Martín Sabelli

Attorney, Law Offices of Martín Antonio Sabelli
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Martín has represented individuals and tried many cases in state and federal courts since 1993 in a wide range of civil and criminal matters including complex federal white-collar criminal prosecutions, multi-defendant federal conspiracy cases, federal and state gang-related prosecutions, federal and state death-penalty homicides, civil trials and arbitrations, and capital habeas corpus matters. He focuses his practice on federal gang/RICO capital defense.

Martín served as a federal public defender in the Northern District of California (San Francisco), as the Director of Training for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and as a law clerk to the late Honorable Robert F. Peckham, United States District Judge. He taught Latin American History at Yale College as a Lecturer (1990-1991).

He is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and has chaired many NACDL committees and task forces including NACDL’s Anti-Racist Lawyering Committee, Lawyer’s Assistance Strike Force, Trial Penalty Task Force, and Strategic Litigation Committee. In 2018, he was awarded NACDL’s Champion of Justice Award.

Martín is a Member of the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College and has taught at the College without interruption since 2001. Martín has also taught for the Trial Advocacy Workshop for Harvard Law School, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and NACDL as well as numerous other criminal defense and public defense programs around the country and abroad.

Martín has participated in legal reform efforts in Argentina since 2008 in numerous provinces and the federal system. He lectures often on comparative criminal justice issues and has trained public defenders, judges, prosecutors, and lawyers in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and numerous other countries. Martín established a school for public defenders in Buenos Aires which trains defenders from all of the Spanish speaking Americas and Brazil. He has also trained judges, prosecutors, and lawyers in numerous other countries including in the Middle East Egypt.

Martín served as Director of the Mexico Program for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy from 2005 to 2007.

He is a graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Yale Law School.


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