Attorney Roman Martinez Recognized for Pro Bono Work On Behalf of Veterans’ Community

View the letter from Chief Justice Roberts to Roman Martinez

Washington, D.C .– Attorney Roman Martinez of Latham & Watkins, LLP was recently recognized for his outstanding pro bono work on behalf of veterans by the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) during its 20th anniversary gala held on April 20 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA.

During the award ceremony, Mr. Martinez was presented with a letter of commendation from Chief Justice Roberts, for whom he served as a law clerk in the 2009 Court.  He also received the Veterans Community Service Award from NOVA in appreciation of his pro bono work on behalf of the veterans’ community.  Recently, Martinez prevailed as NOVA’s Counsel of Record in a case against the Department of Veterans Affairs involving due process rights for military veterans before the agency’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

In his letter, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged NOVA’s appreciation of “the essential role of lawyers in securing veterans’ benefits.”  For more than a year, Attorney Martinez advocated on behalf of NOVA to protect the due process rights of veterans and ensure that all veterans have the opportunity for a meaningful appeal.  The Court’s decision ensured that VA will take the necessary steps to remedy the harm it has caused veterans whose rights were denied by the agency’s unlawful conduct.

The Chief Justice went on to praise Roman Martinez as “a lawyer of exceptional skill who understands the unique responsibilities, challenges, and sacrifices of those in our armed forces.  Roman’s work on behalf of American veterans is admirable and in the best tradition of the bar’s commitment to pro bono service.”

Roman Martinez is an associate at Latham & Watkins and a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice.  His practice focuses primarily on appeals in the US Supreme Court, the US Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts.  Mr. Martinez has handled civil and criminal matters involving a wide range of constitutional and statutory issues, and has argued cases in the D.C. and Federal Circuits, as well as in federal district court. He also provides pre-litigation counseling to clients in a variety of matters involving constitutional, statutory, and administrative law.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Martinez served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the US Supreme Court, and to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Martinez also served as Advisor on the Iraqi Constitutional Process to the US Ambassador to Iraq in 2005; as Director for Iraq at the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2005; and as an advisor on Iraq’s postwar political transition at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq from 2003 to 2004.  He received the US Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award for his service in Iraq.

Mr. Martinez is a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Cato Supreme Court Review, and other publications.  He also serves on the D.C. Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Procedures.


About NOVA


The National Organization of Veterans' Advocates is a not for profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993. NOVA is a national organization of attorneys and other qualified members who act as advocates for disabled veterans. Our goal is to provide excellent representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to veterans who have disability claims against the government resulting from their service as members of the armed forces.  Offices are at 1425 K St NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005.  Phone: (202) 587- 5708, Fax: (202) 587- 5600, Email: