Timothy D. Martin

Timothy D. Martin

Mr. Martin began practicing law over 30 years ago, focusing from the start on family law cases. Initially a litigator, he has moved away from litigated cases and has increasingly moved to serving as a mediator and collaborative counsel. As a result of his longstanding focus on ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), he was instrumental in 1996 in developing the ADR program for family law cases that was initially run by the San Mateo County Bar Association. That program has evolved into the MAP program at the courthouse. He is also a co-founder of the local (San Mateo County) Collaborative Law practice group known as Collaborative Practice San Mateo County (CPSMC).

Mr. Martin graduated from Occidental College and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He has been certified by the California State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in family law for more than the past twenty years. He has continuously sat on the financial issues committee (spousal support, child support, and property) of the Family Law Section of the State Bar for more than twenty years, reviewing proposed legislation on behalf of the Section's Executive Committee. He served as President of the San Mateo County Bar Association in 1991, the year the Association celebrated its 75th year of existence.

Mr. Martin is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He has authored several articles on family law issues, published by the LA Daily Journal, the Family Law and Business Law Sections newsletters, and the San Mateo County Bar Association "Docket." He has also co-authored an article appearing in "The Collaborative Review," the journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Margaret Laughlin Martin

Margaret Laughlin Martin

Born and raised in Central California, Mrs. Martin is a 1975 graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and a 1979 graduate of Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

Mrs. Martin specializes in Protected Persons Law, the field of law that deals with people who are unable to manage their own financial or personal lives. The people who most commonly need assistance in these matters are elderly, minors (children), or mentally challenged individuals.

Mrs. Martin is an expert in Probate, Power of Attorney, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and other forms of legal protections. She can also utilize her experience to help you decide the best possible course of action if you are not sure which direction to take.

If you are interested in speaking with Mrs. Martin more about your specific situation, please call 650-340-1166 to schedule an appointment, or send an email to margaret@martinfamilylawfirm.com .

"Discourage litigation. Point out to your neighbor how the nominal winner is often the real loser -
in fees, expense, and waste of time."
- Abraham Lincoln, 1850