Arturo Martinez has a lengthy and distinguished history of service to his city and his community at large. Throughout his legal career, he has devoted his life and career to giving back through public service by working for state, county and city governments, seeking justice, prosecuting violators of the law and protecting the interests of those whose community he represents.
Mr. Martinez is a native of Los Angeles, born to Cuban immigrant parents. He is a graduate of Loyola High School, with an undergraduate degree from UCLA, a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California and before the United State District Court, Central District. Mr. Martinez is a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of the Safe Neighborhoods and Gang Division.
In 1998, Mr. Martinez joined the City Attorney’s Office Criminal Branch as a trial deputy in the Central Trials Operations. From 2002 to 2008, he served as the first Neighborhood Prosecutor for Rampart Division. In 2007 he was also assigned to the Anti-Gang Section where he handled a variety of gang, gun and graffiti cases. In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Supervisor of the Anti-Gang Section, eventually becoming the Supervisor in 2014. During his tenure in the Anti-Gang Section, Mr. Martinez co-developed the Gang Injunction Removal Petition Program and the Gang Alternative Sentencing Program. In 2018, he became the Deputy Chief of the Safe Neighborhoods and Gang Division. The Safe Neighborhoods and Gang Division is comprised by the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program, Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, Gang and Gun Prosecution Section, Gun Violence Prevention Program, Anti-Sex and Labor Trafficking Section, Anti-Counterfeit Enforcement Program, and Marijuana Enforcement Unit. Prior to joining the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Martinez served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice and also worked in the Children Services Division of the County Counsel’s Office handling child abuse and neglect cases.
Mr. Martinez is a dedicated volunteer and board member of several local community and non-profit organizations. Among his many involvements, he currently serves as president of the Loyola High School Alumni Association, a member of the Loyola High School Board of Directors, and a member of the Latino Alumni Society of Loyola High School. He is also a member and past president of the Latino City Attorneys Association and a past president of the Latin American Law Students Association at Pepperdine University School of Law.