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James William Martens

Criminal defense Attorney at Bismarck, ND

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Jim Martens

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2008
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies & Misdemeanors, DUI/DWI, Drug Crimes, Theft Offenses, Robbery, Breaking & Entering (Burglary), Assault, Terrorizing, Disorderly Conduct, and Game & Fish Violations

  2. Probate
    Testate & Intestate, Formal & Informal Administration, Judicial Determinations of Heirship, Subsequent Administrations (“Re-Opening”) & Ancillary/Domiciliary Foreign

  3. DUI and DWI
    Assist clients charged with DUI/DWI, Actual Physical Control (APC), Refusal of Chemical Testing, and Administrative Action by Department of Transportation

  4. Real estate
    Farm/Ranch, Commercial & Residential, Title Opinions, Deeds, Leases, Landlord-Tenant, and Quiet Title

  5. Oil and gas
    Title Opinions (Drilling, Division Order, Acquisition & Land/Mineral Owner), Title Curative (Probate, Judicial Determinations of Heirship, Stipulations, Conveyances & Quiet Title), Due Diligence, Document Preparation & Analysis, and Leases (Assignments, Stipulations, Deeds & Conveyances)

  6. Business
    Assist clients with general business needs including Development/Formation (Corporations, Partnerships, LLC, LLP, LP, LLLP), Contracts/Agreements, Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions

  7. Estate planning
    Assist clients in preparing and reviewing Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Healthcare Directives (Living Wills, Healthcare POA)

  8. Guardianship
    Assist families in need of establishing guardianships and conservatorships for loved ones who do not have a plan/power of attorney in place

I work hard to get my clients the best possible results and will compassionately and tirelessly work for you. It may not be flashy, but it’s effective. If you want someone who is going to work hard for you and treat you as a person rather than another fee, I'm your guy.

You can learn more about my story and experience by checking out my profile on my firm website -


Martens PLLC
201 Slate Drive, Suite 2
Bismarck, ND, 58503

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Posted by Roger | August 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you need a competent attorney to write up a will, including complicated trusts, James is your man. Highly recommend!
Response from James Martens August 29, 2019
Thank you for the kind words and recommendation. I'm glad you were pleased with the services provided and hope we may be of service to you again in the future.
Posted by Jim | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Felony Assault
Mr. Marten took my case for an aggravated assault charge I had. Mr. Marten did an awesome job reviewing all of the facts and not just the charges against me and was able get the charges reduced to a disorderly conduct. Mr. Marten was very polite and professional the whole time I delt with him and did a excellent job keeping me informed of my options. I would defiantly suggest Mr. Marten to anyone that is in need of a lawyer. Thank you again for your help with my case Mr. Marten
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Posted by Bella | September 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
James handled my husband's probate in North Dakota. I live in New Mexico so it was important that I have someone I could rely on. Each issue that arose was handled in a very timely manner and with very little fuss and furor.He was totally reliable and did an excellent job for me. I highly recommend James for you legal needs.
Posted by Marleen | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
2 wills....
Jim was excellent in handling 2 different legal affairs in ND for me....I would highly recommend his service to anyone who need a GOOD lawyer....Thanks Jim for all you did for me....
Posted by Jesse | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you, James !
When I was introduced to James Martens, I was hoping/praying for the best possible outcom with the criminal charges I had received. This was a very scary time for myself and my family. I was facing a life changing situation. James Martens was considerate and kind to me through the entire process then firm and furious when it came to defending me. Which he did Very well. I ended up with that best possible outcome that I wanted. Thank you Bob for referring Mr James Martens to me... And THANK YOU JAMES for defending me.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Martens PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Burnett & Thomason
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Attorney At Law
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Landman
  • Great Northern Energy
  • 2009 - 2012
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  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Concordia College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Active Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Landman's Association of North Dakota
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Great Plains Rising Stars list
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a great criminal defense lawyer. He works tirelessly to get the best outcome for his clients. His hard work pays off, as he often gets fantastic results. If you or a loved one is in trouble, I strongly recommend hiring Jim to handle the case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm proud to endorse James as a lawyer who is serious about DWI defense. As a member of The National College for DUI Defense, James is committed to DWI defense, and will work hard to help you through this stressful situation. If you've been charged with a Bismarck DWI, call James and ask for help."
Oil and gas Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Jim on several oil and gas title opinions. He is a passionate and hard working attorney who has a broad knowledge of North Dakota law. I highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for a top notch probate, criminal defense or oil and gas attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In addition to being one of the only lawyers I know who can pull off a bow-tie, Jim has a great reputation for going above and beyond for his clients. He is also incredibly personal with his clients and fights zealously for their cause."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on cases with Jim and he is a very competent attorney. He is very detail oriented and thorough. He also takes a great deal of pride in the work he does & truly cares about the people he represents. If I could pick one area, above all others, that would make an attorney successful, it would be that they genuinely cared for their clients. Jim does this & it shows."
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Bismarck Criminal defense Lawyer James William Martens
James William Martens
Criminal defense Attorney
Bismarck, ND
Licensed for 15 years