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

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

"I'm 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 am going to be okay, and I am going to land on my feet.'"

While Lisa represents clients of all ages, she particularly enjoys working with seniors. Gray Divorce (divorce between long-term spouses over age 50) can be a jarring, even traumatic, life experience. Lisa appreciates the unique circumstances and special emotions that attend divorce in this stage of life. She relates with genuine understanding to her more mature clients.

"When people divorce later in life, their whole world comes crashing down. I’m there to guide them through the process with compassion."

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.

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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."
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
"Without David and Sam, there is no way I could have made it through this exceptionally difficult time in my life. I cannot imagine two ..."
"My daughter is the sunshine of my life. I felt despair and a sense of helplessness on the day I was served. On the first appointment day ..."
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"I would like to give my sincere appreciation to Jennifer Payseno and staff. You all stood by me no matter how trying my case got. I always ..."
"Dave, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job. It has been a pleasure working with you."
"From start to finish, the team at McKinley Irvin took care of me and my family. I couldn’t ask for more. What happened in court was exactly ..."
"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
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"I am so very thankful that I chose to work with McKinley Irvin and the wonderful staff they have in place. Highly recommended!"
"A huge weight and amount of stress was lifted as soon as I hired Jamie Walker. Having her on my team was exactly the peace of mind I needed ..."
"Getting a divorce was hard enough as it is. I was nervous and just wanted to get it over with before my ex-wife thought of anything else she ..."
"[My attorney] spoke English – as oppposed to ‘legalese’. She was able to propose a number of options and alternatives for various scenarios, ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
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