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.