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Daniel Martens


Dal Soglio & Martens LLP
222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 2000
El Segundo, California 90245
(310) 662-4748 - Telephone
(310) 861-5517 - Facsimile



Daniel Martens has practiced in the Los Angeles area since 1994.  He is a founding partner in Dal Soglio & Martens LLP.  He has a broad range of litigation experience, and has represented clients in a wide variety of disputes, including contract claims, unfair business practices lawsuits, alter ego matters, and fraud actions.


Daniel has significant experience in products liability cases and toxic tort matters.  His products liability experience includes many different consumer products, including propane grills, glass and plastic bottles, and electronic devices.  His background and experience in toxic tort matters includes cases involving a mercury spill in Peru, groundwater contamination in Phoenix, and mass toxic exposure at locations throughout California.  He has represented defendants in multi-plaintiff personal injury cases involving many different toxins, including benzene, TCE, chromium, and asbestos.  Daniel has also represented clients in connection with industrial accidents, including refinery accidents and explosions.


Daniel also possesses substantial experience and expertise in employment matters.  He has represented employers in sexual harassment, wrongful termination and disability discrimination lawsuits.  In addition, he has assisted numerous clients with employee handbooks, employee arbitration agreements, and workplace investigations.

Notable Cases

Stow v. Los Angeles Dodgers:  Served as trial counsel for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the high profile personal injury action pursued by a San Francisco Giants fan who was brain damaged during a physical alteration in the stadium parking lot on Opening Day 2011.  The 31-day trial resulted in a successful jury verdict in July 2014.


Aerojet Asbestos Litigation:  Currently serves as lead counsel for Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. in connection with all asbestos cases in California.  Has secured summary judgment or dismissal in more than 70% of the 100+ cases handled since 2004.


Barber v. LA Marathon:  Served as lead trial counsel, securing a defense verdict in August 2011 in favor of the Los Angeles Marathon in a breach of contract action where the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $2 million.


Aguayo v. PG&E:  Worked on all aspects of the toxic tort cases made famous by the motion picture Erin Brockovich, where 100+ plaintiffs claimed that they developed cancer and other serious illnesses as a result of exposure to hexavalent chromium in drinking water.


Hahn v. USC:  Successfully negotiated resolution of a complex lawsuit involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and architectural barriers on the campus of the University of Southern California.



  • Practice Tips:  The Court of Appeal Splits on Asbestos Liability IssuesLos Angeles Lawyer, Volume 32, No. 8, November 2009.



  • The Expanded Analysis in Premises Asbestos CasesLos Angeles Lawyer, Volume 29, No. 5, July-August 2006.



  • Asbestos LitigationGlobal Counsel, Volume IX, No. 7, September 2004.



  • Medical Monitoring and Class ActionsNatural Resources & Environment (ABA), Vol. 17, No. 4, Spring 2003, co-authored with E. Getto.



  • The Representative Services Doctrine: The Historical Origins and the Unanswered QuestionsLA Litigator, Vol. 18, No. 1, September 2003, co-authored with B. Glennon and J. Suiter.



  • Chromium, Cancer and Causation: Has a Death-Blow Been Dealt to Chromium Cases in California?, Natural Resources & Environment (ABA), Vol. 16, No. 4, Spring 2002.



  • Toxic TimelineLos Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 10, January 2001.



  • Double-DippingHouse Counsel, Fall 1999.



  • Class Actions, Chapter 37, 2001 Supplement, Employment Discrimination LawLinderman & Grossman.



  • Class Actions, Chapter 37, 1998 Supplement, Employment Discrimination Law, Linderman & Grossman.


J.D. University of Iowa, 1994

    Iowa Law Review, High Honors and Special Distinction

B.A., University of Iowa, 1991

    Phi Beta Kappa, Honors and Distinction

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