Lisa E. Martin

Senior Attorney


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Interesting notes about Lisa:
Top bucket list item: Explore/travel Asia
Favorite team: Any sport team my daughter is playing on
Best concert: U2 - 360 Tour - Seattle
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About Lisa E. Martin

Clients and colleagues of Lisa Martin frequently comment on her intuitive ability “to step into someone else’s shoes and genuinely feel their pain.” It’s a skill central to the successful practice of family law.

"When it comes to working effectively with clients, the empathy piece cannot be overemphasized,” contends this veteran attorney who practices out of the firm’s Vancouver office. “Fortunately, it comes naturally for me—not just on the job but in all areas of my life.

"I look at my clients as individuals, respecting where they presently are in their lives and supporting their future goals and aspirations. Instead of judging, I offer my compassion and diplomacy, my patience and legal skill to help resolve family law disputes many never dreamed they would encounter."

While Lisa represents clients of all ages, she says she especially enjoys working with seniors, many of whom are high net worth individuals facing the first legal challenge of their lifetimes. Gray Divorce (separation between long-term spouses over age 50), she concedes, can be “particularly jarring, even traumatic.”

"I especially appreciate the unique circumstances and deep-seeded sentiments of my more mature clients,” notes this mother of a teenage daughter whose favorite out-of-the-office activity is “sitting by the fire, watching a little TV, and basically chilling out” after a predictably long work day. “I can help them see the proverbial forest through the trees and, in the process, position them to move forward with their lives, confident in the belief they are going to be OK."

A Northwest native dating back five generations, Lisa boasts an impressive list of legal wins accrued during a 20-year family law career. Licensed to practice in both Washington and Oregon, this member of the McKinley Irvin team since 2017 (“…when I landed my ultimate dream job!”) has represented scores of clients who applaud her dedication, empathy, tenacity, and sheer legal talent.

Said one satisfied client: “Lisa Martin was the best part of my difficult divorce. She helped resolve my case with minimal drama and advocated for me and my future during the entire process.”

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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Multnomah County Bar Association, 2004 - 2013
  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum County Bar Association, 1999 - 2002


  • Vice President/President Elect, Cowlitz-Wahkiakum County Bar Association, 2001-2002
  • Board Member, Cowlitz-Wahkiakum County Legal Aid Program, 2000-2002
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  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Arizona
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Publications & Presentations


  • Author, Providing Equal Justice for the Domestic Violence Victim: Due Process and the Victim's Right to Counsel, 34 Gonz. L. Rev. 329, 1999
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
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