Belinda Martinez Vega

Partner
Vega Belinda

Belinda Martinez Vega focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including matters involving unfair business practices, securities litigation, intellectual property, contract disputes, and fraud. Belinda also counsels clients on corporate compliance and conducts internal investigations in response to government inquiries and allegations of misconduct. She has been actively involved in handling litigation and providing confidential pre-litigation advice for entertainment clients defending against sexual harassment charges.

Experience

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

  • First-chaired a books and records trial and won, resulting in protection of the client's financial records from disclosure to outside parties claiming to have shareholder and director rights
  • Defended a global oil exploration and production company against the Alaska Department of Natural Resources in two bench trials and one appeal to the Supreme Court, involving a dispute over oil and gas leases
  • Defended a global solar company in multi-party state litigation against breach of contract, breach of warranty, and indemnity claims, resulting in a favorable settlement for client
  • Represented a real estate development entity in international arbitration proceedings involving breach of contract claims related to the construction of a luxury hotel in Baja California, Mexico
  • Defended, in mediation, a major international wire transfer company against claims of intentional interference, unfair business practices, and trademark violations under the Lanham Act

Antitrust Litigation

  • Assisted in the defense of a leading semiconductor manufacturing company in two federal trials involving patent infringement and antitrust monopoly claims, resulting in a $250 million sanctions award against the opposing party and in favor of the company for document spoliation
  • Defended a global health insurance provider in multidistrict shareholder litigation against antitrust, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims filed because of government investigations into broker compensation practices, resulting in a settlement for the client

Securities Litigation

  • Defended a director and majority shareholder in a Texas shareholder class action securities litigation arising out of the sale of a company, resulting in the dismissal of claims against the client at pleading stage
  • Obtained a win for client, a leading financial institution, at the summary judgment stage in litigation arising from its capacity as a guarantor of bonds
  • Represented a high-net-worth individual and family trust in FINRA arbitration proceedings against investment advisors, related to mismanagement of funds and breach of fiduciary duties

Entertainment Litigation

  • Settled a dispute for a Chicago-based television station involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, and unfair business practices brought by a Colombian-owned media company
  • Defended a Los Angeles Spanish-language station against breach of contract and fraud claims brought by a major television network studio, resulting in settlement favorable to client
  • Represented talent in an arbitration proceeding against a major motion picture studio, related to claims of breach of contract, accounting, and copyright infringement, involving a film distributed internationally and sold to a cable network
  • Represented an animation studio in a dispute with investors and alleged shareholders involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties
  • Reached a favorable settlement for a music licensing company in mediation over a partnership dispute involving licensing rights, copyrights, and royalties
  • Represented the president and CEO of an entertainment company in a criminal investigation and civil lawsuit arising from federal RICO and state conspiracy charges
  • Represented a leading Spanish-language television network in an internal investigation related to a potential breach of employment contracts and ethical violations by employees
  • Represented talent in negotiations with a Spanish-language network studio over development services rendered to the studio, and the acquisition of ideas and all related works for the adaptation of a television series
  • Represented an independent production company in mediation and arbitration proceedings against a leading TV network, involving breach of duty, breach of contract, and accounting claims

White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations

  • Completed two international investigations, representing the board of directors of a multi-million-dollar agricultural corporation, and advising on disclosure obligations
  • Represented an investment management firm in completing an internal investigation related to potential SEC whistle-blower issues
  • Assisted an investigation team representing a global oil and gas company in state civil cases, and state attorney general and district attorney general investigations related to hazardous waste substances and compliance with environmental regulations involving underground petroleum storage tanks
  • Defended the board of directors of a major publicly traded book publishing and advertising company in an SEC investigation of its accounting practices, and in related federal class action and state derivative lawsuits for alleged violations of federal securities laws
  • Represented a private research university in an internal investigation concerning ethical violations by one of its senior-level employees and related reporting obligations to federal government
  • Represented a dietary supplement company in a government investigation into its compliance with FDA regulations, and prepared key witnesses for grand jury and congressional hearing testimony
  • Represented a large manufacturer and supplier of specialized materials for aircraft and aerospace in an internal investigation involving compliance and disclosure obligations under the False Claims Act, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
  • Defended a telemarketing company in a federal investigation into alleged violations under the False Claims Act (FCA)
  • Defended a co-founder of a real estate mortgage banking company in a federal investigation involving allegations of bank and loan fraud, tax fraud, and false representations
  • Served as interim general counsel for a private jet company; spearheaded an internal investigation into allegations of corruption and fraud by the company’s former managing director

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Columbia Law School 1999
  • B.A. Political Science, Chicana/o Studies University of California 1995

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Mexican-American Bar Association
  • Member, Latina Lawyers Bar Association
  • Commissioner, board of directors, Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions (appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti)

Recognition
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  • Listed in Los Angeles Business Journal, Most Influential Minority Lawyers, 2018
  • Named a Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Serves as counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Volunteerism

  • Vice chair, board of directors, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust