter 4, Chapter Author, 5th Ed., 2013

Speaking Engagements

Prevent Retaliation with a Speak-up Culture CLE

Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter, St. Louis, MO

April 30, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2005cum laude
  • B.A., University of Chicago, 2000With Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

Missouri
Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois