Nathaniel R. Martinez

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Nathaniel R. Martinez Partner

  • Houston
  • 713.487.1902
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Nathaniel is a Partner in the Houston office of Mayer LLP.  He has a diverse practice in construction, products liability, business transactions, employment/trade secret misappropriation, and international corporate matters.  Nathaniel’s clients encompass the energy, healthcare (including hospital systems, physician, and dentist practice groups), manufacturing, construction, and software technology sectors. Nathaniel’s knowledge of these industries has led him to serve in an outside General Counsel capacity for many companies.   

Nathaniel understands that his clients depend on his strategic counsel to identify legal risks and develop innovative solutions to mitigate losses and improve business productivity.  He cultivates close partnerships with his clients by seeking to understand their business in all facets, and thus, represents his clients as their outside general counsel.     

Nathaniel’s construction practice focuses on design and engineering disputes and transactions including defective design and defective construction, contractual indemnification, and mechanic’s liens. 

Nathaniel has broadened his practice to include product liability defense including medical device and construction and farm equipment industries.  

Nathaniel advises companies of various sizes and industries in aspects of enforcement and defense of non-competition agreements, breaches of fiduciary duty, and contract disputes.  He counsels clients on their employment-related matters, including preparation of employment agreements, employee handbooks, non-disclosure agreements, separation agreements, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, and hiring and termination practices. Nathaniel represents individuals, family-owned or closely held businesses on succession plans or business divorce/separation matters.

Nathaniel assists companies of all sizes and areas of specialization with international business needs including obtaining business visas for hiring, transferring, and training employees in the U.S. on a temporary and permanent basis.  He counsels corporate legal and HR departments regarding employment verification compliance, employer sanctions and anti-discrimination issues, as well as hiring and termination decisions of foreign nationals. Nathaniel also coordinates transfers of U.S. personnel to foreign countries to ensure proper work authorization and immigration compliance for American citizens and their employers abroad.


  • Corporate & Securities
  • Immigration
  • Labor & Employment


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX, J.D., 2011
  • Honors College, Political Science, University of Houston, Houston, TX, B.A. 2003      


  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of Texas

Distinctions & Certifications

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for Houston Immigration Law, 2021
  • Chambers USA – Recognized Practitioner, Immigration – Texas, 2017-2018
  • Associates to Watch, Immigration – Texas, 2020
  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars. 2017-2020
  • Woodward/White, Inc. – Best Lawyers in America, Texas' Best Lawyers, Immigration Law, 2020-2021
  • University of Houston Arrival Awards – Honoree Beacon of Light
  • University of Houston Immigration Clinic – Dean’s Award Recipient, 2010

Professional Activities

  • University of Houston Law Center Alumni Association (Board Member, 2017-2019)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Houston Hispanic Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

Publications & Speeches

  • Presenter: What to do if ICE shows up – Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section Interviewed for New

Community Involvement

  • St. Catherine’s Montessori School (Board of Directors President, 2013-2018; Vice President/Treasurer, 2012-2013)

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