gine, Smith & Redfearn is pleased to welcome Judy Perry Martinez back to the firm.
After 21 years with the firm as a partner and commercial litigator, Judy joined Northrop Grumman in 2003, where she served as assistant general counsel managing litigation for the western half of the country before becoming Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer in 2011.
Judy retired from Northrop Grumman in 2015 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 and now rejoins SPS&R where she will continue that work.
Judy’s commitment to public service began years ago. She served as chair of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, the New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, the Louisiana State Bar Association Committee on Minority Involvement in its inaugural year, 1989, and the LSBA Professionalism and Quality of Life 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.
She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1991 and has served as a member of the ABA Task Force on Attorney Client Privilege, the Council of the ABA Center on Diversity, and the ABA's World Justice Project Committee. In 2011, she was appointed chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary which evaluates all perspective nominees to the federal bench. Earlier, Judy served as the ABA lead representative to the United Nations and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and its executive committee. Most recently, she served as the chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services and now serves as Special Advisor to the newly established ABA Center for Innovation.
Judy received the Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Counsel in 1997, the Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award from the Association of Women Attorneys in 1998, and the Alliance for Justice Award in 1999 from the National Gay and Lesbian Law Association.
She was named The Outstanding Young Lawyer in the State of Louisiana in 1990 and received the Louisiana Bar Foundation's 2001 Distinguished Attorney Award.
On two separate occasions, she has received the LSBA President’s Award and is the recipient of the 2012 Camille Gravel Public Service Award, a recognition by the Federal Bar Association’s New Orleans chapter to an attorney who has done substantial pro bono or public service legal work.
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.