Jill R. Martin

Jill R. Martin has practiced civil litigation, with an emphasis in employment law in Santa Barbara since 2004.

Ms. Martin, originally from New Jersey, moved to California in 1996 to study at Pomona College in Claremont, California.    After graduating cum laude from Pomona College, Ms. Martin attended Stanford University, where she received a Master of Art in Latin American Studies.  As part of her Master’s program, Ms. Martin lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she did her Master’s thesis research on the efficacy of microcredit to alleviate poverty in Buenos Aires and other large Latin America cities.

Thereafter, Ms. Martin worked as a domestic violence counselor in New Jersey, where she helped domestic violence victims secure restraining orders.  During her tenure as domestic violence advocate, Ms. Martin focused on developing cultural sensitive programs and support services for the Latin American community.

Changing careers, Ms. Martin then attended Duke University School of Law, with a Duke Institutional Merit Scholarship.  She graduated from Duke magna cum laude and as a member of Order of the Coif (top ten percent of the class).

Ms. Martin then returned to California and settled in Santa Barbara, where she began practicing law as an associate in the civil litigation group of Hatch & Parent, now known as Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schrek.

After beginning her family, Ms. Martin left the full-time practice of law to raise her children.  In 2009, Ms. Martin joined the Law Offices of Henry J. Bongiovi, where she focuses on complex legal research and writing.

Ms. Martin has also taught Legal Research & Writing at the Ventura and Santa Barbara College of Law and does grant evaluation work for Legal Aid of Santa Barbara County.