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Carlo J. Martina

Mediation Attorney at Plymouth, MI

4.8   19 reviews
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  • Licensed for 44 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Carlo

Learn Carlo’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    34%

  2. Divorce and separation
    33%
    Former chair State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section (FLS), co-chair, Family Support Committee, chair, Parental Alienation Committee and speaker on numerous topics at FLS seminars including custody & parenting time. Member, Oakland and Livingston County Bar Association, Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (former chair). Author, chapter 1 of “Michigan Family Law”, as well as articles on discovery, domestic violence, and support, among others for the Michigan Family Law Journal.

    45 years

  3. Family
    33%
    Former chair State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section (FLS), co-chair, Family Support Committee, chair, Parental Alienation Committee and speaker on numerous topics at FLS seminars including custody & parenting time. Member, Oakland and Livingston County Bar Association, Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (former chair). Author, chapter 1 of “Michigan Family Law”, as well as articles on discovery, domestic violence, and support, among others for the Michigan Family Law Journal.

    45 years

I BRING OVER 40 YEARS OF FAMILY LAW EXPERIENCE TO THE TABLE FOR EACH AND EVERY CLIENT.

Carlo handles all types of family law matters including typical as well as complex and high-conflict divorces, legal separation and custody disputes.  He represents clients in disputes over, custody, child support, spousal support, parenting time, paternity, high-end asset division, including business and stock option valuation,  pension division, and post judgment issues, including those for modification and/or enforcement of the Court’s Orders, contempt proceedings, enforcement or challenging Pre-Nuptial Agreements and change of domicile.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
2013

Location

Carlo J. Martina
1158 S Main St
Plymouth, MI, 48170

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by Charles | March 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Divorce Lawyer
I worked with Carlo extensively. He was very understanding of my concerns and needs. Sometimes I had to do a lot of work which in the short and long run, came in very handy. Carlo is as thorough as they get. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in a similar need..
Posted by Kathy | October 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best
I hired Carlo for my divorce case. He is extremely knowledgeable and very professional, and not to mention he’s a nice guy. Carlo kept me informed through the entire process, and actually got me get a better than expected outcome! I hired Carlo again for a modification of support (alimony) case. Once again Carlo was exceptional ! I highly recommend that you hire Carlo Martina, he went above and beyond for me. He’s my hero !
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Posted by Maggie | September 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Choose Carlo Martina for your divorce attorney
Divorce is tough, but I knew I was in great hands with Carlo. He has a tremendous amount of experience and really cares for people. That is the best combination when it comes to finding an attorney for divorce. Carlo took the right amount of time to ensure I fully understood the process as well as all the details that need to be part of the divorce process. Based on my goals, he guided me where I should fight more and where it may not be in my best interest financially (even though he would have made more money). I greatly appreciated his integrity and ethical values throughout the entire process. I don't wish divorce for anyone, but if it's inevitable then you will want Carlo on your side.
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Posted by Paul | October 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not just an attorney but an advisor
Carlo was a great not only as an attorney but a compassionate and empathetic human being.
Posted by Julianne | May 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and caring!
I could not have gotten through my divorce and all that is involved without Carlo Martina. He made sure I was taken care of and that I understood everything before it happened. He also made sure I knew all my options so that I could make intelligent decisions and feel in control as much as possible. His level of professionalism and the wonderful support staff was invaluable.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Very caring man
I'm very impressed with Mr. Martina I made a phone consultation with him about a child custody case & he took his time and spoke to me for over a hour and half and answered all my questions I had. He even answered my questions about another case I have with a separate lawyer and gave me great advice because he cared. That's very rare because I've spoke to many lawyers over the years on the phone and they usually are quick to get off the phone with you and leave you more questions then answers but not Mr Martina. highly recommend him and will be using him in the near future.
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Posted by Sergey | November 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney.....Has my full Respect
I hired Carlo to write up an custody agreement with my ex and he did an amazing job. The process took 8 months, but that was dragged out by my ex's attorney. Carlo kept me up dated every step of the way. He is one of the select few attorneys who does not take advantage of his costumers. He has great integrity and I would not think twice about hiring him again.
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Posted by Mark and Kelly | June 10, 2015
One in a Million!
One in a million—this is one of the best phrases we can use to describe Carlo. Carlo advised our family on a contentious custody case involving a matter of first impression—a one-in-a-million case. We came to Carlo based on two separate recommendations, one of which I (Kelly) received from a lawyer at my law firm (I’m also a lawyer, but not practicing in the area of Carlo’s expertise—family law). When we first spoke with Carlo and advised him of the issues we were facing, he was very honest about the very real challenges the case presented. However, he noted that a few years prior, he had handled a case that at the time dealt with new interpretations of the law that made the case rare and difficult to win. In that case, Carlo met with success. In our case, he also met with success! What’s extraordinary about Carlo, and what makes him a one-in-a-million lawyer, is that he possesses the rare combination of deep expertise (he’s one of the top family law attorneys in the country), a sense of pragmatism that makes him very efficient, deep compassion, and street smarts. These last two points, deep compassion and street smarts, turned out to be critical ingredients in our ultimate success. Family law can deal with very happy moments in people’s lives, such as marriage. But, unfortunately, many (if not most) family law issues are not of the happy type; they’re often messy and contentious. Dealing with these issues requires a sensibility that goes beyond expert legal knowledge. Beyond legal expertise, what’s also required is someone who truly understands people relationships and how to work through those to get to the best legal result with the goal of also achieving results that allow for the preservation of ongoing relationships to the greatest extent possible. Not an easy task, and not everyone has that ability. Carlo does; he is a natural. Even though we have several lawyers in our family, unfortunately, it can still be difficult to find an exceptional lawyer in a specialized field who you feel that you can trust on multiple levels—from soundness of advice and client service to effectively managing the cost of legal services. In Carlo, our family found all of this and more. We’re forever grateful for his expert legal knowledge, his diverse skill set, and his deep humanity. All of which helped him to deliver exceptional results for our family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2013
Best of the Best
I had a very complex divorce case that needed careful litigation. It was critical for me to choose a lawyer who was knowledgeable in family law, fair, hardworking and compassionate. I use the nomenclature “Best of the Best” because it captures the essence of what it means to be represented by an attorney who relentlessly works for you and with you to provide optimal results. In your entire professional life, you may come across a handful of people who convey to you a quality of eternal reassurance. They see you as you hope to be seen, are as optimistic about you as you wish you were about yourself, and they communicate their belief in what you have to offer with such sincerity that you can’t help but believe it to be true. Carlo was not only the "calm during the storm", but he consistently reassured me that everything was going to be o.k. He was not only eager to share his professional experience, but he provided the legal advice needed to represent me in a manner that is truly the “best of the best”, bar none! Because of Carlo’s assertiveness, professionalism, knowledge, expertise and experience, I would highly recommend him for anyone who is seeking legal representation!
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Posted by Paul | December 11, 2013
He's the absolute BEST!!
I never wanted, nor did I ever expect to be in a position where I was filing for a divorce, but let's face it, things happen in life. Here's my background for you... I've worked with countless attorney's on a daily basis as part of my business for the last 28 years. Because of that, I know the difference between good legal representation/service and poor service. Carlo was recommended to me by a business lawyer I knew. When I contacted Carlo the first time, I was a wreck, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I was scared that I was going to lose my children, the very thought of being relegated to an every other weekend Dad sickened me. I was more than concerned that the business I'd built up was going to be decimated too. Carlo spoke to me in a manner that was way above and beyond professional. I knew he was the right attorney to hire! He was focused, and able to clarify my priorities. While he listened to my concerns, he was able to provide reassurance that all would be well. He understood how important our children were to me, and he understood the intricacies of my business. Carlo worked tirelessly on my behalf. It didn't matter the time of day or night, or what else was going on. He took me through a brutal and ugly life event with grace and diplomacy. He never once allowed the other side's ploys or tactics to affect what had become "our" strategy. He gave me timely and needed advice. He made sure that to the best of his ability that my children, their well being, and my ability to continue to be a loving and involved Dad was protected. Carlo was not only able to get me 50/50 custody, (which is unheard of when the mom is a full time stay at home mom) but he also was able to protect my ability to provide for our children. Carlo is a true veteran in the court systems. His military background in the intelligence field was also readily apparent in how he approached every aspect of my case. Carlo not only knew the opposing counsel, he also had appeared before the judge previously. Carlo was, and is a lifesaver in many ways. I can't say enough positive things about him, his service, or his results! It's only the very best lawyers that are busy, and that's because they're in high demand. Carlo is without a doubt a true leader in his field, a gentleman and he's not afraid of getting into it with opposing counsel when warranted. I appreciated his ability to anticipate and educate me on what the opposing side would do or try. Carlo was always three to four steps ahead of any situation, he's a true expert! If you're faced with having to go though a divorce, and you want the best for your children, there's only one guy to call... Carlo Martina!
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Posted by Craig | December 11, 2013
Personal recommendation
Carlo handled my case with expertise and personal compassion. I would certainly recommend Carlo to any future clients and in fact I do recommend him on frequent occasions.
Posted by Laurie | December 9, 2013
Expertise and Compassion
Mr. Martina worked intelligently and responsively as we dealt with complex custody safety issues for my children. His efforts resulted in my assurance that my children would receive the care they required due to their special needs. His staff reflected the same high quality of service and compassion as we endured this difficult time in our lives.
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Posted by Michael | December 7, 2013
Intelligent, cunning, did an incredible job
Carlo is a great lawyer. He's thorough, uncovers facts that have the ability to sway the case, and doesn't relent until a fair verdict is reached. He locked in the child support so that it can never go up and he won 50/50 custody, which is basically unheard of in Wayne County. I hope I never need Carlo's services again, but if I do or if I find someone who does, I'd definitely go with Mr. Martina.
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Posted by Karen | December 7, 2013
Helpful and Compassionate Attorney
In 1996 I went through one of the most difficult times in my life. A divorce was not what I had wanted for my family and it was a very emotional and sad experience. Carlo was willing to listen to my questions and took the time to help me understand the process. He never rushed me and he did not make me feel like a number. I am very grateful for his compassion and expertise.
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Posted by J.P. | November 4, 2012
Carlo Martina -Exceptional Family Attorney
Carlo Martina is an exceptional family attorney. Throughout my case, Carlo was dedicated, detail- oriented, professional and empathetic. When you are going through divorce, you need someone who is very experienced at family law as well as someone who knows the system and how it works. Carlo is this person. Carlo is extremely well-respected in the family law community because he is honest, hardworking and will work for you and your children' s best interests. Carlo gives his clients realistic assessments of their situations and helps them to resolve divorce issues in the best way possible.
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Posted by Tami | October 22, 2012
The best of the best
Carlo Martina is not only the best of attorneys, but the best of male professionals. He was nothing short of kind, giving, and sophisticated in his actions throughout our time together. His drive, determination, and confidence kept me going when I was ready to give up. I will forever be grateful for his hard work and support.
Posted by Al | October 15, 2012
Caring and Competent
When I was in need of a divorce attorney a close friend of mine, who is a successful business attorney, without hesitation recommended Carlo Martina. I'm glad he did. From our first meeting, Carlo patiently listened and asked questions to make sure he understood exactly what was important to me. He then went over all of my options and based upon his years of experience explained the best course of action. He gave me clarity when I had none. He was accessible by phone, e-mail and in-person making communication a priority. His support staff was understanding and re-assuring and it was apparent they were confident in Carlo's ability as well. Carlo fought hard on my behalf and never backed down. He carried me through a very difficult time. He knows the system, the law and the chose the best course of action to achieve my desired goals. I am very happy with the results. You've made the decision to find the best attorney possible to represent you in your divorce. Be comfortable knowing Carlo will be your champion and advocate to the best possible resolution so you can move forward with your life.
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Posted by ART | October 15, 2012
Carlos Review
Mr Martina did my recent divorce and I could not have been more pleased. He was available when needed, sympathetic to the emotional issues and extremely professional. He guided me through the entire process with a calm professional demeanor which made me feel confident that I had hired the right man. His office staff was helpful and very professional but also made me feel that I was well taken care of and that they had a genuine concern for my situation. I have recommended Mr. Martina to other friends and associates. Mr. Martina was also very prompt and considerate of my time. He was punctual and kept his appointments faithfully. My final settlement was excellent due to Carlos persistance and professional knowledge and skills. I could not recommend him more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2011
Head for the hills
I hired this attorney to file for divorce. Three different times he sent me the paperwork to review and 3 different times, it had misinformation, incomplete sentences, other errors, etc. When I finally insisted on speaking to him, he informed me that he should not have taken my case on and fired himself. He said that he was short staffed. I had just hired him days before that. He clearly would have known when I hired him that he shouldn't have taken my case. After going thru such a stressful time as it is with going thru divorce, I was horrified.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Carlo J. Martina PC
  • 1979 - Present

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Associations

  • Family Law Council Executive Board
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Family Law Council Executive Board
  • Chair Elect
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Family Law Council Executive Board
  • Treasurer
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Family Law Council Executive Board
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Wayne County Family Law Bar Association
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Michigan State Bar Family Law Council
  • Chairman/Executive Board Member
  • 2003 - 2009
  • WCFLBA Strategic Planning Committee
  • Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Family Law Council Executive Board
  • Recording Secretary
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Oakland County Family Law Task Force
  • Appointed Member
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Purple Rose Award/Lifetime Achievement
  • ACCESS Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Michigan Family Law, Chapter One
  • 2011
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • Re-Thinking the Current Adjudication Guidelines
  • 2009
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • Holidays Through the Eyes of a Child
  • 2009
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • 3. Compromise and Moderation in a Time of Financial Insecurity
  • 2009
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • Parental Alienation is a Lot Like Obscenity: It’s Hard To Define, But You Know It When You See It
  • 2009
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • 6. Use Of Ex Parte Orders In Family Law Proceedings
  • 2008
  • Michigan Family Law Journal
  • 5. Overview of Child Support Formula Manual Revisions, effective Oct. 1, 2008
  • 2008
  • Referee’s Quarterly
  • Observations Of A Family Law Practitioner
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pro Bono Domestic Violence Attorney Training
  • Pre Trial and Trial Practice
  • 2010
  • Family Division, Referee’s Seminar
  • Observations Of A Family Law Practitioner
  • 2006
  • Detroit Metropolitan Council of Churches
  • Domestic Violence
  • 1999
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Custody & Parenting TIme, Evidence, Support, PPO's, and numerous others
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Carlo
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Carlo Martina for eight years, and I truly could not have asked for a better mentor. His many years of family law practice have taught him to expertly balance zealous advocacy for his clients and the ability to work cooperatively with other lawyers. The respect he has earned from fellow attorneys, judges, and former clients is truly unmatched. I would recommend Carlo to a friend or family member without a moment's hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Carlo for nearly my entire legal career. At various times he has been my opposing counsel, mediator, mentor, and even a client. He is without a doubt a lawyer's lawyer, a consummate professional. He combines his keen intellect with his thorough knowledge of the law to get the best possible result for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carlo has many years of experience in all matters of Family Law. He is a consummate professional and a strong advocate for his clients. He also utilizes Collaborative proceedings and mediation in some cases to achieve results for his clients at much lower cost than litigation. I have referred clients to him in the past and will continue to do so.."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Carlo is a knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate attorney and family law mediator."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Martina is an exceptional attorney. Although I have been practicing law for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney, I learn from his responses on Avvo every time that he posts. If I needed an attorney, I would hire him. I recommend him with no reservation. It would be the best investment of your life to hire him to represent you."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carlo is a very experienced, caring and helpful attorney. He provides helpful insight while mediating and also strongly advocates for his client's rights while litigating."
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