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Martin Niven Walker

Real estate Attorney at Lake Forest, IL

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Walker Law Midwest, @walker_midwest

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 18 years
    Texas - TX 3 years
    Wisconsin - WI 8 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2020
    Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative Suspension No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2015
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Martin

Learn Martin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    When dealing with real estate issues, including real estate transactions and landlord-tenant disputes, you need an experienced and skilled lawyer by your side protecting your rights. Call now to review your real estate issues.

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Contracts for services, payments, small claims. 17 years of experience and 500+ cases.

  3. Criminal defense
    Facing criminal charges can be a frightening experience, especially when you are looking at possible jail time. If you have been accused of criminal conduct, it is more important than ever to have an experienced lawyer in your corner.

  4. Federal regulation
    Counsel to the Waukegan Housing Authority

    3 years

  5. Estate planning

Astute, creative, and zealous founder of Walker Law Firm, LLC, private attorney, community leader, counselor and adviser to many successful small business owners, with a proven trial record in Criminal law, Civil law, and Department of Human Rights claims.  Appointed member of Waukegan Public Schools Ethics Commission, legal counselor for the National Association of Negro Musicians, and former Conflict Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County. 


The Walker Law Firm, LLC
100 Saunders Rd.
Lake Forest, IL, 60045

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5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Jay | March 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Attorney Walker’s due diligence and professionalism allowed me to achieve a positive outcome to my legal situation. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel.
Posted by Michael | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work
Martin Walker’s professionalism and prompt responses are unmatched. We knew we were in great hands the whole time. Will definitely hire Martin again.
Posted by Julio | March 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
The Walker Law Firm was Amazing I was able to close on a house on 30 Days answered all my questions Martin was great had all my concerns addressed and was super professional!!! Always replying and on the phone when I needed hun highly recommend
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Martin Walker is a great attorney. He is very attentive and a great listen. He never once made me feel ignored. He does a job of explaining terminology that the common person wouldn’t understand, unless your an attorney. Martin takes pride in his work. I always refer him to all my friends and family for their legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense
He took my case personally. He seemed to care more on helping me then the actual money. I admire him for that, it's hard to find lawyers like that now a days. Very patient, very kind, very professional and although I was only a teenager..He treated me like a full adult. I strongly recommend him to anyone. Amazing human being!
Posted by NelsonNation | December 12, 2013
In great hands!
We hired Attorney Walker when buying our first home. The process itself was extremely painstaking and at times overwhelming. Having Attorney Walker on our team of expert advisors helped ease some of the stress. He was always available to review legal documents, address our questions and concerns regarding offers, helped us understand our contact and registered our paperwork. He attended closing and thoroughly reviewed all paperwork as he walked us step by step on everything we had to sign. Our realtor told us we had one of the most seamless closings she had ever done! Attorney Walker also had some great connections with key contacts and personnel in our area, which was also fully evident in his rapport with the seller's lawyer. We were very pleased with our experience and will hire him again for any future legal counsel or needs!
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2013
Great Lawyer!!
I am truly grateful for this lawyer. I received great legal advice for my son, considering I had never experienced anything like this before. Martin was very patient and honest and did a great job defending my son. He was organized, very detail and office staff were very friendly. This whole ordeal was very difficult for me, but he was there every step of the way. He actually cared, and that goes a long way.
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Posted by Cj | December 3, 2013
Best Lawyer Ever!
I want to first start off by saying the communication with Martin Walker was fantastic from the moment I called him. I was in a state of panic when I had found out I needed a lawyer Mr. Walker was the best attorney I had spoken to. He was empathetic and knowledge about the situation I was in. He was gracious enough to work with everything from the finances to preparation of my case. Although there was no Guarantee of any outcome he was her informative on what the possibilities where and what I needed to do to avoid those. After all was said and done he was able to keep my from a harsh punishment and keep my family , and personal life in tact. I by no means hope I never need to use him again but be assured that if I did ever need a lawyer he is the first person I am calling. I highly recommend Martin Walker to anybody facing any kind of criminal charges. BEST LAWYER EVER!
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Posted by Patricia | April 17, 2013
We hired Atty Walker to represent a criminal domestic abuse charge
Ultimately the case was dismissed and records expunged even though the prosecutor and the complainant provided multiple roadblocks and delays. I was grateful for Attorney Walkers legal knowledge, his skilled analysis of changing events, his reasoned recommendations and his ability to communicate technical legal matters in easily understandable ways. I was also impressed with his skill in dealing with the States Attorney and different judges that we were before during the duration of the case. I had reviewed 3 other attorney's before selecting Attorney Walker. I was impressed with his easy and respectful manner at our first meeting. He made one comfortable at a very difficult time and although he made no promises of the outcome and he was very clear in asking what our expectations were and explaining what he could and would do to meet those expectations.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2010
Great legal experience
Martin Walker is thorough and personable. He addressed my concerns and explained my options. He kept me abreast of what was going on during the entire process. I walked away feeling like a person, not a case. He was very helpful!
Posted by Innocent | August 24, 2010
Criminal Case and Expungement
I used this attorney in a situation where I needed to keep things discreet. There aren't many attorneys where I live, but he handled it like he was used to coming to court here, kept me informed, got my case dropped and expunged the arrest (though the police were trying to be tricky)! Can't ask for more than that.
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2010
Excellent Attorney
Martin Walker is knowledgeable and experienced in real estate, criminal defense as well as contracts/agreements. He has handled two real estate transactions for us, with consistent professionalism and by patiently explains legal terms in a manner that is easy to understand.
Posted by Fred | April 19, 2010
Great Attorney
Mr. Walker is an outstanding attorney. He has represented me in real estate, business and personal matters. Unlike many attorneys he has a broad understanding of the law across many types of issues. He has been involved in complicated in court litigation and has a great court room capabilities. He is outstanding at dealing with out of court business matters and assisting in negotiations with other attorney. I recommend him without hesitation for any legal issues you may have!
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2008
GREAT lawyer
This guy is great, anytime I have had legal problems I go to him and he cleans up my mess( so to speak). Know that he doesn't play about his money but who does and he's really down to earth. I'm not going to go into detail on the cases he has helped with cause it will be obvious to who I am, but trust me people have went to jail for to little stuff I got tickets for, and he's helped me stay out. He is also the 1st lawyer I have ever had, so it's good to start out with someone who helps.
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Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Walker Law Firm, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Lecturer
  • University of Wisconsin Parkside
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • John L. Jonem & Associates, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Music Clearance Coordinator
  • Warner Bros. Television
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • DePaul University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2001
  • Morehouse College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • $3.6 Million Corporate Refi
  • Cash in hand, new corporate structure, and owner retained property.
  • Small Business- Landscaping
  • Complaint for $10K Trial and Appeal: Victorious


  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Inc.
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • 2016 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Cook County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • 2005 - Present
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Advocates
  • Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Critical Race Theory
  • 2021
  • Graduation
  • Motivational Speaker
  • 2016
  • Founder's Day
  • Excellence and Equity in Education for All Children
  • 2007
  • African American Acheivement Awards
  • Youth, Education, Raising Chidren
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Martin
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was an Assistant State's Attorney I had several cases with Martin and he was always well-prepared and fought for the best outcome for his clients. Lots of times the latter means that a defense attorney is pushy or overbearing, but that was not the case at all - he really made you want to work with him to reach an optimal resolution. Definitely recommend Martin for quality representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martin is an excellent and accomplished attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Walker offers a much needed service to clients. Listening. Mr. Walker, over the years, has proven to be a professional with a positive approach to providing high quality legal services. I certainly endorse this terrific attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Walker is an excellent attorney who follows through with his clients to insure compliance with court orders. He is confident, self-assured, personable and highly knowledgeable. His legal skills are unsurpassed."
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