Charles E. (Chuck) Martin is the founder of MartinLaw PLLC.
Chuck was born and raised into a working class family. His father was a plant worker for the power and light company and his mother was a stay at home mom. He lost his mother to cancer when he was 8 years old. This tragedy made Chuck determined to make something of his life and to honor his mother. After attending a Career Night as a junior in high school, and listening to a lawyer’s presentation, Chuck returned home and informed his father that he had decided to become a lawyer. Although his life took a temporary detour as he served as a pilot in the Marines, a decade after making that statement to his father, Chuck was sworn in as an Attorney & Counselor at Law.
Chuck began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney where for four years he honed his skills as a trial lawyer every day in the courtroom. He then started his own law firm and handled cases from many different areas of the law including divorce and criminal law. He soon learned that personal injury trial law was what he loved the most. He has now represented injury clients exclusively for over 30 years. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Washington, Texas and Colorado. As stated, Chuck served as a pilot in the US Marine Corps. He continues to hold a commercial pilot's license with multiengine, instrument, instructor and helicopter ratings.
Chuck has made it his life's work to represent people who have been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another. So many injured people have their claims denied or minimized by an insurance company. To that Chuck says:"my job is to level the playing field and put my clients in the best possible position to defeat the unfair tactics of insurance companies and large corporations”. During his legal career, Chuck has taken on and won against some of the largest corporations in the country including, General Motors, McDonalds, Ford, several large hospital chains, Chrysler, WalMart, Sears, Safeway, SmthKline and others.
Chuck has handled many types of serious injury cases including car accidents involving 18-wheelers, a crushed car roof case causing quadriplegia, wrongful death, severe burns, herniated discs, brain injuries, nursing home negligence, malpractice, bicycle accidents, severe dog mauling and defective products including prescription drugs. He and the firms he has been associated with have been successful in obtaining awards and settlements in the millions of dollars.
His peers have honored Chuck for his career achievements and reputation as he has received the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubble Legal Publications, the prestigious AVPreeminentrating.
Chuck and his wife Suzy, having raised their five children, now enjoy hiking and bicycling the trails, mountains and shores of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Licensed since 1973
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Attorney||MartinLaw PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Attorney||Charles E. Martin PC||1998 - 2008|
|Attorney||Martin, Scott & Miller PC||1985 - 1998|
|Attorney||Charles E. Martin PC||1976 - 1985|
|Assistant District Attorney||Harris County District Attorney's Office||1972 - 1976|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington State Association for Justice||N/A||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Crash of Casino Courtesy Van||Chuck successfully negotiated a $450,000 settlement in less than a year from the date of injury.|
|Family Outing to the Beach||Chuck successfully negotiated a $300,000 settlement in less than a year from the date of injury.|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1973|
|University of Kansas||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1966|
|Naval Justice School||Uniform Code Of Military Justice||Judge Advocate General (JAG)||N/A|
|Auto Insurance and the Law||Adjusting the Insurance Claim||2013|