Robert D. Martinez has been named to the Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers. Appointed by Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, DDS, Martinez replaces Patricia Gorman who resigned last month. Gorman had served on the Parkland Board since February 2011.
Martinez is a litigator with experience in a diverse range of civil, criminal, arbitration and regulatory arenas. He is also a community leader with extensive board service including public speaking and general counsel roles.
“We welcome Mr. Martinez to the Parkland Board and hope, like myself, he finds that serving on the Parkland Board of Managers is both an honor and a privilege,” said Debbie D. Branson, chair, Parkland Board of Managers. “We also want to thank Patricia Gorman for her service to Parkland and the citizens of Dallas. She never wavered in commitment and dedication to the staff and patients.”
Martinez is a partner with the law firm of Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, LLP in Fort Worth. He has been with the firm since 1996. In addition to his litigation work, he assists clients in avoiding litigation through early claim/case assessment and alternative dispute resolution. He also counsels clients on business organization, risk management and transactional strategies aimed at efficiency, compliance, conflict avoidance and forward-looking documentation strategies. In addition, he advises for-profit and non-profit organizations on Human Resources management and corporate governance issues.
Martinez began his litigation career as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, serving in the Department’s Dallas Field Office and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Martinez was honored with a departmental award as Outstanding Trial Attorney – 1981. Following six years of government service, he served as senior trial attorney for law firms in Dallas, and Southfield and Farmington, Michigan. Martinez has chaired the board and continues to serve on the board ex officio as General Counsel of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. He previously chaired and served on the boards of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Irving Schools Foundation and Irving Symphony Orchestra Association.
Martinez received his juris doctor from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit, Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University in Detroit.
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