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Roy N Martin

Uncontested divorce Attorney at Bellingham, WA

4.8   20 reviews

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I've been a divorce attorney since December 1996. After just a few years of practice, it was clear that my heart wasn't in litigation but rather in helping clients achieve win-win settlement. My goal in every case is to help people resolve conflict without hurting each other and, most importantly, without hurting their children. I find that divorce with love is possible. There's both an art and a science to it. It takes years to become skilled as a collaborative attorney or as a mediator. I devoted myself to developing those skills because I love this work. It's particularly gratifying when a client has children because amicable settlement typically means a much better result for them. If you've made a contribution toward preventing a child from experiencing the heartbreak that happens when parents divorce poorly, you've done something truly worthwhile.

Photos and videos

This Collaborative Divorce story was produced by KUAT, Tucson's PBS station, some years back when I practiced there. It's worth watching if you're hoping to divorce amicably as many of its lessons are applicable to mediation or just sitting down together.
I am a divorce and family law attorney in Bellingham, WA. My goal is to help clients obtain the best possible results while preserving their financial and emotional resources. For this reason, my practice includes both mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
Licensed for 26 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/25/2022
State AZ
Status Resigned
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/21/2022

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

Contact Roy

Roy Martin, PC
119 N. Commercial St.
Suite 910
Bellingham, WA, 98225

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, & reliable
I happned to obtain Roy's services after trying and paying other attorneys; my matter was simple. Other attorneys I attempted to use prior weren't reliably faithful in communication nor as knowledgeable as Roy for my situation. I was so fortunate to have obtained Roy. Roy was so clear in communication, mindful of the process, always made me aware about the matters both in in mediation as well as all costs every step of the way. Words cannot express how stellar, professional, compassionate, and kind Roy provided me; moreover the knowledgeable-based expertise Roy possessed to me was above and beyond others: Roy made the difference for me, but also for my family. Blessed and grateful I am. Thank goodness, thank you, Roy.
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Response from Roy Martin March 18, 2022
Thank you. Really glad I was able to help. Wishing you and your family a great new beginning.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable, hard working, professional, honest, empathetic, excellent .
I consulted with Roy when my marriage had become significantly strained, in order to explore various "what if" scenarios. Roy was very knowledgeable RE: divorce law, with a focus on collaborative divorce. He understood that I loved my wife and kids very much and respected that I still hoped at that point to save my marriage. He was supportive of me efforts early in the process, to reconcile with my wife as we attended couples counseling, trying to work through our marital issues. My spouse eventually discontinued counseling. My case eventually became high conflict and contentious, with my spouse unfortunately refusing a collaborative pathway, so I am not able to comment on Roy's handling of the collaborative process. Nonetheless, in the scope of our work together, Roy was extremely professional. He always promptly answered my questions and empathetically addressed my fears. He respected where I was at mentally/emotionally in the process and I never felt like he was out to make busy work, just to increase revenues. When he recognized that a collaborative divorce process was not in the cards, he quickly arranged a seamless transition with a capable colleague who could do mediation and/or litigation. I highly recommend him especially for cases with couples that can maintain at least a modicum of rationality, civility and are able to focus on the long-term wellbeing of family members through the divorce process.
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Response from Roy Martin February 22, 2020
Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughtful review.
Posted by Jeff | October 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice.
Received excellent advise on the question of Domicile with respect to Washington state Divorce Law. Very professional. Would highly recommend.
Response from Roy Martin October 8, 2018
Thanks for your review.
Posted by Janet | June 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
EXCELLENT SERVICE
Roy Martin was contacted requesting his potential representation of one of my clients. Mr. Martin returned my call within a very short period of time on the same day. He provided other referral sources as he was unable to represent my client. It was refreshing to have a rapid, concise, and professional response to my request.
Response from Roy Martin October 8, 2018
I appreciate you're taking the time to write this review, Janet.
Posted by Paul | February 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced and efficient
I hired Roy Martin to assist me with my divorce, and my experience with him couldn't have been better. He was consistently fast, efficient, and clear, all very important attributes in an attorney. He is focused on resolving issues and moving the case toward a speedy, fair resolution. He is also compassionate, another great attribute for a family law attorney. I'm very thankful I found him, and recommend him very highly.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring and compassionate
I contacted Roy Martin about starting the process of my divorce and his compassionate approach actually helped my wife and I to work through the problems in our marriage and eventually this process actually led us to be able to save our marriage. We had both been divorced previously and I am fairly certain that a more typical approach of signing me up as a client and rushing forward would have ultimately led to our getting divorced. Instead he gave us some calm advice in an unhurried and well thought out way that allowed us to really examine our relationship and save our marriage. So this may be an unusual review but I think it reflects well on Mr. Martin that he really cared about helping us more than he cared about signing us up as clients and getting a retainer. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering a divorce, his calm and caring demeanor really helped to reduce the stress of our situation and make real progress on moving forward.
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Response from Roy Martin December 6, 2016
Thanks so much for this review. I'm commenting on it only because I don't want people to get the impression that saving marriages is a typical result. It's actually quite rare. Usually, by the time people come to me, it's too late to save the marriage. Thus, the goal is to have a high quality divorce; the kind that allows people to feel good about themselves and each other and, most important, transition into their new roles as co-parents in a way that places the children's interest first. I'm so glad the two were able to move forward together. I so appreciate your letting me know because nothing feels more meaningful than knowing I've helped. Thanks also for sharing your experience here since many folks find me through online reviews.
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
efficient & knowledgeable
Sadly he wasn't taking any more court cases but he was incredibly knowledgeable and still took the time to help me and point me in the right direction. I walked out of a 30 minute meeting feeling quite prepared on what I was dealing with and needed to do for the well being of my child. Great attorney and very ethical attitude.
Posted by Kayla | April 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, kind and determind
Not only was Roy courteous and professional throughout my case but he was also determined to get the best results possible. He definitely went above and beyond what he needed to do to ensure results. I would recommend him to anyone because he is truly amazing at what he does and a great person to work with as well. Thank you again!
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Roy is excellent!
I've worked with several attorneys over the years for post-divorce problems, and they all had their pros and cons. Last year when my ex tried to take me to court to eliminate his child support obligation, reduce his child support debt by 90%, and change our children's schedule, I hired an attorney who shortly thereafter stopped practicing. Then I was given Roy's name by a friend. Roy is the best attorney I've worked with - he is kind and sincere, as well as helpful and very knowledgeable. As he believes strongly in mediation and communication, he worked very hard to get my children's father and I to sit down together. He was also realistic about options and helped me be clear about my interests for modifying the paperwork. In the end, we did not have to go to court for resolution, the father's financial obligations were kept intact as law specified, yet were able to compromise on the schedule. I highly recommend Roy because of his integrity, his hard work ethic, and his effectiveness!
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2015
I strongly recomend Roy
Many thanks to Roy for his professionalism, guidance and support through a very challenging time. Roy was very thorough in his approach and knowledgeable in providing sound advice and recommendations. His responsiveness, follow up and ability to work around my challenging schedule was incredible and very much appreciated. I don’t believe we could have moved to a settlement agreement and parenting plan as quickly and effectively without him. I strongly recommend Roy to anyone dealing with family divorce matters.
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Posted by Jacob | March 1, 2015
We were lucky to find Roy!
Roy helped us with a 3rd party custody of our disabled nephew. It has been a complete pleasure to work with Roy. He was able to put together a great plan that both my wife and I felt comfortable with. He also listened to desires for the case, such as attorney fees and child support, and gave us sound advice on what our options were and likely outcomes. Sometimes this advice was not what we wanted to hear, but he did not want to waste time and our money on issues that we could not win. The case he built for us was so strong that in court when it was Roy's turn to state our case, the Commissioner said it was not necessary; that the paperwork more than explained our side of the issue. The Commissioner then ruled in our favor. Since then my former sister in law has filed various paperwork reference our nephew. Each time Roy did not seem panicked (unlike my wife and I), he quickly formulated a new game plan and gave us a list of items to work on. And each time the rulings have gone in our favor. My former sister in law seems determined to continue this legal battle, but we are confident that with Roy as our attorney, we will have no problem maintaining custody of our nephew.
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Posted by Leslie | June 11, 2014
Roy was amazing
Roy was amazing at walking me step by step through my divorce at a very painful time in my life. What was so wonderful is that he was able to inject a sense of reason into what is a most unreasonable process, at least from an emotional point of view. He never took my feelings or experiences lightly but at the same time helped me see what was necessary to get to a rewarding solution. He told me I could use what was going on as jet fuel to create a different and better way of life for myself, which turned out to be so true. A very happy divorced woman.• • •
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Posted by Roger | May 6, 2014
Roy Martin a Lawyer you can really count on!!
Mr. Martin did an excellent job keeping me informed. He advised me on the best options i had and ensured all documents were correct and filed in accordance with the state requirements. He was always available to ask questions and to explain exactly what was going on. Mr. Martin consistently followed up to keep it on track until it was completeld. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
Divorce with DIgnity and Grace
I retained Roy Martin to represent me in my divorce and child custody case. Roy was upfront about the potential cost and proceedings as my case dealt with a military member. From the beginning Roy listened to my concerns about my husband and addressed them one by one. He was companionate but realistic in what could or would happen. Roy was through in putting together the court documents needed. There were a few hiccups due to my husband being in another state and military, but not at Roy’s fault. Roy made those as painless as possible. As the ball got rolling in this Roy was quick and aggressive on getting court dates. My husband is a highly volatile and contentious person. Roy dealt with him calmly and smoothly. My divorce and custody was finalized sooner than anticipated which I believe was due to Roy’s diligence in the matter. Such was that Roy even researched the states laws that I’m moving to and worded my parenting plan accordingly so that the probability of me going to court again was lessened. Roy took a difficult time and helped me handle it with dignity and grace. I would recommend Roy 100% in all Family matters.
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Posted by Jed | September 29, 2013
Magnificent ending to a bad situation!!!! Incredible Family Attorney!!
Roy Martin represented me in a child support/visitation problem. Roy and his staff were absolutely amazing!!!! I was beyond lucky to have found him, and he instantly was able to show the judge what was going on with my ex-wife's continual poisonous actions in turning my child against me. The end result of Roy's representation was the judge granted me the rights to visitation with no changes, put me in charge of making mental health care decisions for my daughter, and the healing of the relationship was magnificent!!! There have been bumps in the road along the way since, and Roy has been incredible and responsive to my calls and always given sound right-on advise!! I would endorse Roy for any family matter, and further endorse putting 100% faith and trust in him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2013
Honest, Ethical, Skilled Attorney
Recently I engaged Mr. Martin to represent me where my ex-wife was attempting to take shared custody of my son. From the beginning, Mr. Martin listened and understood the details of my case. We spent a lot of time preparing my depositions, once we were in court it became clear to me how important this effort was. Going into this, Mr. Martin was very up front about the potential costs, and the reality that it is not possible to be certain about the courts decision. Although I felt we had a good case based on my ex-wife's actions, this left me with no false perceptions about the outcome. At least I knew what I was getting into, in the end I am happy with my decision to fight for retaining shared custody of my son. When the time came for Mr. Martin to present my side of the situation, he was skilled and confident. Both in communicating my position, and presenting evidence to the Court. Throughout this process Mr. Martin has been competent, professional, and completely honest about all aspects of my case, there have been no unwelcome surprises. In any aspect of family law, I would recommend Mr. Martin without hesitation.
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Posted by Dan | June 21, 2012
Brains with a sense of humor
He turned a very confusing divorce case into a simple, straight forward process for my buddy today. I recommend this guy for a divorce attorney.
Posted by Pete | June 20, 2012
You can stop looking
My wife and I are separating and met with Roy to get a better appreciation of the process. Simply put - Roy is amazing. Everything an attorney should be, with a healthy sprinkling of compassionate counselor on top. If you are looking for an attorney who believes in fair and honest care for all parties involved, Roy is your guy. Reasonable rates as well.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straightforward, focused on best outcome for all.
I was referred to Roy's office through my employer's employee assistance program when I requested help with my failing marriage. I really appreciated that Roy had made his practice part of this program. I think it really demonstrates his objective of helping couples work through the divorce process in a collaborative way. Such a better approach for all involved, especially the kids, than some of the other attorneys I consulted with before hiring Roy.
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Response from Roy Martin October 8, 2018
Thanks for your kind review. My intention is to leave all clients 100% satisfied. I'm wondering if there's anything I could have done (or could do now) to earn that fifth star. Since you're anonymous I don't know whom to call. Please call or e-mail me and let me know.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2015
Overall a very poor experience
I just wanted a quick consultation to decided if I wanted a child support modification. First he double booked meaning I and another client showed up at the same time. Since I took time from work the other client let me have the appointment. Second, he wanted $200 on his desk before he would say a word. Just sat back and waited for the check. Confusing since we didn't know how long the appt would be. Third, he could not remember my child's name. He asked 3 times which I found not only rude but worried me that he would not remember details in a court room and finally he wasn't polite enough to shake my hand. He told me to print the forms from the the County webite and do it myself even after I explained my ex had been convicted of abuse and anger issues so I didn't expect the modification to go smoothly. Sorry, but I found this guy to be a total slug just in it for the $. I have no idea how he got good reviews (friends?) which is what I based my decision on to meet with him. Now I will need to spend more money to find an attorney.
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Response from Roy Martin February 22, 2015
I’m sorry you had a bad experience. When I saw your review, I called to try to address your concerns. You were not willing to discuss it. Call me if you change your mind. I mean that. It is my intention that no client ever walk away dissatisfied. I was really surprised by what you wrote. When you left my office, I had no clue you were unhappy. In 18 years of practice, dissatisfied clients have been a rarity. This is the first time one has posted a negative review. When you first contacted me, you expressed urgency to meet as soon as possible. I moved another appointment to get you in on short notice. You showed up a day early, during another client's time, and then insisted the mistake was mine. Though I do make mistakes, I think in this case it's unlikely because of the nature of my calendar system. Someone was already in that appointment slot before we spoke. Fortunately, the other client graciously offered to switch times, allowing our consultation to go forward. If it was my mistake, I’m sorry. In any event, you incurred no harm due to the other client's generous gesture. I explained my $200 consultation fee when you scheduled the appointment. I explained that this payment would be for the time we would spend together in that first meeting. This is a discount rate. My standard rate is $250 per hour. Since a consultation can last as long as two hours, one receives up to $500 of my time for $200. I cannot afford to give this much time away for free. Most attorneys who give free consultations provide about a half an hour. I believe a consultation requires a larger block of time so that people can explain their concerns in a relaxed manner and their concerns can be addressed fully. It's also important for clients to get a chance to know me before making decisions regarding representation. For this reason, I offer consultations in the way that I do. I was up front about all of this. You expressed agreement. At the beginning of the first meeting, I get information (such as full name, address, phone numbers, etc.) and then obtain payment. My goal is to get the preliminaries out of the way so we can focus entirely on the client's concerns. I had no idea you felt resentful about having to pay for my time. Had you indicated you were not comfortable with this arrangement, I would have offered to cancel the appointment. I do not recall forgetting your child's name but that's perfectly possible. I'm bad with names. This is something I've tried to improve on but with limited success. I'm sorry this caused you distress. It was in no way about you or your child. With regard to the complaint about not offering to shake hands, I have no recollection of whether we shook hands or not. I had no aversion to you. If you had offered a hand to shake, I would have done so. If I had known it was important to you, I would have extended my hand. It sounds like you had an expectation that I was not aware of. I sometimes shake hands with clients and sometimes do not. There's no rhyme or reason to it other than what seems right in the moment. It's not possible to make all clients happy. Still, when someone feels I've not served them well, I do my best to 1) see if we can work it out, and 2) examine what happened to try to learn from it. In this instance, after reading your review, I called you. You were unwilling to talk. Having been given no substantive reason for your dissatisfaction, there’s not much I can learn from this experience. Therefore, all I can do is have compassion for the fact that people are up against difficult issues when they come to see me and, therefore, not at their best. I wish you had not attempted to damage my professional reputation because, as you pointed out, people read and rely on these reviews. Nevertheless, I wish you success in resolving your legal challenges. If you change your mind about not talking, I would be happy to discuss the matter further and do my best to address your concerns.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 240-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Roy Martin, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Roy N. Martin, P.C.
  • 1997 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Ann Nicholson Haralambie Attorneys, PC
  • 1996 - 1997

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • Whatcom Collaborative Professionals
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Whatcom Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • City High School
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Collaborative Law Group of Southern Arizona
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Stone Avenue Temple
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished Lawyer Designation
  • The Expert Network
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • Southern Arizona People's Law Center
  • 1996
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1996
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1994
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1994
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Desert Leaf
  • Collaborative Divorce: An Option
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presenting Collaborative Divorce to Clients
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting of Whatcom Collaborative Professionals
  • Teaching to Colleagues on Presentation of Divorce Options to Potential Clients
  • 2014
  • None
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2006
  • None
  • Paradigms of Divorce
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (12)
Endorse Roy
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot recommend Roy highly enough. Roy was trained in Collaborative Practice long before I was and has been honing his out-of-court client-focused skills and practice for longer than me, so it has been a pleasure to work together, study together, and train together. While we practice in different counties, the Whatcom County / King County connection of our Collaborative community is in place in large part on Roy's desire to create and maintain that connection. As a result, the Whatcom County Collaborative Community continues to grow and thrive. As if that was not enough, Roy is also on the Board of DRAW, a statewide group of family law attorneys. I greatly appreciate Roy's transformative peacemaking skills and leadership."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Roy. He is a skilled attorney and well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Roy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have come to know Roy over the past few years since he brought his experience to our community from Arizona. I am deeply grateful for his contributions to our collaborative divorce community. His experience and insights have assisted all of us collaborative attorneys in this area develop and deepen our skills and passion for collaborative divorce. My experiences with him on collaborative and litigation cases has been that he cares deeply about his clients but not at the expense of the other party to the case. He has a true desire to help people transform their relationships through the divorce process. It is a pleasure to work with him and when I get to do so, our clients are well served."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roy is a very experienced attorney who provides his clients with top notch legal advice and fantastic representation. I highly recommend this lawyer for your family law needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Over the years of watching Mr. Martin practice I believe he offers clients advice that is empathetic, neutral, honest and non-judgmental. I believe this is why he has become a leader in our community in the area of family law."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roy is an attorney who believes in what he does. Every time I see Roy I am struck with his empathy and true calling to the work of collaborative family law."
Mediation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Roy for the last 3+ years. We both practice here in Whatcom County and run into each other regularly. We've shared frequesnt discussions on the practice of law. For sure, Roy is at the top of my list of attorneys I'd refer clients to if their matters involved divorce, family and/or mediation. His personality and demeanor are perfectly suited for his practice niche. Roy is approachable, articulate and cares about his clients. They're guaranteed to get good outcomes."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you meet Roy you will learn that he practices what he preaches and what he preaches is a type of lawyering that is both highly intelligent and sensitive toward relationships. As I have worked to make a collaborative divorce model available in Skagit County, Roy has been an experienced mentor toward me. He is an excellent teacher and communicator. I would recommend Roy to any individual seeking to find the best conflict resolution method for their family."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Roy is through and compassionate. He follow up and gets things done. I would recommend him."
Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Roy Martin as opposing counsel and have been a colleague of his in a mutually consulting capacity. Roy not only brings significant lawyering skills to his law practice but, as imporftant in famiy law, Roy also brings compassion to his clients, an over-arching perspective of common sense and hard work. I feel confident in saying that a client would be in good hands with Roy Martin as his or her attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have turned to Roy Martin when I have difficult cases. He cuts through the drama to get right to the point... which saves me time, and which saves my clients money. He's a good man to have on your side!"
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