Doreen Martin is a litigator with extensive experience representing private and public entities, as well as nonprofit and educational institutions in internal investigations, government investigations, and related litigation in state and federal courts. A key focus of her practice is conducting sexual harassment and workplace misconduct investigations on behalf of educational institutions and corporate entities. Doreen also regularly defends employers in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases in state and federal courts. Doreen is a former state prosecutor with first-chair trial experience and appellate experience, and is a trained Title IX investigator.
Doreen has conducted internal investigations for educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private entities, acting on behalf of general counsel, management, audit committees, and boards of directors, stemming from allegations of workplace misconduct, Title VI and Title IX complaints, financial fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) violations, among others. She has experience representing public companies and individuals in civil and criminal government enforcement actions, including actions brought by the United States Attorney's Office and the New York Attorney General's Office.
Doreen regularly conducts investigations for K-12 and higher education schools related to allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, bullying, and sexual misconduct. She represents schools in Title IX complaints before the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. She often represents clients in state and federal courts in follow-on litigation related to educational institutions’ handling of inappropriate conduct allegations.
She has developed and revised policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state laws, including Title IX, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Clery Act, and Article 129-B of the New York Education Law. She develops bespoke training programs for clients focused on conducting effective investigations and maintaining a respectful workplace. She also assists with a coordinated PR response and internal communications.
Doreen is the hiring partner in Venable’s New York office. She also serves on the firm’s Pro Bono and Diversity Committees.