Business Law and Intellectual Property Law
Biography of April R. Martindale, M.B.A., J.D., Esquire
April R. Martindale is the Owner/Managing Partner of Martindale Law, a law practice located in Broward County, Florida where she focuses on Intellectual Property, Business Law, Non-profit Entity Formation, Contract, and Entertainment Law. April is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Ms. Martindale earned her Bachelors’ degree from Florida Metropolitan University, where she graduated magna cum laude in Paralegal Studies. In recognition for her efforts, April was on the Dean’s List or President’s List every semester throughout college.
April earned a MBA in Management from Strayer University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and was inducted into Golden Key International Honor Society, and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society in a period of 11 months.
April subsequently earned her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, where she was chosen by her peers and professors as the Valedictorian for the December 2015 graduating class. Throughout law school, April served as treasurer for the Evening Law Student Association and participated in educating 1L’s and 2L’s about the pitfalls to avoid in law school and the tools necessary to succeed.
April is a current member of the Florida Bar, Broward County Bar Association, Executive Board member of Gwen S. Cherry Bar Association, Executive Council member of the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Inclusion, Mentoring & Fellowship Committee (IMF), Florida Bar Intellectual Property BLS Committee, IP Law Association of Florida (IPLAF), Florida Association of Women Lawyers and ASCAP-American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
In addition to practicing law, April is also a co-founder and managing member and director of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, New York Wins, Incorporated, headquartered in the city where she was born and raised. New York Wins, Inc. is designed to provide charitable and educational resources that train the mindset of the younger generation to engage with purpose, organize with passion, and contribute to the well-being of their communities, while learning the prerequisites of becoming socially responsible and progressive citizens.
April is also a committee member of the Mom’s in Law School program under the Children’s First Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization located in South Florida. The Moms in Law School program will provide scholarships to single moms in Florida law schools to help pay for tuition, books, living expenses, and childcare as they improve their lifestyle to benefit their children. Ms. Martindale went through law school as a single divorced mother of three amazing children and came out shining more than ever with her passion and determination. She became involved in the organization with the goal of inspiring and encouraging other similarly situated single mothers.
In March 2018, Ms. Martindale appeared as a guest lecturer at Georgia State University's Alpharetta Campus where she taught students about the intersection of law and mental health. She strives to educate the youth and society on the issues affecting the world and what steps we as individuals and businesses can take to promote positive and effective change.
In August 2018, April participated as a panel speaker alongside the Honorable Judge Robert Diaz at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law introduction to legal Professionalism and Ethics Program (PEP) where she gave practical advice and words of wisdom to incoming law students about the concepts of professionalism and professional identity; focusing on the need for law students and lawyers to go beyond merely following the rules.
In October 2018, April was a featured guest motivational speaker at the Leaders Recognizing Leaders Conference in Fort Lauderdale where she challenged youth and young adults aged 15-25 years on how to be leaders and young diplomats to reshape their mindsets for community service, educational development, and global communication in local, national, and international communities.
In March 2019 Ms. Martindale returned to Georgia State University to lecture at the Perimeter campus where she taught students about the history of mental illness, its effects and the intersection of law and the criminal justice system.
April has lectured at her alma mater, NSU Law, three years in a row (April 2019, 2020, and 2021) about the challenges of overcoming adversity and obstacles to become an owner and managing partner of her own firm, Martindale Law. Ms. Martindale has since received positive feedback from students who advised that her story of courage and determination inspired them to not give up regardless of how many obstacles they may face.
In November 2020, Ms. Martindale was a guest speaker with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nikki Fried, Esq. at the “Fireside Chat: Women in the Legal Profession” through the Florida Bar Health Law Section where she discussed the disparities that exist in the legal profession and how these issues affect lawyers in the workplace and their professional lives and solutions to overcome these challenges.
Thereafter, on February 12, 2021, Ms. Martindale was a panelist for the Florida Bar Business Law Section on “How to Sustain and Grow a Solo and Small Firm Practice with the Use of Technology; and in February 24, 2021, Ms. Martindale was challenged with spearheading and moderating a panel before the Florida Bar Business Law Section titled: “Racism in the Workplace” where she discussed the effects of systemic racism and the consequences of microaggressions as well as possible solutions to remedy the effects of same. On February 27th, three days later, Ms. Martindale lectured at the Rainmakers Academy hosted by GSCBWLA.
Most recently, Ms. Martindale lectured before the JMI Non-Profit Executive class under the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship-FSU College of Business in April 2021, on the importance of protecting intellectual assets. She went from student to teacher in a manner of four months after graduating from the JMI-Small Business Executive Program in December 2020.
April was appointed as a Historian to the Executive Board of Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association for 2020-2021; and subsequently elected as President-Elect for 2021-2022. Ms. Martindale was selected as a fellow into the Florida Bar Business Section Fellowship Program for the 2020-2022 class and Ms. Martindale was also selected for the Florida Bar Leadership Academy Class IX for 2021-2022.
In December 2020, Ms. Martindale was chosen as the President of the PNA After-hours group, by Mayor of Coral Springs, Scott J. Brook, Esq., the co-founder & President of Premier Networking Alliance, an organization dedicated to serve the communities we live and work in through philanthropy and to help build businesses in Broward County and South Florida with referrals and leads.
April finds a way to actively balance single parenthood, educational commitments, professional obligations, and personal responsibilities and commitments. April lives in Coral Springs and is a mother of three phenomenal children and bunny-rabbit, Cotton.