Janet Martinez


Janet Martinez is Director of the Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution and Senior Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, where she teaches advanced negotiation, dispute system design, legal design and alternative dispute resolution law and policy. Martinez is also Senior Advisor with LaxSebenius–The Negotiation Group, in Massachusetts.

Martinez practiced corporate law in San Francisco for ten years before moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, she did research, writing, and teaching in various aspects of negotiation at Harvard University’s graduate schools of business, law, and government, and completed her Ph.D. at MIT.  While in Cambridge, she was Senior Associate for the Consensus Building Institute, a nonprofit provider of dispute resolution services in the public and private sectors.  She conducted training courses for public and private clients, and facilitated multi-stakeholder policy dialogues involving senior diplomats, industry, government and nongovernmental officials for the World Trade Organization, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations.

Since returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, Martinez’ current research and consulting focus on dispute system design (Dispute System Design forthcoming with Stanford University Press), online dispute resolution, sustainable groundwater management, international comparative dispute resolution, and negotiation curriculum development for clients in the private (corporate and law firms), public and nonprofit sectors.