Elizabeth A. Martinez

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Email: elizabeth.martinez@modrall.com


Betsy Martinez maintains a diverse civil litigation practice and has experience in employment discrimination, wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury, and complex oil and gas disputes in state and federal courts. Betsy was recognized as a Southwest Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers® in 2016.

Prior to joining Modrall Sperling, Betsy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond M. Kethledge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and a contributing editor for the Michigan Law Review.

Betsy received her undergraduate degree in English, magna cum laude with highest honors, from Harvard University. Before attending law school, she received an M.F.A. in poetry and taught undergraduate writing classes at the University of Michigan.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2010, Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review, Clarence Darrow Scholarship, Scholarly Writing Award
  • University of Michigan, M.F.A., 2006, Hopwood Award-Roethke Prize
  • Harvard University, A.B. in English Language and Literature, 2003, magna cum laude with highest honors in field, 2003; Thomas T. Hoopes Thesis Prize; Briggs Literary Fellowship; Director, Harvard Ballet Folklórico de Aztlán

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico 2011

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  • "Distinguishing Elements in Posner's Legal Prose," Teacher's Manual to Accompany the Modern Law of Contracts (2d ed.) by Bruce W. Frier and James J. White


  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, selected as a Southwest Rising Star, 2016