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Martin R. Tanz

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Constitutional Attorney at Merrill, WI

2.4   5 reviews

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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2003
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State Public Defenders Office
100 S Mill St Ste 104
Merrill, WI, 54452-2558


2.4 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
Posted by Albert | May 20, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gives practical advice, doesn't tell you "what you want to hear"
Oddly, my experience was the opposite of the negative posters here. Maybe I was just lucky? We worked through a complicated matter and, based on his experience with the legal system, he developed a strategy that protected my rights. He's not touchy-feelie, if that's what you want from a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Regardless of Principles
Met Mr. Tanz at initial appearance (2017) spoke momentarily before entering NG plea. Receiving plea offer, & not reviewing evidence nor hearing my side of the story, he advises take the plea "regardless of principle." I'm sorry, but principles matter. His advice although sound, leaves no room to an innocent party, & throws away the not-guilty one. Hearing it over & over, like a drum beat or a dripping faucet, is wearing. It's fear mongering, if not duress. Hired a criminal attorney in 2008, and that attorney is now a judge. Never pressured so much. If Mr. Tanz took time (initially) to hear my side, before offering his advise, I don't believe we've parted ways. He's a SHARP attorney, just a little rough around the edges. If you can disregard his advise prior to him having most facts, he's the guy to have in your corner. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Just a sloppy man and an even worse attorney!
If I could give him zero Stars I would give him zero stars because he is so unprofessional it is unbelievable! Like other reviewers he is very unprofessional in his demeanor he is very unprofessional in his attire and he is very unprofessional in his appearance and he is very unprofessional and rude to the people that he is representing. All this guy wants to do is take plea deals that's it! He does not want to hear your side of the case I highly doubt that he even reads your file. And he definitely does not want any of your input! This man is a charlatan and should not be allowed to practice law! He represented me during a disorderly conduct case as a public defender and I had to fire him because of his inept incompetence! While he had evidence in his hand he refused to show me the evidence before my court date until the day of the court date less than 1 hour from my court date! I am filing a formal complaint against him through the public defender's office as of today because he should not be allowed to practice law because he just simply does not care about anybody or even himself and you will see that when you meet him for your initial meeting with him you will see a sloppy unprofessional man. Do not use this man unless you want to make a plea deal and waste your money. Zero Stars given he is useless!
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Posted by Carl | February 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Joke
Was my attorney for a case in which I was never questioned about, that also involved a co-defendant. Was in possession of discovery content and witness list.. intricate case details and an apparent plea I was never presented with. Not that I would have taken it anyway. Scheduled my case for trial during Covid, only for me to meet him prior to court and the guy didn’t even have my file with him at 8:15 AM. Very rude… does not use words to paint pictures, instead uses them to make people adhere. African American Defendants he feels are of ‘lesser quality.’ Told me in the entrance to Judge Wagners Court: “You Sit.” A innocent persons worst nightmare if deemed indigent, and faced with the horrible reality of having to proceed to trial with his representation. Unkempt, makes excuses, never on time, and always unprepared. As people… I don’t care what side of the table we’re on! If I can’t say hey… that person right there in this courtroom values people! Then what are we doing??? Every relationship in the courtroom is about people valuing people… And he doesn’t value people!! Not even himself.
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Posted by corey | September 25, 2014
mr Tanz is not trustworthy
In 2004, i was found guilty of felony in procession of firearm, i feel it was unfair because there were no firearm found on my person nor were there any firearm recovered at crime sence or enter into evident martin tanz encourage me to take pleas my i.q level was to low to comprehend and i was railroaded he deny me effective assistance of conusel.
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  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2003

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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Martin R. Tanz
Constitutional Attorney
Merrill, WI
Licensed for 21 years