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Carolyn Holt Martino

Divorce and separation Attorney at Indian Wells, CA

5.0   6 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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A seasoned litigator, Carolyn H. Martino, Esq., started her career in civil defense litigation in Los Angeles during her second year of law school, as a summer associate at a large firm; and, since 1998, has elected to specialize in California Family Law. Carolyn has practiced law in Southern California since 1994 and began expanding her practice from the Los Angeles area to the Coachella Valley in the early 2000s.

Ms. Martino earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA and her J.D. at Loyola Law School. Through her years of practice in the Desert communities, she has developed an outstanding reputation for integrity, professionalism, and dedication to achieving positive results for her clients. Her deep knowledge of the law and expertise handling matters involving complex estates with significant assets and custodial issues bring clarity and compassion to resolving complex disputes.

Ms. Martino’s practice encompasses all areas of dissolution actions, from initial filing to negotiation of asset and property matters; evaluation of the parties’ financial position and income available for support; child support, spousal support, equalization payments; resolution of complex custody and visitation issues, both pre- and post- judgment; domestic violence issues; preparation of fully encompassing judgment and settlement agreements; paternity and parentage matters; adoption and guardianships; and negotiation of marital settlement agreements and post-judgment agreements on custody, visitation, and financial issues. She has represented a range of clients, including doctors, attorneys, business owners, real estate developers and investors, hospitality industry professionals, sports entrepreneurs, celebrities, professional athletes, and their spouses.

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Posted by Lynn | September 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Ms. Martino was professional and thorough in the handling of my complex custody and visitation issues. Outstanding, knowledgeable, compassionate; and I was surprised and happy at how accessible she always was to my requests.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2015
Strong Advocate!
If you are looking for a strong, supportive, professional advocate, Carolyn Martino is the attorney for you. She was not only my attorney, but at times, my rock. I felt comforted by her expertise. She is extremely intelligent and has a presence about her that is profound. Thank you Carolyn!
Posted by Stan Harris-Palm Desert business professional | April 23, 2014
I have worked with Carolyn Martino for over 10 years and she is the TOP FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN THE DESERT
I am a local business professional and have solely used the Law Offices of Carolyn Holt Martino for several complex family law, custody, visitation and financial matters for over 10 years. Ms. Martino is a knowledgeable and experienced professional who supported my personal issues during the difficulties of divorce and was a strong litigator in the courtroom advocating on my behalf. The results obtained by Ms. Martino exceeded my expectations and she is an excellent attorney with fair minded and ethical practices.
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Posted by Jan | April 23, 2014
I highly recommend Carolyn Martino
I rarely ever am inspired to review any of the professionals that I come across, however; my experience with the Law offices of Carolyn Martino were so superlative and professional that I am compelled to share my outstanding results. Ms. Martino was knowledgeable and responsive, and assisted me with resolving a highly sensitive family law issue quickly and efficiently. I found her to be such a comforting sounding board during my difficult time, while always remaining professional and result oriented.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2013
Thank you Carolyn!! Yes you are "The Bulldog"
Ok, never do I give 5 star ratings, but I can say without a doubt Carolyn exceeded all my expectations. She supported me, gave me a backbone when I had none. I grew during the process and accomplished even more goals than I had set out in the beginning. She knows her stuff and she's politely and eloquently relentless in the courtroom. Thank you Carolyn!
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Posted by Laurlene McMahon | June 18, 2013
Accolades to Ms. Martino
Carolyn Martino was referred to me by a neighbor who had been on the receiving end of her legal expertise in a divorce matter. He subsequently retained Ms. Martino to represent him in his next dissolution. I can think of no higher praise than that for an attorney. She earned the respect and admiration of the opposition. Ms. Martino began representing me in October 2011 when I came to her in panic and frustration because my then attorney was hopelessly ineffectual and unresponsive. She immediately took forceful action and accomplished attaining the financial support to which I was entitled. Throughout the duration of the litigation, she time and time again proved to be extremely ethical, ultra-intelligent, sympathetic to my distress, and extraordinarily effective in achieving a very satisfactory resolution. Her vast experience in family law is like breathing to her. She is a mighty warrior on behalf of her clients but never resorts to dirty, underhanded tactics. She is an attorney with dignity and strength.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
  • 2020 - Present
  • Owner/President
  • Law Offices of Carolyn Holt Martino, Corp.
  • 2004 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Carolyn Holt Martino
  • 1999 - 2004
  • In House Counsel
  • Premium Source, Inc.
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Summer Associate
  • Haight Brown & Bonesteel
  • 1992 - 1992
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  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • Coachella Valley Youth Hockey Foundation
  • Founding Member-Vice President
  • 2018 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Honoree for Women in Philanthropy
  • Desert Charities News
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Service to the CIty Council of Indian Wells
  • City of Indian Wells
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • Family Law and Elder Law Crossover Issues
  • 2020
  • Mentor Program
  • Path to Success
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I send every client in need of an amazing and compassionate family law attorney to Carolyn."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolyn Martino is a highly experienced and empathetic family law attorney, who has a great reputation with her clients and colleagues alike. Her knowledge of the family law and her efficiency in handling cases is unmatched. I highly recommend Ms. Martino."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Martino is an outstanding and highly experienced attorney in the field of divorce and family law, and expertly navigates complex dissolution actions with elements of family owned businesses, corporations, and contested custody and visitation. I can confidently recommend her to my clients for Family Law matters, knowing that she is an ethical and fair advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolyn is an excellent attorney that appreciates the delicate balance between aggressive client advocacy and court room demeanor that is of particular importance in family law matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolyn is an exceptional attorney who is a strong advocate for her clients. In addition, she provides outstanding personal service and brings a refreshing level of devotion to each and every client. I have worked with on several occasions and have found her to be one of the best in her field."
Indian Wells Divorce and separation Lawyer Carolyn Holt Martino
Carolyn Holt Martino
Divorce and separation Attorney
Indian Wells, CA
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available