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Abe  Martinez


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First Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorneys Office - Southern District of Texas

Abe Martinez is an experienced prosecutor with over 27 years of service as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Texas. He has served as the Acting United States Attorney, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section and Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, and Senior Litigation Counsel. During his tenure, Mr. Martinez has prosecuted cases involving espionage and terrorism violations, cyber-crimes, violent crimes, economic crimes, public corruption, civil rights violations and illegal narcotics trafficking. In October 2008, Mr. Martinez accepted a detail to Mosul, Iraq on behalf of the Department of Justice to serve as the Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) for the Mosul Provincial Reconstruction Team. He served in Northern Iraq for 18 months between November 2008 and June 2010. Mr. Martinez is a graduate of Boston College Law School and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center where he teaches Criminal Procedure, Anti-Terrorism Law and National Security Law. He has also served as an instructor at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center lecturing on topics related to trial advocacy, counter-terrorism and national security law.

Prior to his service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Martinez was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for six years, serving as a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. his final year. Prior to his stint with the FBI, he served in the United States Air Force and was assigned to the North American Defense Command (NORAD) at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. Martinez has been involved in State and local bar committees, having served on the State of Texas, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and Houston Bar, Federal Practice Section. He was also a member of two Department of Justice executive committees, the Information Technology Investment Review Board, and the Law Enforcement Information Sharing Group.