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James W. Martens

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Bismarck, ND

Martens PLLC
201 Slate Dr, Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: 701-223-2000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020
Licensed in North Dakota Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business, Estate Planning & Probate, Energy & Natural Resources, Business/Corporate, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
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Attorney Profile

Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, James W. Martens is the founder of Martens PLLC, Attorney at Law. Providing representation to clients throughout the western part of the state, including the Bakken region, he has a varied practice that encompasses estate planning and administration/probate, oil and gas transactions, real estate law, and criminal defense. Raised in North Dakota. Mr. Martens is admitted to practice in that state as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.

Mr. Martens has defended clients who have been charged by the state with misdemeanor and felony charges, and he has been able to obtain favorable results in many of his cases, including outright acquittals as well as a reduction of charges pursuant to plea agreements negotiated with the prosecution. His oil and gas experience stems in part from his prior work as a landman for a title and leasing company based in North Dakota and Montana, and he continues to draft title opinions and conveyances for his industry clients. Mr. Martens also prepares and reviews oil and gas deeds, leases, and assignments, and he handles related litigation. His estate planning and administration experience includes the preparation of wills, trusts and powers of attorney, and he guides clients through the probate process.

Mr. Martens is a graduate of Concordia College, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2003. He then went on to pursue his legal education at the University of North Dakota School of Law, and he was a member of its Student Trial Lawyers Association before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2006. Mr. Martens opened his current firm in March 2014.

Practice Areas
Real Estate: Business, Estate Planning & Probate, Energy & Natural Resources, Business/Corporate, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Overdrawn Bank Account, Probation, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


1 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020

About James W. Martens

First Admitted: 2008, North Dakota

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • North Dakota
  • American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
  • North Dakota Petroleum Counsel
  • Landman’s Association of North Dakota (LAND)
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND), Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND), Criminal Lawyers Section

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Dakota Petroleum Club


  • Super Lawyers, 2017 - Present
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award, 2015
  • Super Lawyers 2016 Great Plains Rising Stars list

Educational Background

  • Concordia College, B.A.

Industry Groups

  • Agricultural
  • Condominium Associations
  • Developers
  • Energy
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Oil & Gas
  • Private Individuals
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Office Location for James W. Martens

201 Slate Dr
Suite 2
Bismarck, ND 58503

Phone: 701-223-2000

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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