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David Alan Martin

Family Attorney at Sacramento, CA

3.7   6 reviews

also known as David A. Martin, Law Office of David A. Martin

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    28 years

  2. Child support

    28 years

  3. Divorce and separation

    28 years

  4. Domestic violence

    28 years

  5. Family
    Family Law protects Family Rights, including child custody, child and spousal support, division of assets and debts and termination of marriage. May include valuation of small business, retirement benefits, other assets. Settlement is by negotiation or litigagtion and may require court hearings or trial

    28 years, 1,000 cases


More than 20 years ago I dedicated my professional career to helping others successfully navigate through the most difficult time of their life - that time when their family and their financial resources were vulnerable and under attack. In the years that followed my practice has grown and I am now equally privileged to have some of the finest professionals working along side of me as we continue to deliver on our founding principle: Conscientious, Aggressive and Diligent Legal Representation.

We have been privileged to represent thousands of individual persons, all of whom were facing what seemed at the time to be insurmountable obstacles or unfair resistance. Using compassonate but aggressive negotiation efforts, and effective litigagtion tactics and strategies, we have consistently delivered high quality legal representation.

Our office serves the greater Sacramento and surrounding areas, including El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, and Solano Counties.

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The Law Office of David A. Martin & Associates


3.7 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Richard | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly professional and efficient!
When I got the opportunity to write a review for The Law Office of David A. Martin & Associates, I was quite happy to share my experience. Like most people, I never planned on needing a divorce attorney. Lost and seeking help and guidance, I found David Martin. As a father, my biggest concern about the divorce was my two children and having the ability and means to care for them. Ultimately, my divorce was a complicated one; the opposing side made matters extremely challenging and drug every detail out as long as possible. David and his team were unbelievably knowledgeable and diligent in guiding me through the divorce process. They took care of every need and all paperwork to make sure I was protected. After the divorce was complete and the paperwork was all signed, there were a couple more issues that needed to be taken care of between my ex and I. David and his team even followed up with me to make sure everything went smoothly. I never wish for anyone to go through the struggle of a divorce. Unfortunately, if you are reading this review, you might be considering it. I give The Law Office of David A. Martin & Associates 5 stars only because Yelp doesn't allow me to give them 6.
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Posted by Valerie | November 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unbelievably Happy Client!!!
I have the utmost respect for David A. Martin and his team! I have been a client with his firm for over 10 years and would never go to anyone else. David knows what he is doing and practices with professionalism and attention to detail. He is very realistic with his expectations and is very upfront and honest with his answers. He does not "sugar-coat" anything therefore I always knew what to expect when going to court. My ex and his family were/are very difficult to deal with and David always remained calm and professional. His office staff was always quick to get paperwork filed and any issues resolved quickly. I will continue to use the Law Offices of David A. Martin to represent me in any future needs!!
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Posted by GL | November 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney and staff
This is not a paid review! This is solely based on my experience with David and his staff. Going through a divorce is tough enough, then add in all the ins and outs of negotiating accounts,children,property ect... it can become overwhelming. David and his staff were and are always supportive and looking out for your best interest. David is always straight forward and honest offering you a professional and educated answer to questions or circumstances. His over all goal is to make sure your protected and represented to the best of his ability. He is always professional and tries to work with the opposing attorney to resolve the divorce ASAP.
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Posted by Kara | November 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not ask for more
The Law Offices of David A. Martin represented me in my very complex case. I don't have words enough to say how great David and his team are. I was with two attorneys prior with minimal results. When I signed on with David the positive results were immediate. I made many panicked calls and had so many questions. No one ever made me feel like they didn't have time for me. I felt important and valued. They knew my name and details of my case each time I called. The judges and other counsel all seemed to respect him. We got everything we wanted/ needed and more with the help of his team. They feel like family which is so important when you are dealing with such sensitive matters. There is no better protection when it comes to your family than someone who will fight hard, especially if it comes to children.
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Posted by Brook | February 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible Experience
It’s been over 6 years and I still haven’t obtained a divorce. All they did was take my money. That’s all they were worried about. Thousands and thousands of dollars with nothing accomplished. This office is nothing but a scam. The outcome of this has greatly affected my life.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2014
Very unhappy with services and looking out for future clients.
I wish that Avvo had reviews for David before I had hired him - this is a much needed service! I was both shocked and (sadly) validated when I read that I was not the first client he has insulted (so unprofessional). I started the divorce process in mediation and unfortunately had to hire an attorney due to dealing with a very volatile spouse after we didn't agree upon our divorce proceedings. I hired David to protect me and be my advocate and due to David's negligence, was eventually left with an even more angry and threatening spouse, less spousal support and was being pushed by David to go to trial (which would mean more money for David). While he did get my initial spousal support ruling (in our case, was super easy to prove), he massively aggravated the situation. He was incredibly bad at following up with me, both his staff and his attention to detail left me with many errors to correct in his paperwork and filings (they billed me for the editing of these errors - like the misspelling of real estate) and much like the other reviewer, David also directly insulted me multiple times. In our last hearing together, he failed to review my file (even after a few unreturned follow up calls by me to ask if we could prep for the hearing so that I knew what his strategy was) and he didn't realize that his office failed to file the proper paperwork that I had submitted and been told would be filed. He even said to the judge, "I'm not sure what goes on in my office, but this should have been filed." His negligence in this last hearing resulted in my loss of a great amount of money and an empowered crazy spouse. He "forgot" but later claimed that it was a strategic move to not file the paperwork (one made without my permission) and I'm sure this was only stated in order to cover himself for claim of malpractice. Even though he offered to resolve his negligence (proof that he took some responsibility), he then still billed me for time I was told he would not be billing. I contested these billings and quickly found myself another attorney. After months of being told that I could not "project manage," that my expectations on proper business conduct and communication were unrealistic and that I was "difficult to work with" I have found an attorney to work with who truly understands true legal professionalism. Even after hiring my new attorney, I was given the run around by David and his staff on making my final payment - being rudely turned away and was dismissively told by Nicole that they do not "have time for this." I cannot believe they are still in business! Do not settle for someone like David A. Martin. There are people out there who actually care about your case instead of turning it into a money-making opportunity like David did. I would happily refer people to this new attorney and will be highly reviewing him which will result in much, much more of a moneymaking opportunity - a referral-based service business relies on this and David clearly does not understand this. I too run a service-oriented business and would never treat a client the way that David A. Martin and his staff have treated me.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of David A. Martin
  • 1995 - Present


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Divorce & Domestic Violence
  • Case moved to Oregon
  • Custody Property Support
  • Custody and Support to Mother; Property and Attorney FeeAward
  • Custody
  • Father retained Joint legal and physical custody
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  • American Center for Law and Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • National Business Institute
  • Speaker NBI continuing education seminar
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (12)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known David as a valued colleague for some 15 years, since facing him as an opposing attorney on a case in which he was a forceful advocate and negotiator, who helped our clients reach an equitable compromise that benefited both parties and their children."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Other
"I called David on a personal matter and he gave me excellent advice. He took the time to speak to me in detail about my situation and steered me in the right direction. I endorse David both as a potential client and as a fellow attorney!"