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"Phenomenally strong across the whole spectrum of white collar work."

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Martha Boersch


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Tel (415) 217 3700


University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
J.D. magnum cum laude, 1986

Prior Experience

Jones Day
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California
Sideman & Bancroft

Bar Admissions

California bar

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California

Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits

Admitted pro hac vice to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and Western District of Texas


American College of Trial Lawyers

Northern CA Super Lawyer 2006-2016

Martha Boersch is a trial and appellate lawyer with thirty years of experience in the federal and state courts of Northern California. Her practice focuses on federal criminal defense and complex civil litigation. With broad experience in all aspects of federal criminal law, Ms. Boersch is “phenomenally strong across the whole spectrum of white collar work.” She has tried over a dozen federal jury trials, and has briefed and argued many cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Boersch has served as both a federal prosecutor and as a defense lawyer, giving her a “wealth of experience on both sides of the courtroom.” A ferocious advocate for her clients, she “commands the respect of defense counsel and prosecutors alike.”

Ms. Boersch was a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California for twelve years, serving as Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force (2002-2004) and Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit (2001-2002). She was the Office’s International Security Coordinator and spent a summer in Moscow for the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs. In 2009 she was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Justice’s second highest award for employee performance, for her work on the prosecution in United States v. Pavel Lazarenko. Ms. Boersch was a partner at a large international law firm for seven years before forming her own firm.

Ms. Boersch is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2006, and was one of those selected to receive the California Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year award in her field in 2004.

Ms. Boersch represents individuals and companies in federal grand jury investigations, pretrial, trial, and appellate proceedings. Her experience in federal criminal law includes mail and wire fraud, computer fraud, antitrust, the FCPA, domestic corruption and bribery, RICO, money laundering, and other federal criminal offenses. Ms. Boersch’s civil practice focuses on state and federal false claims act, fraud, antitrust, and securities cases.

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