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Marta A. Alcumbrac

Marta Alcumbrac joined Nemecek & Cole in August 2023.

Marta is a certified specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by the State Bar of California. She has successfully represented lawyers and law firms in numerous legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty cases for over 20 years and also represents attorneys in proceedings before the State Bar. She is a frequent speaker on litigation strategy and ethics issues.


Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense


  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
    Moot Court Honors Program, First Place team in the Irving R. Kaufman National Securities Law Competition
    American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Writing
  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Arizona State University, B.S.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, 2024-2026
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
    President, 2022
    Board Member, 2018
    Bench Bar Committee Chair, 2018-present
  • Co-Founder of Resolve Law LA, 2021
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    Secretary, Litigation Section, 2024-2025
    Program Committee Co-Chair, 2022-present
    Federal Courts Committee Member, 2021-2022
    Adequate State Court Funding and Operations Committee Member, 2021-present
    Litigation Section Executive Committee Member
    Co-Chair Legislation Committee, 2019
  • State Bar of California
    Closing the Justice Gap Working Group, Committee Member 2021-2022
  • California Defense Counsel
    Board Member, 2019 to present
  • Judicial Council
    Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, Committee Member 2022 to present
  • Defense Research Institute - DRI
  • Loyola Law School – Civil Justice Program, Committee Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court – Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Member 10/2023 to present


  • State Bar of California, 1996
    Certified Specialist, Legal Malpractice Law, 2019
  • United States District Court - Central District of California, 1997


  • Excellence in Advocacy Award - Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2023
  • Super Lawyers, 2020-2023
  • Super Lawyers Top Woman Attorneys in Southern California, 2022
  • Rising Stars, 2006

Service to the Community

  • Principal founder and President, Board of Directors, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, 2009
  • Board Member, Los Feliz Improvement Association, 2010-2019

Notable Cases / Published Decisions

  • Jarrow Formulas, Inc. v. LaMarche (2003) 31 Cal.4th 728: Supreme Court ruled in favor of client, holding that the anti-SLAPP statute (Cal. Code Civ. Proc. Section 425.16) applies to malicious prosecution actions

Publications / Speaking Engagements

  • University of San Diego School of Law, 6th Annual Class Action Law Forum - Ethics: The Increasing Role of Technology and AI (Moderated by David McGowan, Professor at University of San Diego School of Law), March 2024
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association MCLE Marathon - Avoiding Legal Malpractice Suits, January 2024
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2023 Las Vegas Conference, Panelist - Trial Skills, September 2023
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association - A New Era of Accountability: Understanding California’s New Mandatory Reporting Role for Attorney Misconduct, June 2023
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association 43rd Labor & Employment Symposium, Panelist - To Be Or Not To Be: Addressing Bias That Affects the Practice of Law, March 2023
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2022 Las Vegas Conference, Panelist - Countdown to Trial, September 2022
  • American Bar Association - National Legal Malpractice Conference, Panelist - Settle and Sue - Does this Popular Strategy Fly or Not? The Latest from the Front Lines, April 2022
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association/Los Angeles County Bar Association, Panelist - Updates on State Bar Authorization of Practice by Paraprofessionals and Non-Attorney Firm Ownership, 2021
  • American Bar Association, National Legal Malpractice Conference, Co-Author: My Client’s Clients: Protecting the Privileges Held by Your Lawyer Client’s Clients, September 2018
  • American Bar Association, National Legal Malpractice Conference, Panelist - Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege, 2018
  • Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company, Panelist - Limited Scope Representation Seminar, 2014