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Michael D. Martin

Michael D. Martin

 Michael D. Martin is a licensed attorney and partner at Martin, Earl & Stilwell, LLP, in The Woodlands, Texas. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. An accomplished estate and probate attorney with more than 25 years of experience, since 1991 Mr. Martin has counseled affluent families and small businesses, in The Woodlands and throughout the state of Texas on matters involving taxes, estate planning, trusts, business formation, choice of entity selection, business succession planning and asset protection. Mr. Martin also advises clients on sophisticated charitable planning strategies and is an ardent advocate for social enterprise investing. Mr. Martin was counsel of record, along with colleagues Carol Cantrell (also associated with the firm) and Dr. Peter Rubin, in Knight v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 128 S. Ct. 782 (2008), relating to the deductibility of investment advisory fees by trustees of non-grantor trusts. In 2015, he was elected as a Texas Super Lawyer.

     After graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1973 from The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Martin earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1979. Mr. Martin is licensed to practice in the Texas state courts, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He belongs to a number of professional organizations including The Woodlands Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. Enthusiastic about sharing his legal knowledge with others, Mr. Martin has delivered presentations on a variety of topics for continuing legal education and other professional seminars.

     Mr. Martin is actively involved in his local community and charitable organizations. He is a founding member and former director of The Woodlands Bar Association and participates in The Woodlands Bar Association’s pro bono "Wills for Heroes" project, in which volunteer attorneys draft legal documents and provide estate planning services for “first responders” in the local community. Mr. Martin also works with the Montgomery County Food Bank, the U.S.G.B.C.’s local green building council (the Piney Woods Branch) and is active in his local church.

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