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Lisa E Martin

Divorce and separation Attorney at Vancouver, WA

4.9   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 20 years
    Washington - WA 24 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    25 years

  2. Family
    25%
    divorce, separation, child custody, spousal and child support, modifications of decrees and judgments, domestic violence

    25 years, 350 cases

  3. Child custody
    20%

    25 years

  4. Domestic violence
    5%

    25 years

Lisa E. Martin feels rewarded when she has helped her clients recover their peace of mind.

“I am moved when clients who felt hopeless come out of the divorce process feeling like life isn’t so bad. It’s an overall feeling of ‘I’m going to be okay, and I’m going to land on my feet.’”

Lisa has twenty years of family law experience, and has litigated countless divorce cases in both Washington and Oregon. Her clients regard her as approachable and easy to talk to.

“I owe it to my clients to educate them and help them make the best choices, so that everyone is happy with the outcome.”

Lisa’s family has lived in the Pacific Northwest for generations. She is proud of her Northwest heritage, and especially proud of her great grandfather, Clarence D. Martin, the 11th Governor of Washington state. Lisa is a devoted mother to her teenage daughter, who is a straight-A student and avid soccer player.

Location

McKinley Irvin
1111 Main Street
Suite 300
Vancouver, WA, 98660

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Shannon | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Separation
Lisa was fantastic in guiding me through my divorce process. Her expertise and experience allowed for the best outcome for both myself and my ex-wife. I would recommend Lisa to anyone going through this difficult time.
Posted by Joe | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa was highly recommended and delivered...
I feel my divorce was complicated. We had a young child involved, fairly significant assets and a large income disparity. I emailed and spoke with Lisa 100+ times over about 10 months trying to build my case. In the end, we settled and Lisa helped my ex and I come to a very amicable solution through mediation. Lisa was very respectful throughout, although I presented some challenges. She was very professional and always had my best interest in mind. I’d highly recommend Lisa Martin as your divorce attorney. She is very experienced and knows how to navigate the process.
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Posted by Dan | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa is a fantastic attorney
I entered a divorce litigation anxious of how it would end, and in the whole process Lisa patiently walked me through the case, patiently explained to me what I need to know, and set expectations, and every step of the way she got me more than what's expected. Lisa is also good at calming me down when I was frustrated, with laid out strategies and explaining to me what the opposite side is attempting to achieve, and how I should respond, and how to prepare. With Lisa's consultation and help, I came out of a settlement conference over financial matters with sound outcomes. Then Lisa helped me to avoid a potentially costly trial over parenting plan, and got it settled in an arbitration to my favor. So now the case is over, I got more residential time with my child, and able to maintain myself financially, all because of Lisa's help, her expertise in family law and her diligence in handling my case have turned things around for my case!
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Posted by Paula | July 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply Fantastic!
I could not have navigated the complexities of my divorce without Lisa Martin. Her professionalism and attention to detail were top-notch! As a direct result of Lisa's involvement, the process was timely and as affordable as it could be.
Posted by M- | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Lisa is amazing. Everything she advised me of she delivered on. As a male going through a divorce in Clark County I would highly recommend retaining her services. Her confidence and approach put me at ease during a very stressful time. After watching her basically embarrass my ex's lawyer in court in the initial proceeding I was able to literally phone it in and do everything else remote. Thank you Lisa!
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Posted by David | September 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated to Her Clients
Lisa Martin is dedicated, empathic, tenacious! When the legal process slows down or isn't flowing, Lisa pounces, engages it, and gets it moving! She's the kind of person I would love to work with; though I am not a lawyer, I would love to do research with her or some similar endeavor. If you want a lawyer who is Client-centric, dedicated, tenacious, choose Lisa Martin--that's my vote!
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Posted by Brian | February 5, 2015
Found the right one
Im still in the process of my custody case but I have no doubt that everything im trying to achieve will be accomplished. I knew after our initial meeting that Lisa was who I wanted to represent me in my fight for my daughter . Hands down I feel she has my daughter's and my best interest in mind . Im very happy thus far with everything.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2013
Review of Lisa E Martin
Lisa E. Martin was recommended by a previous client. I needed representation when my marriage failed. Intake was prompt, very informative, professional and reassuring. Ms. Martin is a compassionate person and has excellent interpersonal skills. Her fee structure was reasonable and I would say I felt it was a bargain. In discussing the specifics of my situation she explained the process and what her commitment was. Her dress and appearance were professional and her knowledge base was impressive. She was prompt in initiating action and responded to the Court and the other lawyer promptly and comprehensively. I was quite pleased by her demeanor. A problem solver, a self-starter, aggressive when appropriate and very well prepared in my case. In reflecting back on the intake interview I would say she delivered on everything she said she would do. I would not hesitate to recommend her for legal representation.
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Posted by Mark | November 7, 2012
Lisa Martin is top notch !
Lisa was great to work with ! When I needed legal council and advise, she was very professional and got the job done ! Hands down, Lisa experience and personable style kept me at ease and confident in the decisions made for my case. She let me know step by step what was being done and why and allowed me to determine what was best for me based on all of the information. Lisa kept aware of the pros, as well as the cons of each and every part of the process and even gave me extra information that was relevent to the other party. She's a great strategizer and drew from past cases like mine to help guide her judgements as well as mine. Thank you Lisa, your truly an excellent professional !
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Posted by Margaret | October 31, 2012
OUTSTANDING Choice for your family attorney.
I needed a divorce attorney and Lisa Martin came recommended. In my case I needed someone that was representing me and my college aged daughter. I chose Lisa because her presentation was professional and emphasized problem solving and negotiating. I wanted myself to be represented well and my daughter to see the process handled professionally and respectfully for both of her parents. In the beginning I was very emotional and found Lisa and her assistant to be patient and informative. The divorce process is painful and they were compassionate and understanding. As our case unfolded a process that could have been simple became complex. With each issue that arose I found Lisa to respond quickly and to be very well informed. In my case things were done that would have cost me THOUSANDS of dollars if I had not been legally represented. I was too trusting in my marriage and left myself very financially exposed. Fortunately I had legal representation in time and Lisa was able to take the steps necessary to protect my financial assets. My case had three court hearings with one of them being a full day trial. Ours was a twenty year marriage with long term intertwined personal and financial arrangements. Lisa had a very well organized and well planned case. She built her case and spent the day in court detailing the points of her case and supporting them with facts. At the end of the day I was extremely pleased with the decisions the judge made in our case. These are some side items I believed to be important: 1) My former husband was in law enforcement and a strategist by training. I was concerned that Lisa being a female and being small in stature that he would not take her seriously. This worry was irrelevant and it didn’t matter at all. Lisa quickly let everyone know she was not an opponent to be taken lightly. 2) I live in Washington County Oregon. I had heard that it was best to get an attorney that specialized in Washington County and knew the judges well. This was insignificant in my case. In every area of my case that she needed to Lisa did her homework and knew her opponent. My attorney was prepared and my judge was professional and it didn’t matter that Lisa is located in Portland. 3) In my opinion the opposing counsel in our case tried to be intimidating in person and in writing. Lisa responded professionally and respectfully and never once backed down to this type of communication. 4) Lisa was always very well prepared and organized. She presented very well in writing, in negotiating and especially in court. All of her legal advice was excellent. 5) In my case there were issues that were unique with PERS, child custody, etc. In each instance Lisa was informed or got the information needed to make a strong recommendation for the unique circumstance. 6) I believed Lisa’s fees to be reasonable. However, I learned that a divorce is an investment in your future. Had I gone to a less experienced lower priced attorney I don’t believe I would have had the high caliber of representation that I needed to protect me and my children. Lisa is experienced and knowledgeable. As we walked into court she was greeted by other attorneys and is clearly respected by her professional peers. Lisa Martin comes with my highest recommendation. She will always have a place in my heart for being a patient and compassionate professional and representing me and my children in this difficult process.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 26, 2012
Compassionate and Competent
Lisa Martin was the best part of my difficult divorce process. She has a comforting demeanor that was very helpful in the early stages when I wasn't quite able to accept the reality of my divorce. She was highly ethical, only charging me for her true work. Her advice was always in my best interest regardless of whether or not that equated to billable hours for herself. She advised me well, helped to resolve my divorce with as little drama as possible and advocated for me and my future during the entire process. I am sad our professional relationship has come to an end. This is a woman I would definitely trust into my circle of friends.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2011
AMAZING, competent, yet compassionate lawyer!
Attempting a relocation with a very difficult ex who has a VERY aggressive lawyer is not easy. We'd gone through 2 lawyers before we found Lisa, and had met with many lawyers that said our case could not be won. We felt otherwise, so kept looking until we found Lisa Martin. She was very straight-forward with us and did not tell us our case would be easy to win, but did tell us how she perceived us being able to overcome the odds. We felt instantly comfortable handing her the reigns in a long and complicated case. She came on board with only a couple of months to get up to speed and prepare for our impending trial. She not only made our case a priority, but never failed to reply to and email or phone call, never fed us a line to get our money. She listened and noted everything we told her was important to us in our case and gave us realistic feedback so we had realistic expectations. If you want someone that is not only competent and compassionate, but your absolute advocate and will *fight* for your case, then Lisa is the right choice. She ended up obtaining a settlement 5 days before our trial date, which ended up saving us not only hundreds of dollars, but also got us the outcome we had hoped for!
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Posted by Joe | January 9, 2011
Lisa E Martin
Like many seeking an attorney that satisfies a clients needs including style or approach when dealing with a specific situation, empathy for a clients situation, and an ability to manage the emotions that can accompany a clients disposition when searching for the best representation Lisa provided all of this and more for me. She is beyond competent and knowledgeable but always kept the my objectives in mind, kept me focus on a positive outcome for both parties while making me more than confident she would approach my needs with a soft and charismatic approach when dealing with the other Atty or if necessary, us a necessary yet professional firm approach should the situation warrant such a position. I just simply trusted her to read the case, take the tome to understand me all while keep my desired outcome in mind. She used the law to our advantage when appropriate as well. I must mention, in fairness, she also let me know within the law and based on her years of experience what "the odds" are of accomplishing my somewhat emotional positions at times. Let me put it this way, by the end of our settlement, avoiding court against a firm known for pushing for court driven settlement, I became so comfortable and confident in Lisa I found my self answering her questions and then saying, "just go take care of me, get a settlement and jokingly stop this money all this is costing to be kept to a minimum. She did that and more. We got what we wanted, never came close to court yet had a plan to do so should we not like what the other side came back with. She made me the priority yet in an odd way really wanted to settle in a professional manner for all parties. Make no mistake though, she was my Atty, she controlled the situation the entire way and like I said we got 100% of what i had hoped for within the letter of the law. Very classy representation would be my final description. Trust me, i was determined, upset, even unreasonable at times. She never did anything but deal with me and understand my feelings. Yet, she just went about her business the whole time. I wanted a tough competent Atty to take on by reputation the toughest firm in town for divorce and family law. She knew the firm, the players and diffused it all. Use her. Just go visit with her and interview her. Why not. I predict you hire her. It's not her first day on the job, her first case. She backs what she says and accomplishes what she says she can one way or another. She settled an alimony reduction for me, parenting program implementation, child support along with touches of overall divorce related issues.
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Posted by Chuck | December 2, 2010
Happy Ending
Lisa Martin can be counted on to be compasionate, discrete and professional. She always kept me informed as to the status of my divorce case. She was successful in getting everything I wanted out of the divorce. She has a good relationship with the judges concerned, dresses professionally and represented me in a way that I could be proud of. She was always prompt in appointments and getting back to me on phone calls. Lisa is well worth her fee as an attorney. If the need presented itself she would be my first choice as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2010
Lisa Rocks!
Lisa, or rather Lisa E. Martin, is a very human, very engaging lawyer who is able to make you comfortable with a high level of professionalism and class. From the first interaction my sense was that I was in good hands. Lisa has this, she will and she did do a fantastic job. If you are looking for a lawyer to win your case because they know their stuff and do a great job then I suggest you talk to her. Best experience I have ever had with anyone in any form of professional consulting.
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Posted by Annette | June 23, 2010
Very professional and on top of her game.
i had a very tough case that not only involved a family attorney but a CPA and a tax attorney as well. Lisa did a very good job of being mindful of the money that i was spending to involve all of the professionals. She kept me informed and was able to take all of the information and zero in on the stuff that was important. I never had a doubt that Lisa wasn't my best advocate on the team. She went out of her way to help me minimize the legal time needed and maximize the settlement. I very much appreciate everything Lisa did to help me down a really rocky path. I highly recommend her especially when you need someone that will not allow the emotions of the moment to rule the case.
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Posted by Eleanor | February 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always felt supported
From my first consultation with Lisa, I knew that she had my best interests in mind. She was both coach and cheerleader in addition to being a guide through the legal system. It was always clear to me that her #1 goal was to do the very best she could for myself and for my children.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney, Shareholder
  • The Martin Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • M Morasch & Associates P.C.
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Yates Matthews & Morasch
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Walstead Mertsching Attorneys at Law
  • 1999 - 2002
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Associations

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2001 - 2002
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Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Editor of the Year
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • 1999

Publications

  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • Providing Equal Justice for the Domestic Violence Victim: Due Process and the Victim's Right to Counsel
  • 1999
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • Articles Editor
  • 1999
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse Lisa
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lisa Martin since 2002. She is sincere, conscientious, diligent, and very ethical. Lisa has an engaging personality that creates an atmosphere of comraderie, which is extremely helpful in resolving disputes peacefully. When she needs to be, she is tenacious and persistent. She works hard for her clients. It is a pleasure to have Lisa on the other side of a case because when that happens, I know there is a good chance we will be successful in settling."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Lisa is an excellent family law attorney who brings compassionate, yet aggressive-when-necessary, approach to the practice of family law. She fights for the rights of spouses and parents during the difficult time of separation, divorce, child custody disputes, and domestic violence. She cares deeply about her client's needs and wants, and will go the extra mile to achieve a fair resolution of the client's case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently had a case with Lisa Martin. She zealously advocated for her client and worked with me to reach a favorable resolution for all the parties involved."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is a great attorney. I highly endorse her in all aspects of family law!!"
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa Martin is a caring, intelligent attorney who strives to protect her clients' interests. What sets Lisa apart from the rest of the pack is the compassion she has for her clients. Combined with her keen understanding of the law and constant attention to detail, Lisa rises to the top. She is an asset to the Portland/Vancouver legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lisa for almost three years. She and I used to work together as associates at the same firm, and we have stayed in contact regularly on both professional and personal levels. Lisa is an outstanding attorney and definitely an asset to the legal community. Lisa is passionate about her work and helping others while maintaining a good work/ personal life balance."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lisa is an effective advocate and a pleasure to work with. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Vancouver Divorce and separation Lawyer Lisa E Martin
Lisa E Martin
Divorce and separation Attorney
Vancouver, WA
Licensed for 24 years