Resolving Consumer & Small Business Legal Issues

Serving clients in Bellevue, Seattle and throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties

Bio and Background

I was raised by hard working self-employed entrepreneurial parents in the quiet suburban community of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, some 25 west of Chicago.  After high school, I served in the U.S. Navy from 1976-1981 as a jet engine mechanic working on P-3A/B, KC-130H and UH-1 "Huey"  aircraft. 

After earning a B.S. in Marketing from Northern Illinois University in 1987, and after spending several years working at my father's fastener manufacturing plant in Carol Stream, Illinois, I left the midwest for the Seattle area in 1990.  Soon after, I started a small manufacturer's rep agency in 1991 that later developed into ICG Corporation, a wholesale industrial and electrical fastener master distributor.

After several years of nurturing and driving ICG Corporation, I sought out less of a managerial life in a static industry and more of a 'hands-on' role in a dynamic one.  By early 2003, I was making preparations for a third career in the legal field.  

Admitted to Seattle University's Law School in May, 2004, I attended classes part time evenings year-round while running the industrial distributorship during the day.  ICG Corporation was sold to a private investor in late 2007; I graduated with my J.D. in December, 2008 and was admitted to the Washington bar in 2009.  

I was fortunate enough to obtain an internship/externship and work with two outstanding attorneys specializing in consumer law and bankruptcy from 2008-2009 before opening the Law Office of Fred Martens at the end of 2009

My clients know that I like happy, satisfied clientele and the personal satisfaction that comes from doing the job right.

My Attorney-Client Philosophy

The need to seek out and hire an attorney arises out of what are often uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing situations.  When you retain me as your legal counsel, my primary objectives are to act effectively as an advocate on your behalf and obtain the best possible outcome for you within the boundaries of the law.  

I also know the importance of having a good 'fit' in the attorney-client relationship and don't take liberties with your hard earned income by engaging in pointless activities that will achieve little in the way of results.  I enjoy having cllients that take an active interest in their cases and want to work with their attorney on a collaborative basis.  

As the client, you want more than merely competent representation by an attorney who recognizes these objectives as well.  You also want your attorney to communicate effectively with you, to return your calls or emails as promptly as possible, and to respond to your concerns or explain foreign legal concepts in plain language.  You'd probably also find it refreshing if your attorney didn't act like the stereotypical lawyer, either.

I get it, and I think you'll get a sense of that from the first time we talk. 

Law Office of Fred Martens 

Office: 14040 NE 8th St, Suite 211 Bellevue, WA 98007

Mail: P.O. Box 6416 Bellevue, WA 98008-6416

Phone: 1.206.300.2733

Fax: 1.425.732.4520


Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, by appointment

Evening and Weekend Appointments available on a limited basis.

SMS: to have contact information sent to your mobile device, text "FJMLAW' to 50500.

Member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates