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Michael Scott Martin

Immigration Attorney at Tracy, CA

4.9   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    45%

  2. Asylum
    30%

  3. Family
    10%
    Family law encompasses subsets of family law including Divorce, Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, & Spousal Support (Alimony).

  4. Personal injury
    10%

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    5%
    Bankruptcy options include various chapter's of bankruptcy that can offer us various tools and choices to guide you in selecting the best chapter of bankruptcy relief for your individual situation. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is a good solution for individuals dealing with mortgage arrears, tax debts, secured debts, and sometimes nondischargeable debts. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows the debtor to restructure their debts over a three to five year period paying anywhere between 0% to 100% of debts.

Michael obtained his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science from San Diego State University. He commenced his legal education at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.

While completing his legal studies Michael worked for San Diego County Public Defender's Office and Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office obtaining a balanced perspective from both sides of the criminal justice system. At California Western School of Law, Michael served as President of the American Association for Justice and as an active member of the Criminal Law Association.

Upon graduation, Michael became the youngest Deputy District Attorney at San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor he handled over 500 arraignments, 40 cases to resolution, and five jury trials. One of which, he served as the second chair attorney for a six week special circumstance homicide trial that resulted in convictions on all charges and a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Michael started his first office in Tracy, where he observed a need for compassionate, educated, and affordable legal representation. Michael and his firm only accept cases they can zealously represent and make a difference in. The overwhelming support of the Michael's past and current clients has enabled his firm to offer the same high quality legal representation in Pleasanton and San Diego (Santee).

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Location

Martin & Farah Law, PC
632 W. 11th Street
Suite 211
Tracy, CA, 95376
Martin & Farah Law, PC
5776 Stoneridge Mall Road
Suite 350
Pleasanton, CA, 94588
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Reassuring
He was confident in answering my question as well as listening well too, being professional and friendly.
Posted by Monique | December 11, 2011
Thank you Guys
Im new to Tracy & saw This web sight. I called for app. I liked every one.. Very helpfull nice people. My case is over & im sad to say good bye but i would go to them again if i need to.
Posted by John | November 14, 2011
Not just an excellent attorney but a nice person with compassion and character.
Michael Martin helped me with a bankruptcy filing a couple years ago and since that time we've crossed paths often and stayed in touch. In the bankruptcy case he was very clear and helpful about what to expect, and was prepared for all the possible contingencies. I appreciate his candor, he won't try to take on something that is not his area of expertise but he's a good networker who seems to have the respect and admiration of his peers. He helped me find an attorney for another possible case which was being discussed. I was so pleased with my work with Michael Martin I referred another friend of mine to him for a bankruptcy case as well.
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Posted by Rocky | September 28, 2011
Bancruptcy Help
Michael Scott Martin's firm represented us in a bankruptcy hearing. I had absolutely zero experience with bankruptcy proceeding and had no clue what to do next. The Lawyers and Staff with this fir were extremely helpful, very professional, and explained everything step by step. When I did go to court they were there with me the whole time, It was real obvious watching others going through the same thing that all legal representation is not equal. I highly recommend this firm!
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Posted by JL | September 14, 2011
Painless and stress free
After several months of stressing and panicking about financial difficulties, I finally bit the bullet and went searching for an attorney to represent me in my bankruptcy. I thought it would be a long, drawn out process but thanks to Michael Martin and his team it was a stress free, and painless experience. All my concerns and questions were answered in a professional and knowledgable way so that I understood what was being done. They handled everything. I would definitely recommend Michael Martin.
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Posted by Efren | July 27, 2011
Great Attorney!
Dealing with bankruptcy is never easy. Finding a lawyer can be just as difficult. Michael was very professional and down to earth from my first meeting/consultation with him. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable going to court with him. He and his friendly staff were always available to answer my questions. Highly recommended for your bankruptcy/financial issues.
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Posted by Jesse | July 20, 2011
Glad we chose Michael Martin
After months of worrying about our financial situation, Michael and his staff handled our chapter 7 bankrupcy. Once we consulted with him, he put us at ease and answered every question we had. He explained every option we had and gave us time to think about which direction we wanted to go. He and his staff always made time to phone or email us and keep us updated regarding our case. We are very grateful to him and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Robert | April 19, 2011
This is the attorney you need! Aggressive and knowledgeable!
Mr. Martin's depth and breadth of knowledge is amazing! Although I didn't always understand the "legal jargon", he gave me the confidence of knowing he was working hard for my best interests. Between he and his wonderful staff (Thanks Gabby!) I was always kept up to date and informed on the progress of my case. They were always there to answer questions even long after my case was closed. For financial matters I would recommended no one else to family or friends!
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Posted by Sharon | April 19, 2011
Great Lawyer
We couldn't be happier with our experience with Michael Martin and his staff during some financially difficult times. Michael was extremely knowledgeable and was able to take our case when we had been told others would not. For this we are very thankful! Michaels assistant is a gem! She stepped right in to find our answers when Michael was unavailable and was a huge help and source of reassurance to us. I would highly recommend this law office to anyone!
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Posted by David | April 13, 2011
Excellence Service
I hired Michael to represent me in filling Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. He was excellent. He explained what he needed in detail and what I should expect. He or his staff was always available to answer any questions that I had. Michael is very personable and friendly. All around a really good guy to work with.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2011
Peter- Bancruptcy Client
I recommend Michael Martin as your bankruptcy attorney.I was embarrassed and really confused about the whole process. He treated me like family and made me feel much more comfortable with the whole process. Michael Martin is willing to take the time and talk with you and answer any questions. Their staff is also very good with communication; Michael just made my life a lot easier. I will be recommending many of my friends to his office.
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Posted by Marilyn | February 13, 2011
Trustworthy
He made sure all my question got answered. He did my case in a reasonable amount of time. Has soon has I hired him I was not bothered with creditors, he was right on my case. He made me feel like i was his only client, when i know i was not. I would highly recommend him.Marilyn
Posted by Michael | February 1, 2011
Highly recommended
Mr. Martin and his staff handled my case with utmost care and professionalism. I highly recommend his services he provides in Tracy and Tri-Valley area.
Posted by Carolyn | January 12, 2011
Bancruptcy Client
I would highly recommend Michael Martin as your bankruptcy attorney. When I walked into Michael's office, I was scared and embarrassed and really confused about the whole process. He treated me like family and made me feel much more comfortable with the whole process. Michael is professional, knowledgeable and prepared me for every step of the process. I would personally use Michael again.
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Posted by Brandon | December 9, 2010
Bankruptcy client
Michael and his staff were outstanding i couldn't ask for a better lawyer he helped me every step throw the bankruptcy and as a client that had no idea about any of this stuff Michael and his staff were helpful and very knowledgeable they did a great job and i would go back to him for all my legal needs any day i would highly recommended them to everybody and i want to thank Michael and his staff very much two thumbs up
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Posted by Jeff | August 4, 2010
Bankruptcy Client
Michael and his office staff were incredible through the whole process for my wife and I. In an experience of Bankruptcy, entering the process is scary, intimidating, and potentially embarrassing. Michael made the experience smooth, relaxed, and comfortable. He was very professional, yet at the same time made the process feel as though a long time friend or family member was taking care of every professional need. His response time and communication was exceptional. I would recommend Michael to anyone in need of services he offers.
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Posted by Ann | July 3, 2010
Michael Martin
Michael Martin was exceptional. Very informative and knowledgeable, and did everything in a timely manner in handling my bankruptcy. I was very impressed!! I highly recommend Michael Martin! Thank you Michael! Ann
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2010
Bankruptcy client
Micheal is very proffesional. He explained everything in detail and was always available when I had questions.He is very knowledgeable. I have already recommended him to some friends.
Posted by Christine | April 15, 2010
Capable, Knowledgeable, and Friendly
Michael Martin handled my Chapter 7. He was capable and knowledgeable along with patients to help me understand my case. Michael is very personable and has a way of making you feel at ease. Yes I would use him and refer if a lawyer is needed.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2010
Michael Martin does exceptional work..
Michael was professional, knowledgeable, and thoughtful in dealing with my case. I found Michael to be extremely ethical and honest in his work and he always responded to phone calls promptly. Michael was thorough in explaining the legal process and I felt we established a good rapport. I would highly recommend Michael’s law firm and feel confident that if you are seeking legal consult you will be very satisfied with his service.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Licensed California Real Estate Broker
  • Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, APC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael S. Martin
  • 2009 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Santa Clara County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • San Diego County Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2008
  • San Diego State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005
  • San Diego State University
  • Minor
  • 2005
  • Max Gardner Bankruptcy Bootcamp Online
  • Completed
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: Doe
  • Discharge Granted
  • People of the State of California v. John Doe
  • Dismissed
  • People of State of California v. Potts
  • Guilty- all counts

Associations

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Joaquin County Court Assigned Counsel
  • Court Assigned Counsel Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Joaquin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • centrtal district of california
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice California Western Chapter
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Association for Justice- California Western Chapter
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Assocation for Justice- California Western Chapter
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Criminal Law Association at California Western School of Law
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Offered Membership- Nation's Top One Percent (Not exercised)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Selected for Invitation for National Membership (Not exercised)
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Moot Court Negotiation Team
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2008
  • Graduated with Distinction in Major (Top 10% of Major)
  • San Diego State University
  • 2005
  • Wiley B. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • California Bar Association
  • N/A
  • LexisNexis Advanced Total Practice Solutions Certification
  • LexisNexis
  • N/A
  • Westlaw Advanced Research Certification
  • Westlaw
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Blog of Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, PC
  • Divorce (“Dissolution of Marriage”) vs. Legal Separation
  • 2016
  • Legal Newsletter of Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, PC
  • Bankruptcy vs. Shortsales
  • 2013
  • Legal Newsletter of Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, PC
  • The Fresh Start: Exiting Bankruptcy
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Bankruptcy Attorney Speaker/Presenter
  • Shortcomings of for profit debt settlement companies
  • 2013
  • Attorney Speaking Engagement
  • DUI's- The wacky and wierd
  • 2013
  • Bankruptcy Attorney Presenter
  • Bankruptcy Basics: Primer for Business Owners
  • 2012
  • Speaking Event to Incoming 1L Law Students
  • Keynote Speaker at Law School Event
  • 2011
  • Local Realtors
  • Bankruptcy vs. Shortsales
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (19)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Martin is a dependable lawyer that clients can count on. He always works hard to get the best possible outcome for his clients, whether its a bankruptcy, divorce, or criminal matter. He is knowledgeable on a wide variety of legal issues."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael and I first met at various law seminars. I wanted to get to know him more because I found him to be creative with his approach to the law. He has high positive energy, prides himself on strong communication, and built his own practice based on good values and solid work ethics. Since getting to know Mr. Martin I have referred several cases to him and the clients have always been more than pleased with the service they received."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Michael is a highly skilled attorney. He stays up to date on developments affecting case law and is constantly striving to provide his clients with the best possible service. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Martin is extremely knowledgeable with regards to bankruptcy and criminal law. As a fellow attorney, I have called him on several occasions with legal questions. I trust Michael's legal knowledge for my own purposes and know that his client's are also in good hands."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a very knowledgeable attorney and who ensures that his clients are aware of each aspect of their case. Michael effectively represents his clients in bankruptcy proceedings."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have the utmost respect for this attorney and would provide my highest recommendation to clients in need of his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael is a zealous advocate who is well-respected by his peers in the legal community. I have found him to be both professional and ethical and would feel more than comfortable referring clients to his law firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Michael Martin as an attorney. I have known him since law school and throughout his professional career. He has a very sharp legal mind and is extremely well versed in criminal law and bankruptcy, especially. I am confident that his clients will be in good hands."
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