Martin H. Dodd

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP

180 Sansome Street
17th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104


Civil Rights, Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Sexual Harassment, Shareholder Disputes, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, Wage and Hour, Wrongful Termination

Mr. Dodd is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator and is a partner in the San Francisco law firm, Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP. He has practiced law for more than 32 years and has represented companies, individuals and various government agencies, focusing primarily upon commercial, closely-held business and employment disputes.   

He has mediated roughly 300 cases including: wrongful termination, employment discrimination, wage and hour and PAGA disputes; commercial, real property and construction disputes; misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition claims; building code and regulatory enforcement disputes; and attorneys’ fees disputes.   

Mr. Dodd is a member of the American Arbitration Association employment arbitration and mediation panels, the mediation and early neutral evaluation panels for the U. S. District Court, Northern District of California, the mediation panels for the California Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Districts and the Bar Association of San Francisco mediation panel.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1982
M.A., Harvard University, 1977
B.A., Highest Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1974

Professional Participation

Outside the office, Martin is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the California State Bar’s Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Business Law sections.  From 2009-2011 he served as co-chair of the Litigation Section’s ADR Committee, which is devoted to educating attorneys and the public about the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and which provides a forum for discussion of ADR issues.  He is also a member of The Mediation Society.

Community Participation 

Martin is a member of The Board of Trustees of Palo Alto University.  He is also active in his synagogue, Congregation Beth El in Berkeley. He is a past president of the congregation and a former member of the board of directors, and a member of several committees. He has also served on the boards of Jewish Family and Children Services in the East Bay and Tehiyah Day School.

Articles Written

“The Eleventh Amendment and State Sovereign Immunity from Suit under Federal Law,” 24 Public Law Journal, No. 2 (Spring 2001) 

“Absolute and Qualified Immunities from Suit Under Federal Law,” 24 Public Law Journal, No. 4 (Fall 2001)

“Of Maestro and Marathon: Waiver of the Right to Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices in a Boys Markets World,” 5 Industrial Relations Law Journal 203 (1983)

Speaking Engagements

“Getting the Edge in Arbitration - Fees & 998 Settlement Offers in Arbitration,” co-presenter, March 19, 2015

"Picking a Mediator: What Does the Empirical Data Tell Us?" Co-panelist, State Bar Annual Meeting, October 10, 2013.

"The Sequester Aftermath:  A New Dawn for Mediating Government Contract Claims,” ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 9, 2013 (co-presenter).

“Mediation: Prepare, Present and Produce the Best Results for your Clients,” (co-presenter).  State Bar Annual Convention, 2010

“Equity Receiverships”, Receivers’ Forum, 2009

"Co-Owner Disputes: Procedures and Remedies,” 2007 Closely Held Business Conference, California CPA Education Foundation 

"Involuntary Corporate Dissolution: A Case Study In Three Acts", Family Firm Institute Study Group meeting, 2007 

"Mediation for Non-Litigators", (co-presenter) State Bar Annual Convention, 2007 

“Selected Topics in Employment Law,” 2006 Closely-Held Business Conference, CalCPA Education Foundation

"Mediating Employment Disputes", 2006 Employment Practices Conference, California CPA Education Foundation 

"Does Your Client Have A Code Enforcement Problem? Assessing, Handling and Resolving Building and Housing Complaints Received From Government Agencies", (co-presenter) State Bar Section Education Institute, 2006


U.S. District Court for Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

Articles Editor, Industrial Relation Law Journal (1981-1982)
Order of the Coif, 1982
Northern California Super Lawyer, 2009-2015
AV-Rated, 2008-2015

180 Sansome Street, 17th floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

415 399 3841

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