Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, P.C.

Welcome to the Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, PC. The firm is dedicated to the legal issues that affect your life most.

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Firm Overview

We pride ourselves in our problem solving approach and treating every case like it is that of our own family. Clients come into our office daily with a worry and leave with an action plan to put the worry behind them. While the law is not simple, we lead you through the process and advocate for your legal rights to ensure you the simplest possible legal experience in even the most complex cases. Our firm's attorneys, have an array of legal backgrounds to ensure that your legal matter is approached with the knowledge necessary to handle your matter professionally and expeditiously. We will work efficiently towards achieving a favorable resolution using all the legal processes available. We look forward to serving you!
Main Office

Tracy Office
121 E 11th St Ste 1
Tracy  CA  95376

Phone
  • (209) 565-4050
Fax
  • (209) 229-8581
Bankruptcy
The Law Office of Michael S. Martin has filed thousands of bankruptcy cases. We have the knowledge and experience to provide our clients with the most effective legal representation available
The firm specializes in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. We have handled both corporate and individual bankruptcies and have assisted hundreds of clients. We are looking forward to working with you to make your experience a positive, efficient and successful one.
Family
At my law office, my practice encompasses all of your legal needs in matters of legal separation and divorce and related issues. These encompass divorce, separation, custody, property issues, and other disputes that arise from the process.
I begin by listening to your situation and what you want to accomplish. I use my extensive knowledge of the core issues of any separation or divorce - child and spousal support, child custody and visitation rights and property division towards helping you achieve what you want, in alignment with the laws of our state. Having an attorney represent you is advantageous for a number of reasons but key amongst those is the fact that how issues are settled now will, to a great degree, negatively or positively affect your life in the future. Commonly, a divorce can be so unsettling that you may not be looking ahead to important financial matters, how child custody and visitation will be taken care of and won't know the court's guidelines on these matters. Additionally, divorce can swiftly become adversarial and emotional and a dedicated family lawyer will be needed to see that your goals are kept in mind and achieved.

Who gets custody of the children, who retains the family home, how are your property and assets divided, how your credit can be protected and many other questions all require legal answers. For some, it is vital to know the differences between divorce and a legal separation so that they choose the one that is best for them. I strive to provide the full and factual information on which you can make informed decisions. Once those decisions are made, it is my job to get them implemented.

If your divorce becomes contested, final judgments will be made by the court based on input from your attorney. You want to be represented by someone who has a background of court appearances and success in this arena. As a former prosecutor, I know court procedures and how to achieve a favorable judgment on my client's behalf. At the conclusion of your legal separation or divorce, you want to walk away knowing that you did the best for you and your family and that is what I am here to assist you to accomplish.

Michael Martin

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 all four of his offices.
License
  • Bar Number: 258416
    California , 2008

Chris Strand

Chris was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended the University of California at Davis where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and with a minor in History.
Chris attended the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. There he received a Juris Doctorate and was a member of the Dean's Honor List. During law school, Chris interned at the Alameda Contra Costa County Transit District General Counsel's Office in Oakland. While at AC Transit Chris gained valuable legal experience in all types of law.
After law school, Chris interned with The Law Offices of Herbert T. Patty in San Jose. At The Law Offices of Herbert T. Patty, Chris helped with an ambitious project involving Trademarks. Here, he gained valuable experience by constantly analyzing Attorney arguments for Federal registration of trademarks.
Chris is a member of the California State Bar and the San Joaquin County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
License
  • Bar Number: 293680
    California

Kate Petersen

Kate Petersen attended San Diego State University for her undergraduate education. She graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, and with a minor in Spanish. Ms. Petersen then attended the University of Hastings for her law school education. There she served on the student leadership panel and Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, was President of the Association of Students for Kids, was a member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, and was a volunteer for GAAP.

During her time in law school, she worked for Bay Area Legal Aid, the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Following graduation, Ms. Petersen worked in Civil Litigation, focusing primarily on insurance defense and public entity defense. She joined The Law Offices of Michael S. Martin, PC in May of 2011 in the Pleasanton office.

Kate is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Alameda County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern District of California.
License
  • Bar Number: 259119
    California

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