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Martin E Thompson Jr

Family Attorney at Bend, OR

4.4   13 reviews

also known as Cascades Law Group, P.C.

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2018

About Martin

Learn Martin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody

    15 years, 115 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Criminal defense is an area of law I am passionate about. In addition to providing excellent care and customer service, my goal is to make sure that you understand your rights so that you can make intelligent decisions. My record speaks for itself.

  3. Estate planning
    By planning your estate, you can maximize its value by minimizing taxes and eliminating court costs and interference. I can also help you control and protect your estate during your lifetime, by writing documents that allow you to transfer property and money to children, charities, or others in a way you desire.

    15 years, 85 cases

  4. Probate
    Probate includes not only administration of your estate according to the terms of your will, but also protection of loved ones through guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

    15 years, 50 cases

  5. Real estate
    My real estate experience includes landlord/tenant disputes and all nature of real property issues from commercial leasing to complex mortgages and financing issues. Contact our office to see about resolving your property issue.

In March of 2017, I moved with my family to Bend, Oregon to practice law. Previously I owned and operated a small town general practice in Burns, Oregon for over six years. Making the decision to abandon a successfull business was a difficult one, but it was for the benefit of my family and we are thrilled to be a part of Central Oregon.

Prior to opening the Burns office, I had the honor of serving as a summer clerk to Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz at the Oregon Supreme Court. Following my clerkship, I worked for approximately one year in Seattle, where I successfully represented low-income clients in tax matters against the Internal Revenue Service and then worked for a short time as an associate for Stahancyk, Kent & Hook.

I attended college at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!), where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I earned my law degree from the University of South Dakota in 2008, where I graduated among the top of my class. After passing the Oregon bar exam, I attended Washington State University School of Law, earning an advanced law degree in taxation, focusing primarily in the areas of business and estate taxation and tax controversy.

I am pleased to serve the communities of Central Oregon and I look forward to the many benefits and advantages that this great place has to offer for my family.


Cascades Law Group
1180 SE Division St., Ste #2
Bend, OR, 97702

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4.4 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by David | September 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience!
Mr.Thompson is very easy to talk to! He makes you feel like you are a buddy or a friend! It made it very easy to discuss our situation! The business assistants there were very knowledgeable and helpful as well! I think we have found our go to attorney for most anything we would need assistance with in the future! Thank you Martin!
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Posted by Ty | August 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The great
Words cant explain how greatful I am to have been Given the chance to meet Martin Thompson, let alone to of had him as a defense attorney in such a vital time in my life. I was looking at very along time for a criminal case and was loosing hope quickly. when Martin was appointed to me. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer or a bigger blessing. He made me feel comfortable, kept me in good spirits wit his talks and sense of humor, made feel safe and NEVER said anything tht he didn't stay true to. He worked so hard and took such pride in his work it was honestly crazy, to the point where acouple times it brought me to tears. He heard me out, and never questioned me or judged me and honestly that was such a change to the usual. I'm not the most innocent looking guy and I have a past. but he never judge me. I love martin and I'll forever be in debt to this great man...believe me I have experience with attorneys and he is not your average by any means. if you don't have him your honestly missing out. He's a great lawyer and a great person and he will do anything in his power to help you anyway he can. I definitely recommend him to anybody you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Brandon | October 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Martin to help me with my custody case. It was a very ugly, complicated case. I was starting to feel like all hope was lost but when Martin came on board, everything started moving in the right direction. I won sole custody of my son. I will forever be grateful for Martin and would recommend him to any family or friends.
Posted by Cory | January 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exception lawyer for people
Martin took to heart an issue that arose for my mother. I was in desperate need for someone to handle my mothers case and to treat her as family, considering that I was not in the area enough to handle it. This issue took a few months and without missing a beat, he treated her with respect. He was also available to me if I had any questions pertaining the case at hand. This has taken me a while to give him the much needed review that he deserves considering that this happened around Christmas of 2018. Mostly because after we had won the case, most of my time has been spent trying to repair the damaged that had occurred.
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Posted by Henry | January 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Super Star
Martin works dillagently and professionally. I came to Martin at an all time low and he was able to navigate the legal channels I needed help with to get me on the right track. I would hire Martin again no questions asked.
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Martin is an extremely hard-working, down to earth attorney. He's approachable, honest, and answered all of my questions concerning a messy child custody case. he went above and beyond to make sure I was prepared for what I was about to face and put me at ease with his obvious competence. I walked away with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and knowing I had him on my side. I highly recommend Mr. Thompson knowing he goes the extra mile for his clients.
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Posted by Dean | November 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A great attorney
I was going through a very ugly and complex divorce. When I first contacted Martin I was a mess and was out of options and time. During our consult he contacted my ex-wifes lawyer and gave me more time and walked me through the proccess and put me on the path to get my case in order. His attention to detail and listening to every word I said along with his expertise he composed a response to a motion that was absolutly on point and extremely detailed. By the time I left I had a great sense of relief and for the first time in months I was able to relax and refocus. He made me feel as if I was his only client and I was his main priority. I know he had a heavy work load but still made me feel like I was important and not just another case. His prices were fair but theres no amount of money I wouldent have payed for his services. Is there really a price to high to be with your children again. Hes a great attourney and even greater person. He will be someone I will always remember and be forever grateful to. I would use his services anytime I need a lawyer. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney that will actually fight for you and work tirelessly on your case to make sure you come out on top.
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Posted by Kody | August 20, 2013
Intelligent, Down-to-earth, and Gets the job done!
When I initially hired Martin Thompson I was going through a very difficult time in my life; he was very understanding and talked to me for free on for several hours as I explained the circumstances of my situation. I quickly hired him afterwards and he got to work immediately on my case. He was extremely affordable and worked vigorously on the case for over a year - I was out the entire time- he helped me push the dates back and accommodate to my lifestyle and the other things I was going through. At the time of the sentencing, the DA originally was asking the court to impose a 24 month sentence on me, Martin Thompson was able to get the Judge to give me a 15 day sentence in jail and some probation. He did a great job and was friendly the entire time. I highly recommend him for anyone going through any type of legal troubles. He's experienced and versatile in the all aspects of law.
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Posted by James~n~Sarah | July 25, 2013
goes above and beyond
He's not the kind of lawyer who acts high and mighty and better than you. He did an excellent job with our family law case and got my husband and I exactly what we wanted. It was a very stressful situation but he made it easier and he is very affordable and works with you.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2013
Quality service
I am an out of stater and was very uneasy with hiring a local guy in a small town, however, Mr. Thompson did a great job with my case and has gone above and beyond what I have actually paid for. He has even added services at no charge to help me out with my financial issues. I highly recommend him to anyone, especially out of state drivers passing through the area
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2013
Martin is a very helpful Attorney
Upon getting incarcerated, I was left with little hope of freedom... Martin helped me immensely when it seemed no one else could! He stuck with me and did everything in his power to help my case. In the end it worked out even better than I had hoped for and I can't thank him enough. He is a very dependable guy, and a pleasure to work with...
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Posted by Jimmy | September 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Avoid at all costs
Martin Thompson "forgot" to respond to the other side in time, and my case went into default judgment. After promising me daily updates on the case after the default, he ignored and avoided my calls. Took his sweet time doing NOTHING to solve the problem while I am having daily panic attacks. My other lawyer had to advise him what to do to get the situation sorted out, which cost me more money. After seeing the reviews that I have left, his office "offered" me a full refund like they are doing me a favor. They had to give me a full refund anyways so I refused. He has cost me more heartache and money. And even until this day, I am suffering from his mistake and I do not wish this on anyone. Go find someone else in Bend, any lawyer in Bend will be better and be more responsible than this guy.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law
Failed to attend to important phone calls, paperwork, emails, failed to hold opposing counsel to discovery process with financials, failed to advocate for client. Will take your retainer and file all paperwork in the beginning. The advocacy stops there. Made a complete mess out of my divorce. my exs attorney took full advantage of me. I am now looking for another attorney to hire and will have to take out a loan in order to do so. I am very surprised this guy is on this site, with 5 stars. Even the Deschutes County clerk says he sees complaints constantly wondering "How this guy is still in business" Run. If OSB followed through with complaints, he would be run out of Bend.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.1 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Reprimand issued in OR, 2018
updated on 10/03/2018

This means the lawyer did something wrong but the bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Martin E. Thompson, Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Law Office of Angela Lee
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC
  • 2010 - 2011
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2009
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003


  • Oregon State Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (8)
Endorse Martin
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Thompson strikes me as an attorney who truly cares about his clients and his craft. I will look forward to associating with him next time I have a case in his neck of the woods, or have a client to refer to him."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Martin genuinely cares for his clients and works hard for them. His eye for detail and firm grasp of the issues underscore the professional approach he takes to to his cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martin is an incredible advocate. He always delivers 110% for his clients and aggressively fights to obtain the best results possible. Whether it's showing a client the ropes or fighting for them in court, Martin Thompson is your man."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martin is an aggressive and skilled advocate; most importantly, he cares deeply about his clients. He is an outstanding attorney with an excellent understanding of the law, who has multidisciplinary skills he uses to get his clients fair and beneficial results with respect to support, business and asset division, tax law and criminal defense. I highly recommend him."