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Timothy D. Martin serves as a Managing Partner and Principal at the Martin Family Law Firm in San Mateo, California. Certified as a family law specialist by The State Bar of California, he handles divorce cases that are candidates not only for litigation, but also alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Timothy D. Martin’s wife, Margaret Laughlin Martin, also serves as a Partner in the firm; a trained and experienced mediator, she serves on the Court's ADR panel and brings those skills to bear on all probate and conservatorship cases.A strong advocate of ADR, Timothy D. Martin has enjoyed a great deal of success in using a newer process known as collaborative practice to resolve divorces and other types of disputes, avoiding the often-damaging litigation process. Mr. Martin also handles other elements of family law, including pre- and post-marital agreements and cases requiring modification of divorce judgments. Involving a great deal more than dispute resolution, family law also encompasses the protection of those who are unable to handle their affairs. Usually very young or elderly, these people unfortunately attract a great deal of unwanted attention from those who intend on taking advantage of them. Mrs. Martin works with families to ensure that the more responsible members have the ability to care for those who are unable to care for themselves without depriving them of their rights or dignity. Timothy D. Martin is an active, compassionate member of his community, generously supporting the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, which he also has served as its President. Additionally, Mr. Martin is an enthusiastic supporter of City Arts of San Mateo, the nonprofit group established by the San Mateo City Council to advise on artistic matters and promote enjoyment of the arts.

Work experience

Jan 2010Present


Martin Family Law Firm

Primary responsibilty for all family law (divorce, post-judgment modifications, premarital agreements) matters, including private judging, mediation, litigation, and collaborative practice matters


Aug 1974Jun 1977


UC Hastings College of the Law