Deborah Kemi Martin


Deborah Kemi Martin


New York | 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3806 | +1 212 698 3599

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Deborah Kemi Martin represents clients in a broad range of litigation matters in federal and state courts. Her areas of focus include white collar and securities litigation, mutual fund litigation, internal, federal, and state attorneys general investigations, corporate compliance, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Martin has won a number of awards. Recently, the National Bar Association recognized her as its 2016 winner of the Excellence in Service award and named Ms. Martin one of its 2016 “40 Under 40” Nation’s Best Advocates. The Nigerian Lawyers Association also recognized Ms. Martin as its 2016 Rising Star Award recipient.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Martin served as a litigation associate at the New York office of another large international law firm. In 2012, Ms. Martin was selected to act as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for a six-month period during which she tried several cases and settled many more for the New York City Law Department’s Manhattan Tort Unit.

Ms. Martin maintains an active pro bono practice. Among other things, she has served as lead counsel in several pro bono asylum cases, all of which resulted in petitioners being granted asylum. For her work in securing asylum for a petitioner in a particularly complicated and almost decade-long case, Ms. Martin received Sanctuary for Families’ Above and Beyond Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy.


Significant Representations

  • French investment bank in years-long internal investigation of its multibillion dollar subprime mortgage business and defense against investigations by state Attorneys General.
  • International investment bank in a series of disputes in domestic and international courts arising out of its collateralized debt obligation business and several billion dollars of structured finance products.
  • Oil and gas company’s CEO in connection with insider trading and Section 16(b) claims, resulting in settlement on the eve of trial on terms favorable to the client.
  • A multinational financial services company in connection with breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation claims brought by a state pension fund, culminating in settlement for less than a fifth of the US$300 million damages sought.
  • A global financial services company regarding state and federal fraud and securities claims brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency as a result of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s mortgage-backed securities investments.
  • Working with the Innocence Project on eliminating the admission of improper forensic science in courts nationwide, including drafting an appellate brief for amici curiae in a Fifth Circuit death penalty case addressing a novel basis for a successive federal habeas petition.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of Southern California, B.S., 2005, National Merit Scholar, Trustee Scholar
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2009, Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review
  • New York
  • English
  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Honorable Gregory M. Sleet
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Honorable Theodore A. McKee

White Collar Editorial Advisory Board, Law360
White Collar Crime Committee, New York City Bar
African Affairs Committee, New York City Bar
Inn of Court, Federal Bar Council