Judy Perry Martinez is Vice-President of the World Justice Project and Of Counsel with Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans, where she was a partner, member of the management committee, and a commercial litigator from 1982-2003.
From 2003-2015, Ms. Martinez served Northrop Grumman Corporation as assistant general counsel for litigation, managing litigation for the western half of the country before becoming Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. She also was named to the company's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. In 2015, she left Northrop Grumman to become a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard, where she spent a year in residence. Following her time at Harvard, she returned to New Orleans to pursue a career in public service.
Ms. Martinez has served as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary which evaluates all perspective nominees to the federal bench. Earlier, she served as the ABA lead representative to the United Nations and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and its executive committee. She served as the chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and, most recently, as a member of the ABA Task Force on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System. Currently, she serves as a special advisor to the ABA Center for Innovation.
Ms. Martinez’ commitment to public service began years ago when she and other members of the Louisiana State Bar Association undertook an effort to establish the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. She has chaired the New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, the Louisiana State Bar Association Committee on Minority Involvement in its inaugural year, 1989, and chaired the LSBA Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee. She has served as a member of the ABA House of Delegates for 26 years and as a member of the ABA Task Force on Attorney Client Privilege, the council of the ABA Center on Diversity, the council of the Section of Litigation, and the ABA's World Justice Project Committee. She served as chair of the 170,000 member ABA Young Lawyers Division, a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.
Ms. Martinez is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the board of directors of the American Bar Foundation and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Ms. Martinez earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Orleans before going on to receive her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Tulane University Law School.