Alexis D. Martin joined Caffarelli & Associates, Ltd. in 2014 and was named a Partner in 2022. Throughout her career, Ms. Martin has focused on promoting employee rights. Ms. Martin is an experienced litigator and class action attorney, having appeared in hundreds of cases throughout multiple state and federal courts in Illinois. Ms. Martin concentrates her practice in employment litigation under both state and federal law, including wage and hour claims for classes and individuals, whistleblower claims, family and medical leave (FMLA), unlawful retaliation, discrimination and harassment, and biometric privacy. Additionally, Ms. Martin regularly counsels clients through contract negotiations and disputes, including employment agreements, severance agreements, and non-compete issues.
Ms. Martin has frequently served as class counsel, including for a national wage class that culminated in a multi-million-dollar settlement. Ms. Martin successfully argued an issue of first impression before the Illinois Appellate Court concerning claim accrual under the Biometrics Information Privacy Act. She has served as first and second-chair in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts. Ms. Martin has successfully tried cases involving overtime claims, defamation, tortious interference, sexual harassment, and retaliation. She has been recognized by her colleagues and clients for her skill and dedication and is rated 10/10 “superb” by Avvo.com.
Prior to joining Caffarelli & Associates, Ms. Martin practiced immigration law and a variety of civil litigation, including employment, breach of contract, and personal and property torts. Beginning in college and continuing throughout her legal career, Ms. Martin has volunteered at local legal clinics, lending her services to Chicago’s immigrant communities. Ms. Martin also lends assistance to current and former military members and their families. She has a unique appreciation for the struggles and sacrifices of our military communities, particularly the difficulties of military spouses to obtain employment, because she has continued to practice law while supporting her husband in his career as an active-duty member of the Army.
Ms. Martin earned her Juris Doctorate and a certificate from the Institute for Law and the Workplace from Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Chicago-Kent, Ms. Martin focused her studies on employment law and trial advocacy. In addition, she earned the CALI Award for Excellence in Family and Employment Immigration Practice, Legal Writing IV: Labor and Employment, Trial Advocacy I, and Trial Advocacy II.
Ms. Martin earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. At the University of Wisconsin, Ms. Martin first found her passion for the law by dedicating her time to workers’ rights issues, which she is proud to be able to carry on to her practice today.
- J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
- B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison
Bar & Court Admissions
- Illinois Supreme Court
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar
- United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Membership & Associations
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Military Spouse J.D. Network
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- “The Liability Loophole for Secondary Employers Under the FMLA,” National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), The Illinois Employee Advocate, August 2016
- Northwest Suburban Bar Association; Criminal and Traffic Law Nutshell Continuing Legal Education Seminar ‘Topics from A to Z’; speaker: “Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law,” April 2013
- “Deferred Action: Bridging the Gap to Comprehensive Immigration Reform;” Northwest Suburban Bar Association Newsbriefs, April 2013
- “Deferred Action: Bridging the Gap to Comprehensive Immigration Reform;” The Docket – A publication of the Lake County Bar Association, August 2013
- “Affirming Affirmative Consent;” Chicago-Kent Commentator, December 2011