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Matthew J. Martinez


P 602-714-7044
F 602-714-7045


Matthew Martinez is a Principal in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C

His practice focuses on representing employers in all matters of business immigration. He represents companies from a broad spectrum of industries, ranging in size from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies, including several listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ.

Mr. Martinez’ clients include major healthcare providers, multinational corporations, government agencies, sports franchises, professional athletes, and performers in the entertainment industry. He is fluent in Spanish and advises Latin American companies in setting up operations in the U.S. and transferring key employees. He also assists Canadians and Mexicans in obtaining work authorization through NAFTA. Mr. Martinez counsels companies on complex immigration issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and he assists companies with I-9 and E-Verify issues, including internal audits and government investigations.

In particular, Mr. Martinez provides counsel to companies navigating the H-1B application process, including preparing for the H-1B lottery and extensions of F-1/OPT for STEM graduates. He represents investors applying for E-2 treaty investor and E-1 treaty trader visas at various U.S. consulates throughout the world.  He handles PERM labor certification applications, J-1 Conrad Waiver applications, National Interest Waiver applications, and Schedule A petitions. Mr. Martinez also assists clients with EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 permanent residence petitions.

Mr. Martinez is a frequent speaker on immigration matters affecting employers, and he also lectures international students at major universities regarding their post-graduation employment options.

Honors and Recognitions

  • North Valley Magazine, Top Valley Lawyers (2013)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - Latin America and Caribbean Chapter, Customs and Border Protection Committee
  • Arizona State Bar
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Kentucky Bar Association


Published Works

  • “Federal Immigration Employer Sanctions and Antidiscrimination Provisions Arizona,” Employment Law Handbook, Volume Two, 2nd Edition 2014 Supplement, Article 8.4 [Author]
  • “Immigration Solutions for New Businesses,” Business Law News, California State Bar, Business Law Section, No. 3, 2004

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Degree to H-1B: Immigration Options After Graduation,” Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona; March 19, 2015 (presenter)
  • “What Does DACA Mean for Universities?,” Arizona International Educators State Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, March 6, 2015 (presenter)
  • “Verification without Discrimination, How to Confirm Work Authorization the Right Way,” Maricopa County Bar Association, May 23, 2013 (presenter)
  • ‘Invest in the Southwest “Como Hacer Negocios en Arizona”,’ Arizona Commerce Authority, Mexico City, Mexico, September 24 - 26, 2012 (presenter)
  • ‘Where is SB1070 Now and Who are the “Dreamers?”,’ Maricopa County Bar Association, Phoenix, Arizona, August 24, 2012 (presenter)
  • “Advising and Hiring International Students: Unraveling the U.S. Immigration System,” 2012 Annual Statewide Career Services Conference held at Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona, June 20, 2012 (presenter)
  • “Crimes and Punishment: How do Misdemeanors Affect Immigration Status,” 2012 National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, May 30, 2012 (presenter)
  • “Crimes & Punishment How do Misdemeanors Affect Immigration Status,” National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) 2011 Region II Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, October 27, 2011 (presenter)
  • “Invest in Arizona Seminar 2011,” Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Commerce Authority, Mexico City, Mexico, June 26 – 29, 2011 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Compliance Program for Employers in the Equine Industry,” University of Kentucky, National Conference on Equine Law, Lexington, Kentucky, May 5, 2011 (presenter)
  • “Top Ten Things You Need to Know When Advising Employers on Immigration Matters,” Maricopa County Bar Association, Phoenix, Arizona, November 10, 2010 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Compliance and Workplace Enforcement in Arizona,” 9th Annual Beyond the Basics in Employment Law, Phoenix, Arizona, November 4, 2010 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Compliance and Workplace Enforcement in Arizona,” Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 17, 2010 (presenter)
  • “The Riddles of the Sphinx are Child's Play Compared to the U.S. Immigration Laws,” Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association's 2nd Annual Healthcare Workforce Summit, Phoenix, Arizona, September 11, 2008 (presenter)
  • “Issues in Managing a Foreign Workforce in Arizona,” American Institute of Architects, Southern Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, September 10, 2008 (presenter)
  • “The Border War,” Presented at the 2008 Minority Bar Convention, Phoenix, Arizona, April 18, 2008 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Compliance: How to Avoid the Business Death Penalty,” Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Seminar, Arizona Builders' Alliance, Tucson, Arizona, March 12, 2008 (presenter)
  • “Critical Updates for Immigration Law Practitioners,” National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona, January 17, 2008 (presenter)
  • “How to Keep Your License, Avoid the Business Death Penalty, and Sail into the Social Security No-Match Safe Harbor,” Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, October 9, 2007 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Enforcement and Immigration Reform,” Tucson Utility Contractors Association (TUCA), Tucson, Arizona, September 5, 2007 (presenter)
  • ABA Employment and Labor Law Section 2007 Annual Fall Seminar, Sedona, Arizona, October 6, 2007 (presenter)
  • “Understanding Legal Issues to Help Protect Your Business,” Business to Business Expo ’07, June 26, 2007 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Policy and Employment Law,” University of Louisville Labor and Employment Law Institute, Louisville, Kentucky, June 22, 2007 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Reform Under a New Congress and How It Will Impact Horsemen,” National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA), Hot Springs, Arkansas, February 8, 2007 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Enforcement and Immigration Reform,” Alliance of Construction Trades (ACT), Tucson, Arizona, January 17, 2007 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Issues Impacting Construction Employers,” American Subcontractors (ASA) and Associated Specialty Contractors (ASC), Tucson, Arizona November 11, 2006 (presenter)
  • “Employing Foreign Workers in Kentucky: Immigration Rules and Strategies,” Associated Industries of Kentucky, March 14, 2006 (presenter)
  • “The PERM Process,” University of Louisville Law School, February 14, 2006 (presenter)
  • “Options for the J-1 Trainee,” Jefferson County Teachers Association, Louisville, Kentucky, August 8, 2005 (presenter)
  • “Employment Eligibility Verification,” Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Management & Executive Training Series, April 2004 (presenter)
  • “Immigration Update and Employment Eligibility Verification,” Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, Lexington, Kentucky, October 2003 (presenter)

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Jackson Lewis' addition of new Shareholders in several offices mentioned in Bloomberg Business' "Jackson Lewis Expands in Several of Its Offices Nationwide." View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

May 18, 2015
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Sean Hanagan and Gregg Clifton Comment on Matthew Martinez Joining Jackson Lewis

May 18, 2015

Sean Hanagan and Gregg Clifton comment on Matthew Martinez joining Jackson Lewis in "Matthew Martinez Joins Jackson Lewis in Phoenix," published in AZ Big Media. View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

May 14, 2015
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Gregg Clifton and Sean Hanagan Discuss the Addition of Matthew Martinez and Lucrecia Davis to Jackson Lewis

May 14, 2015

Gregg Clifton and Sean Hanagan discuss the addition of Matthew Martinez and Lucrecia Davis to Jackson Lewis in Law 360's "Jackson Lewis Adds Ex-Fennemore Craig Immigration Atty." View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

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October 12, 2016

Jackson Lewis Employers’ Immigration Update - No. 22, October 2016

October 12, 2016

Supreme Court Tied on Expansion of Obama Deferred Deportation Orders The U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie in a case appealing a nationwide injunction on the Obama Administration’s plans to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent... Read More

March 11, 2016

Jackson Lewis Employers’ Immigration Update - No. 21, March 2016

March 11, 2016

H-1B Cap Filing Alert Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 “master’s cap” visas. April 1, 2016, is the first day on which an H-1B petition may be filed for FY 2017, in anticipation of an October 1, 2016, start date. Last year, USCIS accepted 233,000 petitions in... Read More

January 5, 2016

Hospitals, Medical Providers Come under Scrutiny for Potentially Discriminatory Ads

January 5, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has been notifying hospitals and medical providers by letter that their advertisements placed through the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (“CASPR”) for podiatric residency... Read More

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North/South Border Processing Issues for Canadian, Mexican, and Third Country Nationals

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Diversity Applicants Sue to Force State Department Action
August 28, 2017

A group of diversity lottery applicants from countries covered by President Donald Trump’s travel ban have filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to force the State Department to adjudicate their diversity lottery visa applications before time runs out for them. Read More

Future of H-4 Work Permits Uncertain
March 23, 2017

In 2015, the Obama Administration DHS issued the H-4 EAD Rule allowing certain spouses of H-1B holders to obtain EADs and work while waiting to become permanent residents.  Soon thereafter, a group of high-tech workers, Save Jobs USA, filed suit in the U.S. Read More

USCIS Proposal Clarifies Criteria for Athletes
February 12, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields. If the proposal becomes effective, athletes will have greater flexibility in satisfying the O-1 visa criteria. Read More