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Biography

Trey Martinez was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. After completing high school at St. Joseph’s Academy in Brownsville, Texas, he had the good fortune of attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He received two majors, one in political science and one in psychology. He came back to Texas to go to law school at the University of Texas in Austin. While in law school, he was elected as class president. After graduation, he went on to be a law clerk to Judge Reynaldo G. Garza on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Upon completing his clerkship, he became an Assistant United States Attorney. At the age of 25, besides being one of the youngest prosecutors the United States Government had ever hired, he successfully tried a number of cases to juries. He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000 and has since been a lawyer in private practice doing what he loves best; argue cases to juries, although now he concentrates on civil cases. He has been very successful in his practice and has now dedicated a lot of time to improving both the practice of law as well as defending the rights of those who cannot defend themselves. He serves on several statewide legal boards and is actively involved in the community. He loves spending time with his kids in their various activities and cooking for his family.

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 05/1996
    • Honors: Permanent Class President
    • Honors: President, Student Bar Association, Spring 1996
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A. - 05/1993
    • Major: Political Science and Psychology

Professional Associations

  • Cameron County Young Lawyers, President, 2000 to 2001
  • Cameron County Young Lawyers, President Elect, 1999 to 2000
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2001 to Present
  • Texas Rural Legal Aid, Board of Directors, 2001 to 2002
  • Appleseed, Board of Directors, 2002 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • State Bar College, Member, 2002 to Present
  • University of Texas at Brownsville / Texas Southmost College, Board Member - Development Board

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Past Positions

  • United States Attorney’s Office Department of Justice, Brownsville, Texas, Assistant United States Attorney, 1997 to 2000
  • Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, Senior Judge, United States Court Of Appeals For the Fifth Circuit, Brownsville, Texas/ New Orleans, Louisiana, Law Clerk, 1996 to 1997

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney