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Alisa A. Martin


Alisa Martin is a San Diego lawyer with over 20 years of experience. She focuses her practice on employment and consumer cases. Ms. Martin has made hundreds of court appearances throughout California. She is well recognized as an aggressive, fair, and ethical advocate. Ms. Martin has been lead and co-lead counsel in numerous class actions and has obtained millions of dollars for employees and consumers.

Unique Background

Before embarking on a legal career, Alisa obtained a Masters of Arts with honors in clinical psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California at San Diego. While working on her Masters, Ms. Martin trained at Los Angeles clinics that focused on substance abuse and major mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Ms. Martin’s education and training gave her strong interpersonal skills, enhanced her ability to be a creative thinker and problem solver, and sharpened her communication skills.

Client Expectation

Ms. Martin’s clients can fully expect to receive complete candor about the litigation process, including a case’s strengths and weaknesses. Clients also can expect excellent communication, information, strategy, and advocacy.


After developing her clinical psychology skills, Ms. Martin attended law school at the University of San Diego. In 2002, she graduated and was admitted to the California State Bar.


After law school, Ms. Martin spent over six years at Cooley LLP, a large and prestigious international defense firm. While at Cooley, Ms. Martin handled corporate defense matters, which included defending corporations in lawsuits initiated by employees or consumers. Her corporate defense work has shaped her into a well-rounded attorney because it gave her invaluable insight into large corporations’ inner-workings, decision-making processes, and defense strategies.

After Cooley, Alisa joined Harrison Patterson & O’Connor LLP. While at the firm, Ms. Martin switched from defending corporations to protecting employee and consumer rights. Ms. Martin later joined the Patterson Law Group, APC, where she focuses on protecting employee and consumer rights in class actions.


Alisa has obtained invaluable knowledge and experience from over twenty years of interactions with the courts and opposing counsel, and from her collaborative work with many well-respected attorneys on cutting edge cases that seek to expand employee and consumer rights.

Professional Affiliations

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association

Personal Life

Well before law school, I spent 12 enjoyable, but often grueling, years studying ballet. For the first five or so years, my mother forced me to go, arguing that ballet would give me grace, good posture, and discipline. I use to fear my extremely strict teacher who — on more than one occasion — yanked me out of class for talking too much. It wasn’t until my sixth year of ballet that I developed a love for it. After that, I spent the next several years — often three to four hours a day — practicing ballet. I have long since retired my toe shoes, but I will never forget that experience. Ballet brought out in me unrelenting passion, dedication, confidence, humility, and hard work. I have now channeled these qualities into my legal career.

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