Christopher R. Martella is a shareholder practicing in the areas of real estate acquisition / disposition, development and financing transactions and data security. Along with a strong background in real estate and data security, Mr. Martella focuses on structured finance and general corporate matters related to business start-up and turn around. Prior to joining Kemp Klein, Mr. Martella worked at a boutique firm that advised mid-market qualified professional asset managers on the acquisition of commercial real estate and alternative investment vehicles. Christopher has extensive experience working with the United States General Services Administration and its real estate service providers. Prior to his boutique practice, Mr. Martella worked in the State of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates for the local office of a multinational law firm. While in the Middle East, Christopher’s practice focused on real estate acquisition and development, cross border mergers and acquisitions and Islamic and traditional finance. In addition to Mr. Martella’s real estate and finance background, he is a leading advisor to many small and medium sized businesses on legal issues related to pre and post electronic data breach mitigation strategies, data security, and National Institute of Standards and Technology and ISO/IEC 27000 data security and management compliance.
Mr. Martella has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Real Estate Law (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC). He is also a 2018 – 2020 Leading Lawyer in the categories of Data Privacy, Real Estate Law: Commercial, and Real Estate Law: Finance.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Martella was a founder and the chief operating officer of Microweb Inc., a mobile phone software company based in Hong Kong which was sold to a Chinese technology company in 2002.
J.D. (Tax and Corporate Law) Michigan State University College of Law, 2006
B.A. (International Relations) James Madison College, MSU, 2001
M.S. (Information Assurance) University of Detroit Mercy, 2015
Bar and Court Admissions:
State Bar of Michigan, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of International Trade
State Bar of Michigan (Member, Real Property & Information Technology Sections; Privacy Law Committee)
American Bar Association
Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures Auxiliary (formerly The Asian and Islamic Art Forum); Board Member 2016 – present; President 2013 – 2016; Vice President and Treasurer 2010–2013
University of Detroit Mercy’s Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies Advisory Board and Steering Committee
Leadership Oakland Class of XXVII
Potential Legislative Solutions to Issues with the Marketable Record Title Act After Public Act 572 of 2018; co-authored with Jason P. Seaver, Michigan Real Property Review, Fall/Winter 2019, Vol. 46, No. 3 & 4
Michigan’s “Main Street Fairness Act” (a/k/a “Amazon Law”); Commentator, Winter 2016
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