As the senior female litigator and immediate past Chair of the firm's Litigation Department, Martha Brown currently serves on the Modrall Sperling Executive Committee. She represents business clients in diverse areas of civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout New Mexico, at both trial and appellate levels. Martha brings more than thirty years' experience to her active tort, product and professional liability defense practice. She regularly represents professionals and professional organizations, healthcare providers, product manufacturers, retail service providers, and other commercial entities in the defense of diverse claims ranging from product, professional or other liability, wrongful death, unfair trade practices, and all other tort and contract issues. Martha provides advice and counsel to professional services entities and long term care providers on various issues, and represents them in the defense of malpractice and other liability claims. Her representation of commercial and non-profit entities has included defense of claims including lender liability, contract and other commercial disputes. She also has defended a variety of individual and public entity defendants on civil rights claims.
Martha's representation of her clients is notable for her focus on innovative and strategic approaches designed to achieve the most effective outcome consistent with the client's objectives, whether through litigation, positioning a matter for successful dispositive relief, or where appropriate, early dispute resolution.
Martha has an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell based on peer review. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in commercial law and product liability litigation, named among those in Southwest Super Lawyers® and selected Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, Martha is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and has twice received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the State Bar of New Mexico.
In addition to her current service on the firm's Executive Committee, Martha has previously chaired the Litigation Department, the Tort, Product Liability, Class Action practice group, and the Associates Committee.
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1983, Graduate teaching Assistant 1981-1983
- Pomona College, B.A. in Government, 1979
- New Mexico 1983
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico 1983
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit 1984
- Wisconsin 1983