Practice and Industry Groups

Gavin S. Martinson

Shareholder Dallas

Gavin S. Martinson represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His practice focuses on defending employers at both the trial and appellate levels against allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, employment-related torts, and civil-rights claims under state and federal law. Mr. Martinson also represents employers in pre-litigation matters before state and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Martinson regularly advises employers regarding workplace policies and procedures and he counsels them on compliance with applicable employment laws and regulations.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Martinson was a law clerk for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Robert C. Jones of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Mr. Martinson received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University with a double major in History and Spanish Translation.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Martinson was a litigation associate in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.


  • Obtained summary judgment for a sales and marketing services company on claims of national-origin discrimination and retaliation before an administrative law judge.
  • Drafted winning appellate briefs in the Fifth Circuit for marketing agency on claims of wage suppression and RICO violations.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for national telecommunications company on claims of age and race discrimination.
  • Drafted winning appellate briefs in the Fifth Circuit for airline company upholding favorable arbitration decision.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for rental-car company on claims of race discrimination and retaliation.
  • Defended national telecommunications company against claims of disability discrimination.
  • Defended national non-profit organization against claims of disability discrimination.
  • Drafted briefs in state appellate court defending successful jury verdict for manufacturing company against breach-of-contract allegations by former executive.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for healthcare company on claims of race discrimination and retaliation. 
  • Drafted summary-judgment briefs for energy company against union’s efforts to compel arbitration.
  • Drafted motion for summary judgment that resulted in favorable settlement for international telecommunications equipment company on claims of race and national-origin discrimination.
  • Represented grocery store against pre-litigation allegations of age and disability discrimination before administrative agency.
  • Advised national movie theater on several issues, including severance agreements, employment policies, employee handbook, and employee training.
  • Negotiated favorable pre-litigation settlement for national movie theater on allegations of disability discrimination.
  • Advised energy company on employment policies and severance agreements.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Board Member, BYU Alumni Association, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
  • Dallas Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015)

Published Works



Media Quotes

January 22, 2014 - - "Sikh IRS Agent Fired for Bringing Religious Sword to Office May Pursue Claim"