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Martin T. Lutz

Firm: Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Country: USA - Texas

Practice Area: International

  • 401 Congress Avenue Suite 2200
Martin advises a wide range of US and foreign clients on international legal matters. He has advised numerous companies on the Fortune Global 500 list, foreign governments, universities, private equity funds, international charities, and technology companies and manufacturers of all sizes. He also advises US and foreign high-net-worth individuals and family-owned companies with business operations, assets, and heirs moving across borders.

Martin practiced international law for 17 years with AmLaw 100 firms in Washington, DC before moving his international practice to Austin in 2006.


International Sales & Investments: Joint ventures, international distribution agreements, infrastructure investments, establishment and transfer of foreign subsidiaries and offshore vehicles, cross-border franchises, multinational licensing, application of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, risk-mitigation techniques, contracts with foreign state-owned companies

Regulation of Trade & Cross-Border Transactions: Anti-Bribery/FCPA counseling, export and sanctions compliance, supply-chain integrity, and formulation and implementation of international compliance programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives

International Private Client: In-bound investments for foreign family offices and family-owned businesses, structuring of family-owned companies and holdings across multiple jurisdictions

Public International Law and International Disputes: Investment disputes, sovereign immunity, state-to-state obligations and enforcement, treaty interpretation, cross-border litigation strategy


Admitted to Texas and Washington, DC Bar, 1989.
Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., with Honors, 1984). University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with Honors, 1989).


- Past Secretary, Treasurer, and Council Member, International Law Section, State Bar of Texas
- Chairman, International Law Section, Austin Bar Association (2006-2013)
- Chairman, Advisory Committee on Specialization in International Law in Texas
- Director, Austin Bar Association (2006-2013)
- Member, ABA International Private Client Services Committee
- Member, International Bar Assn, and International Law Sections of Texas and Austin Bar Assns
- Editor-in-Chief, Texas International Law Journal 1988-1989
- Law School: Dean’s Achievement Award, TQ Best Brief Award, Legal Research Board
- Past appointments as Secretary and Treasurer of the International Law Section, State Bar of Texas
- Chairman, Advisory Committee on Specialization in International Law
- Member, Governing Council, International Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2009-2011
- Chairman, International Law Section, Austin Bar Association
- Member, Board of Directors, Austin Bar Association
- Admitted to practice: District of Columbia (inactive) and Texas


- Guest lecturer, University of Texas, Law and Business Schools, 2011-2016
- Presentation, Considerations of Legal Ethics When Advising Clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices  Act, Austin Bar Association, April 2016
- Presentation, Nuts & Bolts of International Law: Drafting Enforceable International Contracts, State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, March 2013
- Presentation, Legal Ethics, Training, and Specialization in International Law, Dallas Bar Association, April 2012
- Presentation, Standards of Practice in Advising Clients on International Law, Fort Worth Bar Association, May 2011
- Presentation, Ethical Pitfalls in International Practice, State Bar of Texas International Law Section Annual Institute, February 2011
- Presentation, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, Fort Worth Bar Association, November 2010
- Presentation, Moderator, The New UK Bribery Act and Other Developments in UK and EU Law Affecting Trans-Atlantic Investments, Austin Bar Association, October 2010
- Presentation, Emerging Issues in International Law; Dealing with International Kidnapping Risk, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2010
- Presentation, Drafting Key Provisions of International Commercial Contracts, Fort Worth Bar Association, May 2010
- Presentation, Comparing Contract Law in Common Law and Civil Law Jurisdictions, Austin Bar Association, April 2010
- Presentation, The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: The International Lawyer’s Ethical Obligation to Understand It’s Importance and Application, Austin Bar Association, March 2010
- Presentation, Ethical Issues and Pitfalls for International Law Practitioners, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, June 2009.
- Presentation, Enforcement of International Contracts, Tarrant County Bar Association, Fort Worth, Texas, June 2009.
- Moderator, Emerging Issues in Investments Abroad, Foreign Joint Ventures, and M&A, State Bar of Texas, International Law Section Annual Institute, March 2009
- Moderator, Developments in China’s Legal Regime for Trade and Investment, Austin Bar Association, March 2009
- Presentation, Legal Ethics in International Practice, Austin Bar Association, December 2008
- Presentation, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Developments and Compliance Tips, Austin Bar Association, October 2008
- Presentation, International Contracting: Overview of Principles and Techniques, Austin Bar Association, September 2007
- Author, Using Bilateral Investment Treaties to Mitigate Investment Risk in Africa, The Africa Journal, October 2006
- Presentation and Author, The Lawyer’s Role in Mitigating CSR Risk, 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, published in the 2005 Annual Proceedings of the Society)
- Television interview, Recent Developments in U.S. Export Control Policy and Regulation, South Korean state television, April 2005
- Presentation, Survey of Legal Issues Arising in Connection with Political Instability in Latin America, 2002 BP Conference of Latin American Counsel
- Author, 2000 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Refining Sector
- Author, 1999 Investment Guide to Azerbaijan: The Evolving Natural Gas Sector

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