Following her graduation from the Yale Law School in 1973, Martha joined Reed Smith, one of only three women attorneys in the firm in the early 1970's. After a two year stay at Reed Smith, she joined the full time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1976, where she was the first (and only) woman on the full time faculty at the Pitt Law School at that time. After serving two and one half years as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, Martha returned to Reed Smith in 1978 as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Group. Martha became a partner of Reed Smith in 1983, the first woman elected to partnership in Reed Smith's Pittsburgh office.
In her law practice, Martha assumes responsibility for major client matters and accounts. She concentrates her practice on employment law matters of all kinds, with a particular concentration on representation of higher education and other nonprofit clients as well as a diverse group of traditional business clients. She is a litigator and trial lawyer, having litigated hundreds of cases at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Below is a summary of cases handled by Martha that went to trial as well as a sampling of other cases in which Martha served as lead counsel which were successfully disposed of before trial by means of summary judgment or motion to dismiss.
Martha has been a featured speaker on a variety of topics (including sexual harassment, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workplace harassment, affirmative action, tenure, pregnancy-related issues, wrongful discharge, defamation, and comparable worth) at numerous programs sponsored by professional and business organizations.