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Martin H. Orlick

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Tel: (415) 984-9667
Fax: (800) 216-3380

2 Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, California 94111

Suzi Bachan
415.398.8080 Ext: 9604

Marty Orlick's practice, encompassing more than 30 years, focuses primarily on real estate transactions and real estate litigation, including hospitality, financial institution, shopping center, retail and commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales, lease administration for developers and tenants, portfolio management, regulation of real property use and development, eminent domain litigation and counseling, and abstracting lease portfolios. He is experienced in counseling and defending clients with respect to Americans with Disabilities Act claims in State and Federal court and defending Department of Justice investigations and complaints, including negotiating Voluntary Compliance Agreements. His ADA practice includes counseling businesses on the full spectrum of ADA compliance including the development of policy and procedure manuals and website accessibility issues. Marty has represented the nation's largest financial institutions in corporate real estate, litigation, class actions, and ADA cases. He has also represented trust clients of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America and Bank of the West. He is a member of the Global Hospitality Group®.

Marty's practice includes chain-wide roll-outs for regional and national tenants, operations counseling, land use regulation and permitting, code compliance, lease termination negotiations, contract and lease administration, and public relations issues.

Marty is involved in all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation including trials, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution.

Additionally, he prosecutes and defends a variety of Federal and State actions, including consumer class actions, commercial transactions, unfair competition and business practice claims, construction disputes and design professional liability cases.

Representative Experience:

  • Represents Target Corporation in real estate transactions, land use and environmental matters.
  • Litigation counsel for Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
  • Represented the former PepsiCo Real Estate, Inc.'s (now YUM! Brands, Inc.) casual dining division, including Taco Bell Corp., Pizza Hut, Inc. and KFC in real estate transactions, litigation, operational issues, land use regulation and eminent domain matters
  • Litigation counsel for 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc.
  • National real estate roll-out representation for The Gap, Inc., Office Depot, Score Learning Centers (a division of the Washington Post) and other retailers
  • Acquisition of manufacturing and distribution facilities for Frito-Lay, Inc.
  • Represents retailers, shopping center developers, financial institutions, hotels, restaurants, performing arts theaters, wineries and other business property owners in ADA litigation and counseling
  • Litigation counsel for Wells Fargo Bank's Corporate Real Estate Group
  • Represented Bank of America's Corporate Real Estate Group in litigation and transactions
  • Represented California State Automobile Association Inter Insurance Bureau in the sale and lease back of its corporate headquarters in the largest real estate transaction in San Francisco in 2008
  • Represents national and regional hotels in Department of Justice and state agency Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") investigations
  • Represents national and regional restaurant systems in ADA and lease litigation


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1978
with distinction

M.A., San Francisco State University, 1975

B.A., Temple University, 1970


American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Real Property and Insurance Law Sections, State Bar of California

Litigation, Real Estate and Insurance Sections, American Bar Association

Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute, Georgetown University Law Center
Member, Advisory Board of Directors

International Council of Shopping Centers
Member and Lecturer

International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate

American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Intern to the Honorable Ira A. Brown, San Francisco Superior Court and extern to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, San Francisco
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating
  • Listed, San Francisco Magazine, Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004-2011
  • Listed, Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer, May 2010

ADA Representation Bio

Marty Orlick’s practice, encompassing more than 30 years, focuses primarily on real estate transactions and real estate litigation, including financial institution, shopping center, retail and commercial litigation, leasing, acquisitions and sales, lease administration for developers and tenants, ADA counseling and litigation, portfolio management, regulation of real property use and development, and eminent domain litigation and counseling. He is involved in all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation including state and federal trials, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution.

Marty's ADA practice includes the representation of hotel owners, restaurants, shopping center developers, wineries, retail and financial institution clients in ADA lawsuits, portfolio audits and counseling. He has defended more than 450 ADA lawsuits and is a frequent author and speaker on ADA issues.

Representative Experience:

  • Financial Institution Clients: Bank of America N.A., N.T. & S.A., JPMorgan Chase, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of the West, Union Bank, City National Corporation, East West Bancorp, Far East National Bank, Fremont Bancorporation, The Mechanics Bank, Pacific Union Bank, Union Bank, Wachovia Bank, N.A., and Washington Mutual, Inc.
  • Hospitality Clients: Homestead Studio Suites, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group LLC, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Motel 6 Operating Partnership, Best Western, Ramada, Vagabond Inn, and ExtendedStay America Hotels; Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. (Rainforest Café), Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden), Vicorp Restaurants, Inc. (Bakers Square), Strategic Restaurants Acquisition Corp. (largest Burger King franchisee), Harman Enterprises (largest KFC franchisee), Campbell Soup Company
  • Retail Clients: Godiva Chocolatier, Limited Too, Inc., Victoria's Secret, Office Depot, Chelsea Property Group, Save-Mart Supermarkets, Best Buy, Adidas America, Inc., Reebok International, Inc., Ecko Direct, LLC, Brown Shoe Company, Inc., Midas International Corporation
  • Other Clients: Pacific Gas & Electric Co., City and County of San Francisco, YMCA, and California State Automobile Association
  • Advise clients in Department of Justice Investigations including negotiating voluntary compliance Agreements and Consent Decrees. 
  • Has performed system-wide ADA audits for JPMorgan Chase, N.A., City National Corporation, and ExtendedStay America Hotels. 
  • Represented the City and County of San Francisco's Union Square in ADA litigation.
  • Advised on “cyber-accessibility” for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., JPMorgan Chase, N.A., regarding issues that cover ATM and website accessibility for visual and hearing-impaired customers. 
  • Advised ExtendedStay America Hotels regarding its on-line reservation system for visual and hearing impaired customers and potential customers.

Reported ADA Decisions

  • White v. GMRI, Inc. dba Red Lobster (2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2059. Apr. 12, 2006.) __ F.Supp.2d. __ 
  • White v. Save Mart Supermarkets (E. D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2005. No. 03-2402) __
    F.Supp.2d __ 
  • Sanford v. GMRI, Inc. (E. D. Cal. Nov. 22, 2005. No. 04-1535) __ F.Supp.2d. __ 
  • Doran v. Corte Madera Inn Best Western (N. D. Cal. Mar. 7, 2005. No. C 03-1192-SI) 360 F.Supp.2d 1057 
    Hollynn D’Lil v. Best Western Encina Lodge & Suites, et al (415 F. Supp. 2d 1048 , 2006)
  • Paulick v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., LLC, Slip Copy, 2011 WL 6141015, N.D.Cal., December 09, 2011 (NO. C 10-04107 CRB, C 10-01115 CRB)
  • Oliver v. GMRI, Inc., Not reported in F.Supp.2d, 2007 WL 4144995, S.D.Cal., November 19, 2007 (NO. 07CV1719-IEGWMC)

ADA Articles

ADA Media Mentions

  • 11/28/11 Daily Journal: Legislation Aims to Help Businesses Avoid ADA Suits
  • 11/16/11 Lawyers USA: Businesses Brace for New ADA Accommodation Rules
  • 11/18/10 Travel Weekly: Hilton Disabilities Settlement Seen as Template for Hotel Res Systems
  • 04/10/09 Daily Journal: A Champion of the Disabled or Overly Litigious?
  • 06/01/08 AAHOA Lodging Business: ADA and Hotel Pools
  • 10/17/05 Hotel & Motel Management: Possible ADA Rule Changes Spur Worry

Speaking Engagements