Martin L. Carpenter


Martin L. Carpenter



(213) 228-0400

Martin L. Carpenter is a native of Los Angeles County. After being honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1969, Mr. Carpenter attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He then pursued his legal education at Southwestern University.

As a staff writer on the Southwestern Law Review, Mr. Carpenter co-authored an article on insurance bad faith in 1975, which has been cited by the California and South Dakota Supreme Courts for the proposition that in each contract there exists an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. At Southwestern Mr. Carpenter earned a position as an Associate Editor of the Law Review. He graduated in 1976 with his Juris Doctor, and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of California and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in December of the same year.

Additionally, Mr. Carpenter is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and Los Angeles Superior Court. He also sits as a Temporary Judge for the Superior Court in limited jurisdiction cases. He has received recognition from the Los Angeles Superior Court for his volunteer service as a mediator through the ADR Program.

Mr. Carpenter has devoted his professional life to developing and applying the skills of a civil trial attorney. He represents private individuals, corporations, businesses and public entities in the areas of personal injury, products liability, contracts, civil rights violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, and police excessive force. His published decision in Rodriguez v. Inglewood Unified School District (1986) 186 Cal.App.3d 707 is an often cited authority in educational law.

Professional associations include: American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and Southwestern Alumni Association. He is also a member of the UCLA Alumni Association and the Bruin Bench.

Mr. Carpenter married his wife, Catherine in July of 1973, after their graduation from UCLA and just before they both entered law school. Catherine is a Professor of Criminal Law at Southwestern. She is very active with the ABA Legal Education Division and serves as an educational consultant to colleges and universities across the nation.


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1976

Court Admissions

Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court