Rafael Martinez is a paralegal at Ball Janik LLP in the firm’s Construction Defect practice. Based in the firm’s Orlando office, Mr. Martinez assists owners of single-family residences, townhomes, and condominiums with surveys analyses, document support, and communication in construction defect and property damage claims.
Before starting Construction Law at Ball Janik, LLP, Mr. Martinez worked at Morgan & Morgan for 10 years in the Wage & Hour Department, which handles employment claims throughout the United States. His team handled claims on behalf of employees against employers, including Wage and Hour violations (Fair Labor Standards Act), unpaid wages, tips, discrimination claims, Family Medical Leave Act claims, ADA claims, retaliation claims and other employment claims. These claims range from single plaintiff cases to class and collective action cases involving thousands of workers.
Mr. Martinez has extensive experience aiding attorneys in litigating these claims both in state and federal court and in arbitration. He has assisted litigation teams in class action cases nationwide (Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Mississippi).
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rafael Martinez attended the University of Puerto Rico for undergraduate, where he received his degree in Biology, with honors. While attending college, he was part of the basketball team. Mr. Martinez received his Juris Doctor from University of Puerto Rico College of Law. While attending law school, he served as an intern for Magistrate Judge Delgado at the United States District Court of Puerto Rico. Following law school, Mr. Martinez decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to Orlando, Florida.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
- B.A., Cum Laude, Biology, 2001
University of Puerto Rico
- J.D., 2005
University of Puerto Rico College of Law
- Certificate of Westlaw Proficiency
- Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida