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Martin L. Pierce

Estate planning Attorney at Chattanooga (Hixson), TN

4.5   8 reviews

also known as Martin Pierce, Certified Estate Planning Specialist

  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 41 years
    Tennessee - TN 43 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1982
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Martin

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Martin L. Pierceis a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Tennessee Technological University in 1978.  He received that institution's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1988.  Martin received his law degree, with high honors, from the University of Memphis in 1981, where he was a published member of the University of Memphis Law Review.  He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Martin works primarily in the areas of: (1) Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, Business and Family Succession Planning, Medicaid & VA Planning, Special Needs Trusts (Disability Planning), Miller Trusts, Qualified Income Trusts, Conservatorships, Guardianships and Charitable Planning; (2) Business Entity Law, including Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships, Nonprofits, Tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) Organizations, Contracts, Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements, Leases, Real Estate documents, Foundations, etc.; (3) Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans, Cafeteria Plans, Health Savings Accounts, COBRA and ERISA; and (4) various other Tax law matters.


He is a Certified Estate Planning Specialist through the ABA-accredited National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Specialization (TNSpecialists).  An AV Preeminent rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell, he is also a Mid-South Super Lawyer® in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law, was selected to Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates, and is an AVVO Top-Rated Lawyer.  He is also a member of theNational Academy ofElder Law Attorneys, and he is an Accredited Attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He is an Accredited Estate Planner® by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, a member of the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council (Past President, 2006-07) and the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners (President, 2007-08), and he was a Charter Member of the Chattanooga Planned Giving Council.  He is also a member of the Georgia, Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations. 


Martin is the co-founder of several local nonprofit organizations, including First Things First () and the IMPACT School at Silverdale Baptist Academy.  He has served on the Boards of many nonprofits, including the Chattanooga Christian School, Chattanooga Resource Foundation, the Bryan College President’s Roundtable, Bethel Bible Village, Lighthouse Counseling Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Optimist Club, and Paraclyte Counseling Resources.  He currently serves as a Member of the Boards of Choices (), LifeLine (), and Relevant Hope ().  He has extensive experience in establishing, counseling, operating, representing, teaching about, and speaking about nonprofits and tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) ministries and charities as well as various legal, business and tax aspects concerning them.


Martin is in his 37th year of law practice in Chattanooga, where he began with Stophel, Caldwell & Heggie, P.C., in 1981.  In 1984, he moved to Chambliss & Bahner, PLLC (where he became a Partner in 1987 and was the Head of the Firm’s Tax & Estates and Employee Benefits Sections).  In 2002, Martin joined the national law firm of Husch & Eppenberger, LLC (where he was Head of the Estate Planning and Employee Benefits practice areas for the Firm’s three offices in the State of Tennessee).  On January 1, 2005, Martin opened his own practice to more personally and cost-effectively serve his clients. 


A Member of the Christian Legal Society and a Certified & Charter Member of Kingdom Advisors, Martin and his family attend Harvest Bible Chapel Chattanooga, where he is a Deacon.


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Martin L. Pierce
4513 Hixson Pike
Suite 109
Chattanooga (Hixson), TN, 37415
Pierce Law Firm, PLLC
4513 Hixson Pike
Suite 109
Chattanooga (Hixson), TN, 37343
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Posted by Anna | June 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Flawless Estate Planning & Great Probate Advice
Mr. Pierce and his staff are exceptionally professional, insightful, thorough and kind. He was recommended to me by two different friends in the legal community when my late husband died. Mr. Pierce helped me with a multi-state probate and has drafted all of my estate planning documents. Because I've lived in several states and have had to update estate planning in each state I've experienced the estate planning process on multiple occasions. I found Mr. Pierce to be especially conscientious about ensuring that he understood my wishes and that I fully understood all of my options and the documents.
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Posted by John | May 18, 2017
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Martin Pierce
Mr. Pierce was personable and professional. His experience and standing in the estate planning community led us to seek his guidance with some sensitive family circumstances. In addition, he was accommodative and flexible enough to meet me at my residence. I recommend Mr Pierce with full confidence that he will exceed your expectations.
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Posted by Lisa | May 16, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Knowledgeable Resources
Martin Pierce has worked with families served by our organization for more than ten years. His experience has been invaluable helping families navigate the complicated maze of legal transition through conservatorship/guardianship, as well as special needs trust and estate planning options. I never have to be concerned when I refer families to Martin Pierce for legal assistance. I know that they will be guided through the process with understanding and he will do all he can to facilitate even non-legal connections and supports for the families he serves. Martin Pierce is truly a community partner in serving families affected by disability. He gives back to the community through workshops and training throughout the year, supporting both families and community organizations.
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Posted by Dave | May 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Practical advice with expertise and wisdom
Martin has been our Atty in all our legal and estate matters. He has helped us with thinking through the process and laying out clear strategies to accomplish our goals.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2012
highly recommend
Martin was very nice and he has a great staff -- documents well done and comprehnsive, well explained, and just a pleasure all around gave us options and good advice priced more reasonably than others in area and didn't have to go downtown (parked at the door)
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2011
Knowledgeable and Trustworthy
Mr. Pierce has years of experience and understood exactly what we needed. His expertise and suggestions guided us to a better plan than the one we had envisioned. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009
Great lawyer
Super job on my Will, Trust and power of attorney
Posted by Roger | July 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Terrible and Costly Experience
We went to Martin Pierce for revisions to existing trusts, and to prepare an additional new trust.. We were shocked by the documents that he prepared for us. After two lengthy meetings with him where very clear instructions were given, and were he took copious notes, he repeatedly failed to make requested changes, he failed to include requested provisions, he included ridiculously excessive “boiler plate” provisions, and he completely and repeatedly failed to address the intent of the new trust. It was for educational expenses for our daughter's children, with limitations, but he made it first for all of our grandchildren, with no limitations, and then for all of our grandchildren except our daughter's children.
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Response from Martin Pierce August 3, 2018
Unfortunately, these clients (husband and wife) fought with each other in my office concerning their planning objectives -- cannot please everyone all the time and for some, cannot please them any of the time! As you can see from ALL of my other Reviews -- both from Clients and other attorneys, this is not at all who I am or who my staff and office are about. We look forward to serving you and doing excellent work for you! Martin
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  • Hourly Rates $ 100-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law
  • 2005 - Present
  • Partner
  • Husch Blackwell, LLC
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
  • 1984 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Stophel, Caldwell & Heggie, P.C.
  • 1981 - 1984
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  • Memphis State University/University of Memphis
  • JD - Juris Doctor Very High Honors Law Review
  • 1981
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • B.S. Summa Cum Laude
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Family Business
  • Success!


  • Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Super Lawyer - Estate Planning
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • 1988


  • LifeLine
  • Special Needs Trust, ABLE Accounts, Guardianships & More
  • 2017
  • Hamilton County Government
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law & Probate
  • 2016
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Avoiding Beneficiary Designation Traps
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Hamilton County Employees
  • Basic Estate Planning -- Wills, Trusts, Probate, Elder Law & More
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (5)
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Trusts Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martin was recommended to me as one of the best estates attorney in town. He was kind enough to spend some time with me when I first came to town and is a great resource. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He has been a valuable addition to the team of lawyers in my case."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a rare combination of great knowledge, practical advice and ability to reduce complex legal matters to actionable decision points."
Estate planning Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pierce's resume, certifications, and experience speak volumes. He is a premiere attorney and estate planner, and our community is blessed to have such a knowledgable and compassionate lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Martin Pierce. I have worked with him on several complex matters, and he is one of the most knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled estate planning and elder law attorneys in the region. Mr. Pierce is compassionate and attentive when working with clients. He holds to the highest ethical attorney standards."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Martin is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney who provides high value products and services to his clients at reasonable rates. I have worked with him on several matters in business and estate planning, and consider him an expert in these fields, as well as probate matters. Highly recommended."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a professional business matter, we do not warrant, guarantee, or endorse other attorneys or their work. However, I can attest both professionally and personally to Martin's dedication to understanding client goals, working hard to achieve those goals, and performing quality work in a timely and efficient manner."
Estate planning Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Martin Pierce on both a personal and professional level for the past seven years. He is, in my estimation, one of the most skilled and effective attorneys in the greater Chattanooga area in the field of estate planning and probate. It is not just his legal acumen, but his effectiveness in dealing with clients on a personal level that sets Martin apart. He is, without a doubt, at the top of his game and is one of the finest attorneys in Chattanooga."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Martin and I previously practiced at the same law firm, although in different cities. I currently refer all estate planning matters that come to my attention from the Chattanooga area to Martin."
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