Zak Martinez, an associate at Duffee + Eitzen, was born in Dallas, and raised in the nearby suburb of Rockwall, where he graduated from Rockwall High School in 2010. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Religious Studies.
After graduating from SMU, Mr. Martinez went on to attend Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. He was selected as a Public Service Law Fellow during his first year of law school. As a Fellow, he completed hundreds of hours of pro bono public service work at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in California. Mr. Martinez then served on the Board of the Fellowship at his law school, planning fundraising events, and encouraging other law students to participate in pro bono public service work. During the summer after his second year, he was selected as a specialized intern for the family violence unit at the Rockwall County District Attorney’s Office in his hometown.
Mr. Martinez did some of his coursework at the University of San Francisco School of Law in the Bay Area. There, he expanded his legal portfolio by taking classes like Maritime Law and International Human Rights, and also participated in the LGBT law student organization, OUTlaw, and the Criminal Law Society.
After he graduated law school in 2017, Mr. Martinez took the bar exam and was admitted to practice in Texas in November 2017. He also took the Uniform Bar Exam, and was admitted to practice in the State of Colorado in January 2019, and to the State of Utah in May 2019. He took the Florida Bar Exam and was admitted to practice in Florida in November 2020. He clerked for a labor and employment law firm in Dallas, where he gained valuable insight into civil law proceedings before he joined Duffee + Eitzen in 2018. He has a penchant for travel and aviation, his favorite destination being Hong Kong. He also enjoys spending time with his parents, former Dallas Police Detectives, and his younger sister, Brooke, a student at Rockwall High School.
Texas, November 2017
Colorado, January 2019
Utah, May 2019
Florida, November 2020
Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
J.D. – 2017
Honors: Public Service Law Fellow and Board Member of the Fellowship
University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
J.D. Visiting Student 2016
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
B.A. – 2013 Economics and Religious Studies
Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Texas, Member, 2017 – Present
Family Law Section
Aviation Law Section
LGBT Law Section
Criminal Justice Section
Labor and Employment Law Section
Colorado Supreme Court, January 2019 – Present
Utah Supreme Court, May 2019 – Present
Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2017 – Present
Collin County Bar Association, Member, 2018 – Present
LGBT Lawyers of Utah, 2019 – Present
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Colorado, 2019 – Present
Rockwall Bar Association, 2020-Present
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2020-Present
Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, 2020-Present