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Holly Martin

God seemed to lead Holly to the practice of law.  She feels more fulfilled by helping clients as a lawyer than she can imagine in any other walk of life.   She loved mathematics in high school, and majored in Computer Science in college, but she has always loved people.  Her love of order was a good fit with her love of people and gives her a unique skill blend to help apply the law to find solutions to people’s problems.  She gravitated to the kind of law that helps people when they are hurting:  family law, bankruptcy law, accidents and wrongful death, wills and trusts.  And since she has three adopted children, she loves that also, of course.

Family law gives Holly the opportunity to counsel people on her passion of becoming all they can be, learning to deal with new boundaries while healing old wounds and helping their children heal.   Of course, having to “get tough” often comes with the territory, and helping someone take a stand against a bad situation is also rewarding.  Faith is also important, since no outcomes are guaranteed, and being able to help others find peace in difficult situations is important to her.

Bankruptcy has also been near and dear to Holly’s heart, because she knows the heartache of not being able to sleep due to worry about finances, a result of the almost crushing debts she had after law school.  Again, she enjoys sharing her faith, as well as helping clients gain control and dignity back in their lives.

Having been involved in accidents and having had her stepfather die due to someone else’s negligence, Holly knows how frustrating insurance companies can be.  Accident and personal injury law allows her to help others through such difficult times.  Trusts, wills, power of attorney, living wills, etc. have become more and more important to protect her own family and she has seen first-hand how they can be a lifesaver at very trying times.

For Holly, helping people as a lawyer in family, bankruptcy, personal injury, accident, wills, trust and adoption law gives great joy since it allows her to help people succeed through difficult times and get their dignity back.

“Personally, God has blessed me and I see the evidence of those blessings daily. I enjoy spending time with my husband, my kids and my grandkids. My husband and I also have a group of friends that focus on ballroom dancing, especially West Coast Swing, and we have gone to competitions in our area with our friends. Hot summer evenings are likely to find us riding our Harley Davidson motorcycles. In fact, in the summer of 2014, we completed a loop up to Canada and back on our bikes!”

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Outside the office, Holly likes to spend time with her family, especially the new grandchildren.  She enjoys singing to them and playing with them and sitting around with her family watching for the next baby smile.   Here is her synopsis of why being a grandparent is so wonderful:

“As a grandmother, I get to enjoy my own children all over again.  I get to see my own little child’s faces in their children.  I get to see my children’s adult joy in their own children.  I get to show my adult children how much I loved them when they were small by how I love on their children.   And because I am older and wiser (and am sleeping more!), I am not as afraid as I was when my children were little.  I am just enjoying my grandchildren, not worrying.  Being a grandmother is very special, and I am glad the good Lord allowed me to have this experience.”

Before grandchildren, the family used to love four-wheeling and dirt bike riding, boating, and horseback riding but those activities are probably going to take a backseat for a few years. They still enjoy ballroom dancing, but enjoyed it the most when teaching their teens and their friends and carting them all around to dances.  Now, with their kids grown and with families of their own, they mostly focus on family gatherings and shared meals.  They thank God for putting their family together.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Bankruptcy
  • Divorce / Custody
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury / Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1989
  • Missouri, 1990
  • Arkansas, 1989
  • U.S. Tax Courts, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1987

Education

  • Michigan State University, 1976 B.S.
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Arkansas School of Law, 1987
  • Major: J.D.
  • Honors: Cum Laude

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