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Annika K. Martin
Partner, New York Office
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“Individuals and small businesses deserve the same access to the justice system as large corporations, and they deserve the same experienced and zealous representation once in the courtroom or at the settlement table.”
Annika K. Martin
Annika K. Martin

Annika K. Martin is a partner in the firm’s New York office and head of the firm’s Sexual Abuse Survivors Practice Group. She has represented plaintiffs since 2005 in environmental, mass tort, consumer protection, and sexual abuse cases.

In May 2020, Annika was appointed Interim Class Counsel for the plaintiffs in the University of Michigan / Dr. Robert E. Anderson sexual abuse litigation pending before Judge Victoria A. Roberts in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Annika also serves as court-appointed Co-Lead Class Counsel representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California. Plaintiffs and class members are women who saw Tyndall at the USC Student Health Clinic during his tenure there. From 1989 through 2016, Tyndall was the only full-time gynecologist on staff at USC’s Student Health Clinic. The lawsuit alleges Tyndall used this position of trust and authority to repeatedly sexually abuse the Plaintiffs and potentially thousands of other class members, and that despite that USC received numerous complaints of Tyndall’s sexually abusive behavior, dating back to at least the year 2000, USC actively and deliberately concealed Tyndall’s sexual abuse for years, continuing to grant Tyndall unfettered sexual access to the female USC students in his care.

This case is of particular importance to Annika because she herself is an alumnus of USC’s law school. On behalf of Tyndall’s victims, Annika helped negotiate a $215 million settlement with USC and Dr. Tyndall; the settlement also requires USC to make sweeping institutional changes to ensure something like this never happens again on campus. The settlement received final approval from the court in February 2020. See https://www.usctyndallsettlement.com/.

Annika represents clients in a federal sexual assault class action lawsuit in Denver against Frontier Inc. alleging the airline failed to have and follow policies to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assaults of passengers on its flights. Similarly, Annika represents women who were sexually assaulted and harassed by obstetrician/gynecologist Patrick Sutton, M.D., in a class action against Sutton and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasedena, California.

Annika also represents two former students in their lawsuits against The Hotchkiss School. John Doe’s suit alleges that, during his two years at the Hotchkiss School in the 1980s, John Doe was subjected to ritual hazing of a sexual nature by older student-proctors and was raped by a male teacher who was known to the School as a pedophile who had abused numerous other male students at the School. Richard Roe’s suit alleges that, during Roe’s time as a student at the School in the 1990s, that same male teacher groomed and sexually assaulted Roe in much the same way as he had Doe.

Annika represents consumers in class action lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler AG over allegations that defects in the vehicle HVAC systems lead to the growth of noxious mold that spews extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles during use. The lawsuit seeks an effective permanent fix for the problem, as well as monetary damages for affected Mercedes-Benz owners and lessees. Watch a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia on the Mercedes-Benz AC Mold litigation.

Annika serves as court-appointed Co-Lead counsel in In re General Motors Corp. Air Conditioning Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2818, representing owners and lessees of certain GM trucks with allegedly defective air conditioning systems that repeatedly fail and cost thousands of dollars to repair each time.

Annika’s previous successes include the class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and the other companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Among other significant roles, Annika was a key member of the small team that negotiated settlements that have paid out over $11.6 billion so far to compensate individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the Spill.

Annika also served as court-appointed Pro Se Liaison counsel in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2419, the Multidistrict Litigation arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated medication manufactured by New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC). Annika’s work helped result in settlements totaling $227.8 million with NECC and the hospitals and clinics that unlawfully purchased and administered contaminated medication to the victims.

Annika’s published works include “Stick a Toothbrush Down Your Throat: An Analysis of the Potential Liability of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites,” Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Volume 14 Issue 2, Spring 2005 and “How to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding,” Trial Magazine, January 2016.

An active member of the legal community, Annika is the immediate past Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group within the American Association for Justice. Annika serves on the Leadership Council for the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 (Electronic Discovery Retention and Production), and co-founded the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, an annual e-discovery conference for plaintiffs-side complex litigation practitioners. Annika speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, e-discovery, and diversity in legal practice.

In 2018, Annika won a Certificate of Recognition from the American Association for Justice. The rarely-given award acknowledges AAJ members who have made important and unique contributions to the organization through membership, education, leadership, and/or fundraising to sustain and strengthen the AAJ.

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  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    J.D. – 2004
    Honors: Jessup Moot Court
    Law Review: Review of Law & Women’s Studies
  • Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    B.S.J. – 2001
  • Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
    1999
  • Swedish
  • French
  • Spanish
  • New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, co-founder, Board member
  • New York American Inn of Court, barrister, 2016-present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Consumer Affairs Committee, 2014-present
  • Emory University Law School Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, Next Generation Advisory Board Member, 2015-present
  • Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, Advisory Board Member and Planning Committee Member, 2016-2018
  • The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 (Electronic Discovery Production and Preservation), Dialogue Leader and Drafting Team Leader (2014-2020), Steering Committee Member (2017-2020); Working Group Series Leadership Council (2020-present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Judges (Amicus Member)
  • Swedish-American Bar Association
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum (CLEF) Annual Conference – May 5, 2022.
  • “Crafting Meaningful Settlements,” Sexual Harassment in Education, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law – October 29, 2021.
  • “Understanding Nuances of Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuits, Pursuing Criminal Charges and Lessons Learned,” Practising Law Institute Chronicle, Item # 337305, co-author – September 22, 2021.
  • “Understanding Nuances of Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuits, Pursuing Criminal Charges and Lessons Learned,” Practising Law Institute, speaker – June 23, 2021.
  • “Prevention Education Programs: Is Behavior Actually Changing?” Sexual Harassment in Education Conference, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law – January 29, 2021.
  • Interview re #MeToo in Corporate Culture, AgendaWeek – March 20, 2020.
  • Duke University Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program, faculty – March 11-13, 2020.
  • “Lessons from the USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Litigation,” Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus Leadership Summit, speaker – New Orleans, February 7, 2020.
  • “Plaintiffs’ Side Litigation,” University of California Public Service Law Conference, panelist – Irvine, CA, January 25, 2020.
  • “Lessons from the USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Litgation,” LunchTalk, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law, speaker – January 23, 2020.
  • “How to Get the Most Out of Your Most Valuable Assets,” AAJ Class Action Seminar, speaker – New York, NY, December 5, 2019.
  • “Information Exchange and Effective Use of Rule 34,” AAJ Overcoming Obstructionist Discovery, speaker – Washington, DC, November 21, 2019.
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, co-founder and producer; also speaker on “2019 Discovery Case Law Update” – Minneapolis, MN, September 20, 2019.
  • “Crisis Litigation,” Journalist Law School, Loyola Law School, speaker – Los Angeles, CA, June 7, 2019.
  • “Settlement” and “Attorneys’ Fees,” Duke Law Bolch Judicial Institute Mass Tort MDL Certificate Program, speaker – Durham, NC, March 14-15, 2019.
  • “When Their Trial Tactic is to Attack Plaintiff’s Counsel,” Southern Trial Lawyers Association, speaker – New Orleans, LA, Feb. 22, 2019.
  • “Certifying a Class on Women’s Issues – Pay Equity, Sexual Assault, and More,” Women’s Issues in Litigation Conference, speaker – Santa Monica, CA, October 25, 2018.
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, co-founder and producer; also speaker on “Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments” – Minneapolis, MN, September 28, 2018.
  • “Getting the Most Out of Your Team,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Group CLE, producer and speaker – Denver, CO, July 8, 2018.
  • “Careful What You Wish For: Protecting Data Security in Discovery,” ABA 12th Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, speaker – Chicago, IL, May 18, 2018.
  • “Class Certification,” HB Class Action Mastery Conference, speaker – New York, NY, May 9, 2018.
  • “The Sedona Conference Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 Primer,” 19 Sedona Conf. J. 447 (2018), co-editor-in-chief.
  • AAJ Effective Legal Writing Workshop, producer and faculty member – New York, NY, April 12-13, 2018.
  • “Lawyers as Managers,” Emory Institute for Complex Litigation Leadership Conference, speaker – Atlanta, GA, January 19, 2018.
  • “From Terabytes to Binders: Fusing Discovery and Advocacy Strategies”, Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, speaker – Washington, DC, November 17, 2017.
  • “Social Media Primer: Technical Changes and Discovery Challenges,” The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Annual Meeting, moderator/speaker – Phoenix, AZ, November 2-3, 2017
  • Featured on WSB-TV in Atlanta, GA, regarding Mercedes moldy HVAC class actions, http://2wsb.tv/2xVXZ04 – October 2, 2017.
  • “Understanding Why E-Discovery and Protective Orders Are So Sexy,” Women En Mass, speaker – Aspen, CO, September 26, 2017.
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, co-founder and producer; also speaker on “Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments” – Minneapolis, MN, September 15, 2017.
  • “The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery,” 18 Sedona Conf. J. 141 (2017), drafting team member.
  • “The Future of Class Actions,” AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Seminar, producer and moderator – Nashville, TN, May 11, 2017.
  • “Examining Amended Rule 34,” The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Mid-Year Meeting, moderator/speaker – Minneapolis, MN, May 4-5, 2017.
  • “The Economic Influence and Role of the Class Representative – Ethical and Policy Issues,” Class Action Money & Ethics Conference, speaker – New York, NY, May 1, 2017.
  • “Diversity in Law: The Challenges and How to Overcome Them,” AAJ Education webinar, producer and speaker – March 27, 2017.
  • The 10th Annual Sedona Conference Institute Program on eDiscovery “Staying Ahead of the eDiscovery Curve: Retooling Your Practice Under the New Federal Rules”, co-chair – Dallas, TX, March 2-3, 2017.
  • The Sedona Conference eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies, faculty member – Miami, FL, February 8-9, 2017.
  • “Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments,” Western Trial Lawyers Association CLE, speaker – Steamboat Springs, CO, February 2017.
  • “Quality In, Quality Out,” TRIAL Magazine, January 2017.
  • Testified before the Federal Rules Advisory Committee concerning proposed amendments to Federal Rule 23 – Phoenix, AZ, January 4, 2017.
  • Profiled in “Women of Legal Tech: From Journalism to Law”, LegalTech News – December 8, 2016.
  • “Closure Mechanisms,” Federal Judicial Center / Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Conference, speaker – Atlanta, GA, December 15, 2016.
  • Emory Law Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, on Next Generation Advisory Board; also speaker on “Getting Selected for Leadership – What Decisionmakers Look For and How to Overcome Common Barriers” – Atlanta, GA, December 14, 2016.
  • “Mitigating Explicit and Implicit Bias in Associate Recruitment and Retention,” AAJ Hot Topics: Diversity in the Law, producer and speaker – Charlotte, NC, November 30, 2016.
  • Georgetown Law Advanced E-Discovery Institute, on Advisory Board and Planning Committee; also speaker on “The New Rules x 1 Year: Sanctions” – Washington, DC, November 10 – 11, 2016.
  • AAJ Effective Legal Writing Workshop, faculty member – Washington, DC, November 3 – 4, 2016.
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, co-founder and producer; also speaker on “Proportionality: What’s Happened since the Amendments” – Minneapolis, MN, September 23, 2016.
  • “Who Will Write Your Rules—Your State Court or the Federal Judiciary?”, Pound Civil Justice Institute Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, moderator – Los Angeles, CA, July 23, 2016.
  • “Dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins,” American Association for Justice webinar, producer, moderator, and speaker – May 26, 2016.
  • “Consumer Class Actions,” HB Litigation Conference, moderator and speaker – San Juan, PR, May 4, 2016.
  • The Sedona Conference eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies, faculty member – Washington, DC, March 1-2, 2016.
  • “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein CLE, producer and speaker – New York, NY, February 9, 2016.
  • “How to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding,” TRIAL Magazine, January 2016 (article subsequently used in conference materials for ABA National eDiscovery Institute in May 2106 and the ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery program in March 2016).
  • “How Will New Rule 26(b)(1) on Proportionality Impact Search and the Use of Search Technology?”, Innovation in E-Discovery Conference, speaker – New York, NY, December 9, 2015.
  • “New Forms of Communication”, Innovation in E-Discovery Conference, speaker – New York, NY, December 9, 2015.
  • “2015 Amendments to Federal Civil Rules,” Tennessee Bar Association CLE, speaker – Nashville, TN, December 2, 2015.
  • “Discovery Proportionality Guidelines and Practices,” 99 Judicature, no. 3, Winter 2015, at 47–60 (Complex Litigation Drafting Team Leader).
  • “Check Your Sources: Understanding the Technical Aspects of Data Collection”, Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, speaker – Washington, DC, November 19, 2015.
  • “The Contentious Battle over Search Protocols in e-Discovery,” Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists webinar, speaker – October 8, 2015.
  • Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, co-founder and producer; also speaker on “Proportionality under the Amended FRCP 26” – Minneapolis, MN, September 25, 2016.
  • “Proportionality in Preservation and Discovery,” The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Mid-Year Meeting, speaker – Dallas, TX, April 30, 2015.
  • “Ethical Challenges in eDiscovery: Representing Clients Responsibly,” The Sedona Conference Institute, speaker – Nashville, TN, March 20, 2015.
  • “Issue Classes under Rule 23,” Western Trial Lawyers Association CLE, speaker – Squaw Valley, NV, February 2015.
  • “Issue Classes under Rule 23,” American Association for Justice Winter Convention, speaker – Palm Desert, CA, February 24, 2015.
  • “An Introduction to Issue Classes under Rule 23(c)(4),” American Association for Justice Winter Convention published materials, February 2015.
  • “Shifting and Sharing the Costs of Preservation and Discovery: How, When, and Why,” Bloomberg BNA webinar, November 18, 2014.
  • “Application of Proportionality in Preservation and Discovery,” The Sedona Conference All Voices Meeting, speaker – New Orleans, LA, November 5, 2014.
  • “A Tour of TAR (Technology-Assisted Review),” The Sedona Conference All Voices Meeting, speaker – New Orleans, LA, November 7, 2014.
  • “Data Privacy and Security Are Front and Center in Litigation News – Substantive Claims and eDiscovery Issues Abound”, Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute, speaker – Tysons Corner, VA, November 21, 2014.
  • Interviewed re class action litigation regarding defective products on China Central Television for China’s national “Consumer Protection Week” feature programming – CCTV, March 15, 2014.
  • “Introduction to TAR”, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein CLE, organizer and speaker – New York, NY, August 18, 2014.
  • “Motions to Strike Class Allegations Using “Predominance,”, Strafford webinar, speaker – August 6, 2014.
  • “Wit and Wisdom,” TRIAL Magazine, Volume 49, No. 12, December 2013.
  • “Status of Subsistence Claims in BP Oil Spill Settlement,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, speaker – San Francisco, CA, July 2013.
  • “Stick a Toothbrush Down Your Throat: An Analysis of the Potential Liability of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites,” Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Volume 14 Issue 2, Spring 2005.
  • ‘Welcome to Law School,” monthly column on www.Vault.com (2001-2004).
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in field of “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs,” 2021, 2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2020-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019-2022
  • “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar,” National Law Journal, 2021
  • “40 and Under Hot List,” Benchmark Litigation, 2018-2020
  • “Litigation Trailblazer,” The National Law Journal, 2020
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019
  • “Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2018-2019
  • “Rising Star for Class Action Law,” Law360, 2018
  • Certificate of Recognition, American Association for Justice, 2018
  • “Leaders in the Field – Litigation: E-Discovery,” Chambers USA, 2017
  • “Rising Star for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • “Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services,” awarded by the State Bar of California for voluntary provision of legal services to the poor, 2005