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David Christopher Martino

Family Attorney at Annapolis, MD

5.0   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 28 years
    North Carolina - NC 29 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    40%
    I have been practicing all aspects of family law since 1995, including divorce, custody, visitation, child support, and division of marital property.. I am also a trained mediator for child access and marital property division.

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    I have been practicing all aspects of family law since 1995, including divorce, custody, visitation, child support, and division of marital property.. I am also a trained mediator for child access and marital property division.

  3. Administrative law
    10%
    Outside of family law and criminal law, I have participated in litigation in administrative law matters, such as denial of accidental death benefits and business license issues. I have also been in litigation for personal injury

  4. Criminal defense
    10%
    I have represented clients in over a thousand cases at the time of their arrest as a part of Maryland's Appointed Attorney Program. I focus on misdemeanors, motions to modify sentences, and appeals.

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%
    I prepare basic Wills and related documents for my clients.

I am an attorney with over 20 years of experience. If you are going through a difficult time, I can be a stabilizing force to help you get out of your situation. I am diligent and conscientious. I do not grandstand or play upon your fears.  I will be honest with you about your legal matter, and I will be honest when dealing with the court and the opposing side, but I will always advocate for your interests.  In advocating for your interests, keep in mind that a judge will tune out if he or she believes that we are not being reasonable, so it is paramount that we prepare a strategy that has a chance to be successful. In developing a strategy for your case, we will realistically discuss the prospects of your case, even if it means telling you something that you do not want to hear.

I am a member of the following organizations:

Maryland State Bar Association 

Section of Administrative Law

Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution                 

Section of Criminal Law & Practice                            

Section of Family & Juvenile Law                              

Section of Solo & Small Firm Practice

Section of Delivery of Legal Services

American Bar Association

ABA Solo Group

Administrative and Government Law Committee

Family Law Committee

Gaming Law Committee

Anne Arundel County Bar Association    

Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association

Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence

Group Legal Services Association

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Location

Martino Law
133 Defense Highway Ste 202
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Darlene | June 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Dave is an excellent Attorney. He is very knowledgeable. He took the time to explain the process of my divorce. He also allowed me time to heal from this tragic time in my life. He was very understanding and patient. There were times when I didn't think I could get through this but Dave was there with his kind words and his generosity. Thanks to Dave, I was able to get everything I wanted from my divorce and more.
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Posted by Jason | June 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Dave was my lawyer in a modification of child custody and visitation case. From the moment I spoke to him, I felt that I was in good hands. He sprang to action on short notice for an initial hearing and continued to be responsive and communicative throughout the entire journey. His grace and integrity are unparalleled. He helped me maintain perspective, answered all my questions, and informed me of all realistic possibilities. He’s steady, patient and calm – but also, strong and fierce in an understated way. Thanks to Dave, my children know that I will always stand up for them and that they can have faith in the justice system. I highly recommend Dave to anyone dealing with a child custody case and I would hire him again in a heartbeat if the need ever arises again.
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Posted by Phil | January 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Dave was hired after I was forced to fire my previous attorney. Dave kept me informed, was realistic regarding the outcomes, and was an absolute professional. I wish I would have hired Dave to begin with. I am so very grateful for everything.
Posted by Mark | September 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
David Martino has been my family court lawyer from the initiation of my consent order to its conclusion. He is smart, logical, professional, fair, and determined. I was completely satisfied with his work and he was always responsive. In short, I recommend him. He can handle the most difficult cases and opponents. I was lucky to have him as my lawyer.
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Posted by Erin | November 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I highly recommend Martino Law. Dave was responsive and patient with me, as I asked plenty of questions. He guided me through the entire process and made it as stress free as possible. His office staff was also polite and professional, and easy to communicate with.
Posted by Adriana | October 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best
David was the best decision I have ever made. It started with a free consultation over the phone and I knew he was the right man for the job. I had a constructive desertion divorce case with very complex issues and an extremely difficult opponent. David not only helped me keep the focus on what really mattered but he guided me through the process with the utmost compassion and integrity. While we were up against one of those "bulldogs", "5-star lawyer" that could have easily jeopardized my case, David ensured things were being done timely, correctly and objectively. His unmatched attention to details and knowledge of the law completely changed the dialogue with our opponent, bringing us a favorable outcome. My case also involved issues of property overseas to which David ensured proper documentation was produced and addressed in the settlement. I have to say David is a smooth talker, he's not one of those loud and obnoxious lawyers but he's fierce. He will see through a situation, predict the outcome and make sure you're ready and your rights are protected. He reminds me of several characters I read about in the "48 Laws of Power". He will be watching from a distance and make you wonder, then all of the sudden you're asking yourself what did just happen: that's David in action and he did it marvelously. As a side note, he's very responsive, as well.
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Posted by Tim | September 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Martino is an excellent attorney. I highly recommend utilizing him for any and all of your legal needs. He is a very straightforward, no nonsense lawyer who is extremely knowledgeable and at the top of his craft. He answers all of your questions and concerns in a highly professional and timely manner. Mr. Martino takes the time to personally engage and handle all of your legal needs. I cannot express enough how grateful I am that I hired Mr. David Martino
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Posted by Rob | May 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer's lawyer
Dave found a solution for my case and resolved it quickly and at a very low fee. He's well-known as a problem solver and for helping parties reach compromises that satisfy everyone.
Posted by Sheila | March 20, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney
David is the best! I consulted him on a very complex family law matter. It was highly emotional time for me and I was in dire need of advice. After speaking with David, my mind was at ease. He was prompt and provided technically sound advice. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Dan | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and will use him again if ever needed!
David was hired for a child support payment case that involved alot of paperwork and back-and-forth with the other attorneys. He was excellent and always communicated promptly any news or issues.
Posted by George | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
David has been my lawyer for about seven years. He handled my very difficult divorce case with great expertise. He was always there during the ups and downs, with great advice. I have since used him for my other legal matters such as my will. He's the person I look to for my legal advice and direction. I will continue to use him in the future. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Debbie | March 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Dave Martino
At first I was skeptical of this online, pop up into my search, as most of us are.. I had never heard of Avvo, but I thought I would look into it, as it did send my several lawyers to scroll through in my home town of Annapolis. I considered several, but ultimately chose Dave Martino, purely based on 2 reviews, and now that I have completed my work with him, I am happy to add to his list of very positive reviews as He was fantastic! I didn't know what to expect as the cost was extremely fair based on other quotes I had gotten for the same service.. I needed to draft a will and was not comfortable doing it myself,, Boy was I right to choose Dave. He is extremely knowledgeable, highly thorough..very willing to go out of his way to share peripheral knowledge with me in order to explain why I should do certain things in a certain way.. Several times per my request re explaining , so that I understood pros and cons of certain decisions. He was kind, patient, intelligent and most importantly , it bares repeating, very knowledgeable on the subject of estate planning.. I am so very grateful for his help, we met and or talked and or email several times , tweaking things , for no additional charge.. in order to get thing exactly right.. I find myself thinking , I now have a lawyer I can go to, and its quite comforting.. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Dino | March 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family Law
I consulted with Atty. Martino regarding my potential separation from spouse. He was very helpful and informative. Highly recommended!
Posted by Shawn | March 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Grateful for help
David, ( Dave) has given me invaluable legal assistance over the years in dealing with my divorce and custodial issues regarding my daughter. Issues regarding visitation, schooling, child support and childcare are some of the main areas Dave has assisted me over the years. By explaining the issues in a clear, no nonsense and friendly demeanor Dave has often helped me stay out of court battles with my X-wife when not necessary and work toward solutions in the best interest of my daughter and all parties involved. Dave has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I am very grateful for the legal help that Dave has given regarding the most important person to me on the planet, my daughter.
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Posted by Matthew | March 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Integrity
I consulted Mr. Martino a few years back when a car dealership, to whom I had traded a car, wanted a title for the car (after the fact) from a different state. Trying to deal with the DMV in two different states was beyond my ken, but Mr. Martino helped me navigate the maze. From my discussions with him, I can say that he is logical, assured, friendly, and full of integrity.
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Cost

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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Martino Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Codd & Codd
  • 1995 - 2015
  • Clerk
  • State Of Maryland Circuit Court
  • 1994 - 1995

Education

  • The Mediation Center
  • Certificate
  • 2017
  • The Mediation Center
  • Certificate
  • 2016
  • The Mediation Center
  • Certificate
  • 2016
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Wake Forest University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Second Degree Assault
  • PBJ
  • Divorce
  • Judgment of Absolute Divorce
  • Theft $1K to $10K
  • Nolle Prosequi - case dismissed
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Group Legal Services Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2009 - 2016
  • YWCA
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2003 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Annual Pro Bono Recognition
  • Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • 2013
  • Child Counsel Panel
  • Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (24)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Dave Martino as a family lawyer. I worked with him on a heated contested family law case. In part due to his calm demeanor, knowledge and expertise we were able to settle the case favorably for both of our clients and create a win-win scenario. Very easy to deal with in spite of his clear and steady zealous advocacy for his clients. A true professional both as a litigator and a mediator."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is well-known and well-respected by fellow attorneys across the country, and his clients sing his highest praises. David Christopher Martino aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Mr. Martino countless times representing individuals for bail hearings and other criminal matters. He was extremely professional and very knowledgeable about what he was doing. I would highly recommend Mr. Martino if anyone is ever deciding whether or not to hire him."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Christopher Martino is a great lawyer with excellent judgment and legal ability. He is extremely knowledgeable, skillful, and knows the ins-and-outs of the law. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Martino on several occasions. I have found him to be very knowledgeable of criminal law. You will be in good hands if you retain Mr. Martino."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly review Mr. Martino's responses to AVVO questions. He gives considered and accurate legal analysis and I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow family law attorney, I learned about David through our online interactions. He has a wealth of knowledge on the subject of family law, and he utilizes many outstanding, unique and very creative trial strategies. David has an amazing ability to make everyone feel important."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Years ago, I had a case with this attorney, and I found him to be a zealous advocate for his Client, yet he maintained a cordial, professional relationship with our offices as well, I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Martino is a zealous but reasonable advocate for his clients. He is well versed in the law. He appears to really take a personal interest in his clients. He is respectful of opposing counsel and able to work well with counsel and the court system."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Martino is an experienced attorney who is an active participant in the AVVO community. He a very seasoned family law attorney and his clients are lucky to have him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have great respect for Mr. Martino and would personally trust him to handle any matter put before him. Mr. Martino is intelligent, professional, knowledgeable, and someone I am honored to have worked with numerous times in the past."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Martino is someone who has experience helping people get through the toughest time of their life."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Martino has a knowledge and experience in a wide range of legal fields which enables him to provide a unique and complete service to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His professionalism, remarkable knowledge and vast experience place Mr. Martino among the top notch lawyers in his areas of practice. With utmost dedication and quick critical thinking, he has successfully resolved an impressive number of cases over the course of his career. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave is a great lawyer. He is knowledgeable and personal and a client would be in good hands with Dave as their attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working David on several cases over the years. In each case he has exhibited the highest standard of professionalism and advocacy in the area of family law. I would have no hesitation recommending David as an attorney and, in fact, I have referred many cases to him over the years with the knowledge that the client would be very well represented and achieve excellent results."
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