Fascinated by the intersection of scholarship and the practice of law, Martin Redish enjoys intellectual challenges to which he can apply his extensive knowledge to have a positive impact on clients and their legal needs. Marty advises on federal civil procedure, constitutional law and other litigation and appellate matters.
Marty also is on the faculty at Northwestern University School of Law, where he has held the Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy position for nearly 30 years, and he is a prominent scholar in the areas of federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, freedom of speech and constitutional law. Having provided significant testimony as an expert witness and before Congress, he brings a new dimension of skill and expertise to working with the firm’s litigators – particularly new practitioners – and clients alike.
Before joining the firm, Marty served as academic counsel and consultant to an extensive number of law firms and companies, leveraging his knowledge and insight as one of the 20 most-cited legal scholars of all time (in studies conducted by William S. Hein & Company). Namely, his scholarship has been quoted or cited in 22 U.S. Supreme Court opinions, he has been repeatedly recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information for being among the most highly-cited researchers worldwide, and he has authored op-eds in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Marty has appeared as an expert witness before numerous congressional committees on such subjects as First Amendment protection of free expression, class actions and congressional power to control federal jurisdiction. In addition, he has made frequent appearances in the national media, including the Today Show, ABC and NBC national news, CNN, Court TV, CSPAN, public television, and National Public Radio.
Held in the highest regard by his students, faculty colleagues and those in the wider legal industry, Marty has been honored with numerous teaching awards, as well as a Festschrift, a conference honoring his scholarly accomplishments in 2012, and in 2016, a conference to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his first scholarly article, written as a third-year law student, which has been widely recognized as the source of the modern doctrine of First Amendment protection of commercial speech.
While he has spent nearly all of his professional life as a professor at Northwestern University Law School, Marty has also held visiting professorships at the University of Michigan Law School, Cornell University Law School and Stanford Law School.
Described in a review of his book, Judicial Independence and the American Constitution: A Democratic Paradox, as “the foremost scholar and theorist of American judicial independence,” Marty is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 17 books, including The Adversary First Amendment: Free Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy and Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit. In addition, he is one of the primary revisers of the multi-volume treatise, Moore’s Federal Practice.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board of revisers, Moore’s Federal Practice
Former member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Former academic consultant, Subcommittee on Judicial Independence of the Judicial Branch Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States
Former member, Seventh Circuit Rules Advisory Committee
Former reporter, American College of Trial Lawyers Project on Complex Civil Litigation
Member, American Law Institute
Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, 1987, 2006, 2014
Ranked 17th Most Cited Legal Scholar of All Time, William S. Hein Co., 2013
First Year Course Teacher of the Year, 2005, 2012
Dean’s Teaching Award, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008
Stanford Clinton Senior Research Professorship, 1988-1989
L. Hart Wright Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Michigan Law School, 1988