Martina Garretti is a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Her firm’s cutthroat landscape is challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark, takes note of Martina’s ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega. With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie, Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment.
Martina Garretti makes a strong impression upon her boss, Donovan Stark, after speaking out during a company meeting. In turn, she is given a chair on a new murder case involving the brutal murder of a college professor. Back at home, Martina has problems of a different nature, such as her niece's quest for a new tattoo, that are somehow just as dramatic as her day job.
While going through "jail mail," Martina finds a letter from a client who was institutionalized after pleading insanity for manslaughter, and is now lucid and claims innocence. Meanwhile, Bonnie introduces her new boyfriend to the family.
Martina and Nolan represent a wealthy woman acting as a surrogate for her comatose sister, but after learning the facts of the case, Martina begins to suspect the husband may be up to no good. Meanwhile, Martina uses her legal skills to negotiate a deal with her sister who is wrongfully accusing the neighbors of knocking down a tree in their backyard.
Donovan and Nolan ask Martina to help land a client for the firm, a former high school quarterback, who lost out on a pro football career due to injuries ignored by his coaches. Meanwhile, a problem in the accounting department at Stark & Rowan causes a delay in Martina's first paycheck.
Martina agrees to take on the case of a man whose wife was killed in a jewelry store heist gone awry. Also, Martina must teach her nephew a valuable lesson when he is caught stealing.
Martina represents a successful nightclub owner accused of murdering his friend and business partner, while Darlene causes friction at Stark & Rowan when she reveals a big secret to Riley.
Martina represents a couple whose 18-year-old daughter never returned home from rehab in order to join a cult, even as she confronts Tommy about spreading rumors about how she landed her job with Stark & Rowan.
Martina is called to the stand when a remark she made to her client resulted in him assaulting the CEO of a chemical plant. Meanwhile, Darlene quits her job and starts becoming more opinionated.