Barbara A. Martinez is a member of Holland & Knight's Global Compliance and Investigations Team and is based in Miami. After a distinguished career handling an array of significant matters as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Martinez focuses her practice on internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance and training, and white collar criminal defense.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Martinez served as the chief of the Special Prosecutions Section at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. In this capacity, she supervised federal prosecutors who handled cases involving international and domestic human trafficking, money laundering, child exploitation, extortion, international kidnappings and other transnational crimes.
Ms. Martinez also served as the human trafficking coordinator and the Project Safe Childhood coordinator for the Southern District of Florida for more than a decade. As the coordinator for these programs, Ms. Martinez spearheaded coordination efforts among law enforcement, non-governmental organizations and prosecutors nationwide and globally to more effectively prevent and identify human trafficking and child exploitation, as well as to investigate and successfully prosecute cases. She routinely collaborated with foreign governments, private industries, non-governmental organizations and community members to assist in these efforts and raise public awareness.
Ms. Martinez previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes Section for the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami, as well as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) trial attorney for the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. In these roles, Ms. Martinez prosecuted complex white collar cases involving healthcare fraud, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, telemarketing fraud, identity theft and credit card fraud, computer intrusion, false statements and obstruction of justice.
Ms. Martinez has tried more than 20 jury trial cases in federal court and more than 30 bench trials in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Some of her notable federal trials include:
- a six-week international sex trafficking case
- a month-long sex trafficking case involving 50 adult victims from across the U.S.
- a two-week, multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud case against the owner of a medical clinic
- a three-week, multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud case against two physicians
- a nine-day, multimillion-dollar U.S. Department of Education fraud case against the owners of a vocational school
In addition, Ms. Martinez has extensive experience teaching and conducting training courses. She conducted and created anti-trafficking and money laundering training sessions for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and members of the financial industry throughout the U.S. and in foreign countries, including Mexico, The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados, Portugal, Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria and Iceland. She taught trial advocacy to law enforcement and prosecutors in Chile and a session about computer crimes to representatives of financial institutions in Peru. In addition, Ms. Martinez teaches a human trafficking seminar at the University of Miami School of Law.
Ms. Martinez joined the DOJ in 1997 as a trial attorney through the Attorney General's Honors Program. She worked for the fraud section in the criminal division from 1997 until 2000, when she joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
- The University of Texas at San Antonio, B.A., Criminal Justice
- Federal Bar Association
- Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)
- DOJ, Child Exploitation Nationwide Investigation Advisory Committee, 2014–January 2020
- DOJ, Capital Review Committee, 2012–April 2014
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
- Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, DOJ, 2018
- Women of Distinction Award, Dade County Bar Association Government Committee, 2018
- Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2016-2017
- Director's Award for Superior Performance, DOJ, 2005 and 2015
- Top Prosecutor Award, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, 2013
- Prosecutor Hero Award, Shared Hope International, 2013
- Outstanding Partnership Coalition Group Award, DOJ, 2011
- 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2011
- Director's Honor Award, U.S. Secret Service, 2010
- Meritorious Public Service Award, U.S. Coast Guard, 2007
- Group Achievement Award, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, 2004