• University of Pennsylvania, A.B. (1967) highest honors in political science, Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford Clinton Stanford Clinton Prize for Best Thesis in American Government
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1970) magna cum laude, member of Harvard Law Review


  • Illinois

Martin Redish

Senior Counsel

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Martin (Marty) Redish is a senior counsel in the firm’s Litigation, Advertising & Media, and State Attorneys General practices.

As one of the most-cited legal scholars of all time and “one of the nation’s foremost authorities on constitutional law and the First Amendment” (according to the First Amendment Encyclopedia), Marty is sought out by companies for his extensive knowledge in this area. He advises clients on issues related to constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, and freedom of expression.

Marty is the Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northwestern University School of Law and has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School, Cornell University Law School and Stanford Law School. He has appeared as an expert witness before Congress and has been cited in 22 Supreme Court opinions. Marty has also made appearances on TODAY, ABC and NBC national news, CNN, Court TV, C-SPAN, public television, and National Public Radio.


A prolific writer, Marty is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 17 books. His most recent book, published in 2021, is titled, Commercial Speech as Free Expression: The Case for First Amendment Protection (Cambridge Studies on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties). Stanford University Press published his book, The Adversary First Amendment: Free Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy, in 2013, and his book, Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit, in 2009. In addition, he is one of the primary revisers of the multi-volume treatise, Moore’s Federal Practice.  


After graduating from law school, Marty served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Joseph Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Professional and Community Involvement

  • Board of revisers, Moore’s Federal Practice
  • Former member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Former academic consultant, Subcommittee on Judicial Independence of the Judicial Branch Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States
  • Former member, Seventh Circuit Rules Advisory Committee
  • Former reporter, American College of Trial Lawyers Project on Complex Civil Litigation
  • Member, American Law Institute


  • Daniel J. Meltzer Award, Association of American Law Schools, 2021, for outstanding scholarship in the field of Federal Courts
  • Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, 1987, 2006, 2014
  • Ranked 17th Most-Cited Legal Scholar of All Time, William S. Hein Co., 2013
  • First Year Course Teacher of the Year, 2005, 2012
  • Dean’s Teaching Award, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008
  • Stanford Clinton Senior Research Professorship, 1988-1989
  • L. Hart Wright Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Michigan Law School, 1988

Representative Matters

Over the course of his career, Marty has represented large organizations on important constitutional and jurisdictional issues, including:

  • Served as a consultant and lobbyist for a multinational food manufacturer in its successful effort to stop a combined FTC and FDA attempt to impose severe restrictions on cereal advertising. As part of that effort, he met with numerous congressional staff members and authored a white paper on First Amendment protection for commercial speech which received substantial attention.
  • Served, for three years, as the constitutional trouble shooter throughout the nation for Keene Corporation, an asbestos defendant, arguing numerous free speech and jurisdictional matters.
  • Worked as a consultant for an agrochemical corporation on a major class action.
  • Called as an expert witness before numerous congressional committees on commercial speech and class action issues, served as the tobacco industry’s expert witness on legal-ethical issues in numerous state attorney general suits, and served as an expert witness on class action issues for a U.S. insurance company.