Martin T. Tully



Martin is a nationally recognized attorney with over three decades of experience representing companies and individuals in complex and high-stakes commercial litigation.  His extensive focus and knowledge concerning eDiscovery, information governance, and data privacy and cybersecurity have established him as a force in the information law space.  Martin uses this background to counsel clients on best practices for efficient and effective legal, technology, and business solutions.  He is skilled at navigating the space between the law and technology and strategically leverages this knowledge to support and achieve his clients’ goals.

Martin is an information law thought leader and has written and presented extensively on a variety of eDiscovery, information governance, data privacy, cybersecurity, and legal technology topics.  Among others, he is a co-author of the chapter “Electronic Discovery in Civil Litigation” in the American Bar Association Guide for In-House Counsel: Practical Resource to Cutting Edge Issues and was a drafting team member for The Sedona Principles, Third Edition: Best Practices, Recommendations & Principles for Addressing Electronic Document Production.  Chambers USA has also recognized Martin as a top lawyer in the field of E-Discovery & Information Governance for multiple years in a row.  

Some of Martin’s recent work experience in the information law space includes:

  • Advising clients regarding the applicability of, compliance with, and best practices regarding requirements of data privacy and security laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation, and related privacy regulations
  • Representing clients in investigating, responding to, and remediating various data breach and data security incidents
  • Managing corporate vulnerability assessments and developing updates and enhancements to data security policies and procedures, including implementing new policies surrounding data classification
  • Advising clients on the drafting and negotiation of data processing addenda, standard contractual clauses, and data transfer agreements

As a veteran trial lawyer, Martin has represented clients in litigation spanning a broad range of fields and industries, which include the following representative matters:

  • Representing national aftermarket turnkey provider of power plant repair and manufacturing solutions in defense of claims for indemnification and insurance coverage stemming from a catastrophic turbine failure
  • Representing a visitor lifecycle management company in defense of claims asserted by a putative class for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
  • Representing a receivables management company in securing a $1.5 million judgment against its former president for misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Representing the majority members of a limited liability company in defense of claims asserted by the minority member for dissociation, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory violations, and fraud
  • Representing a national retailer in multiple data breach class action lawsuits pending in Illinois courts prior to their consolidation in Minnesota by the Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation; serving as co-lead counsel at early hearings concerning motions for entry of preservation orders, transfer and consolidation, and for class certification, among others
  • Representing a children’s hospital in an alleged wage-fixing antitrust class action brought by registered nurses against the hospital and four other Chicago-area healthcare providers; led the defense team that defeated class certification
  • Representing an international insurance broker in defending breach of duty and negligence claims by an insured regarding the placement of insurance coverage for $80 million in damages caused by an explosion at a Florida pulp and paper plant; obtained summary judgment in favor of client on all claims
  • Representing a French market research company in defending charges of fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, false advertising, and breach of contract, and a claim for damages in excess of $75 million; second-chaired a four-week jury trial in that resulted in a complete defense verdict, which was featured in The National Law Journal’s “Defense Verdicts of the Year, Part II”

Prior to joining Redgrave LLP, Martin was a founding partner at Actuate Law LLC.  His previous experience also includes roles at Akerman LLP, where he served as the co-chair of the Data Law Practice; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.


Martin currently serves as the chair of the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1).  He is an active member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG11), the 7th Circuit Council on E-Discovery and Digital Data, the ABA Section of Litigation, Privacy, and Data Security Committee, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), as well as a director-at-large of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Professionals (ACEDS) and a member of the EDRM Global Advisory Council.  Martin also is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Du Page County Bar Association.  Outside of his professional roles, Martin has demonstrated his commitment to community involvement and public service by serving as the Mayor of his hometown, Downers Grove, Illinois, from 2011 to 2019.


Martin received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, cum laude and Order of the Coif, and his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is admitted to practice in Illinois.