Martin Quinn


Attorneys Fees
Bad Faith
Class Action
Intellectual Property
Multi District Litigation
Patent Infringement
Professional Liability
Real Estate

Martin Quinn has been appointed by numerous federal and state judges to act as a special master or referee to make recommendations on significant motions, to supervise discovery, and to accomplish settlements. He has a special expertise in the efficient management of e-discovery. He is a past President of the national Academy of Court-Appointed Masters.

Case List

Martin Quinn has acted as a special master or referee in the following recent matters:

  • Special Master in an MDL class and individual actions in San Francisco involving antitrust claims against manufacturers of LCD flat panels
  • Discovery master in a federal MDL action in Los Angeles involving a group of about 100 lawsuits alleging infringement of patents for interactive telephone technology
  • Discovery referee in a corporate governance lawsuit involving a computer lock business between U.S. and Israeli parties
  • Compliance Dispute Officer to supervise terms of complex settlements of two nationwide class actions brought by physicians against major health insurance companies
  • Discovery referee in insurance coverage action by a Roman Catholic diocese against its liability carriers to obtain coverage for priest abuse lawsuits
  • Special master for settlement purposes in three multi-party federal court CERCLA actions dealing with contamination in Chico, California
  • Discovery referee in complex dispute between Texas and California real estate developers
  • Discovery referee in state-wide representative action against clothing manufacturers for alleged mistreatment of workers in Saipan garment factories
  • Discovery referee in multi-party insurance coverage dispute between manufacturer of asbestos products and dozens of insurance companies

Martin Quinn’s expertise in e-discovery law and technical issues enables him to guide parties to accomplish e-discovery efficiently, speedily, and at the lowest possible cost

  • Act as neutral e-discovery expert in the Toyota unintended acceleration MDL litigation
  • Ruled on numerous e-discovery issues in an MDL group of about 100 patent infringement cases, including selection of search terms, form of production, privilege review and cost-shifting
  • Ordered the imaging and analysis of hard drives by a neutral expert in an unfair competition case to determine whether wholesale deletions had occurred
  • Worked with counsel in a trademark infringement case to manage and resolve disputes regarding the scope, form and timing of production of electronically stored information

Honors Membership Awards

  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators, January 2010
  • President, The Mediation Society, San Francisco, 2011 - present 
  • Past President, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters, 2009  
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of Law
  • Author of articles on ADR, including:
    • E-Discovery in Arbitration, "Rules for ADR," California Lawyer, May 2011
    • “E-Discovery: Succeeding with a Special Master,” California Lawyer, April 2010
    • “Managing Discovery in Patent Cases: Best Practices,” Law 360, February 2009
    • “Exercise Dilligence When Preparing for Corporate Mediation,” Corporate Counsel, September 2006
    • "How to Succeed with Discovery Referees," Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California Report, November 2004
    • "Recipe for Success in Arbitration," The Recorder, March 2004


  • Panelist, JAMS, San Francisco, 1996-present
  • Partner, Rogers, Joseph, O'Donnell & Quinn, San Francisco, 1981-1996
  • Partner and associate, Pettit & Martin, San Francisco, 1971-1981
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1967
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1964