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Brian C. Martel

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Brian C. Martel is a Partner in Torchin Martel Orr and specializes in Family Law. Brian has devoted 100% of his professional practice to family law and related matters, including all aspects of divorce, separation, custody and parenting time, spousal and child support, equitable distribution of property, prenuptial agreements, mediation, arbitration, domestic violence, post-judgment matters and appeals. Brian understands that your divorce and family-related matter can be an extremely emotional and financially trying time in your life. He treats all of his clients with the utmost professionalism, dignity and respect, while at the same time he vigorously advocates for his client’s interests and protects his client’s rights.​

Prior to entering private practice, Brian served as Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Edward V. Torack, J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division – Family Part. Through that experience, Brian developed valuable insight into the Court’s analysis and disposition of complex legal and procedural issues.  Brian received his Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, where he was elected to serve as the Chief Justice for the “Inter-Fraternity Council” through which he presided over Disciplinary Hearings and helped redraft the Fraternity and Sorority systems social policy. Brian prides himself on strongly advocating for the best interests of children and his honest and straight-forward approach with his clients. Brian works with each of his clients to create an individualized and strategic approach based on the specific circumstances and facts of each case with a goal of achieving an amicable and cost-effective resolution. Brian frequently works with some of the premiere mediators and arbitrators in the area, but in the unfortunate event a case cannot be settled, Brian has extensive litigation and trial experience in the New Jersey Superior Courts and Appellate Division​

Brian volunteers his time to serve as an Early Settlement Panelist in Bergen County, during which he reviews pending divorce and family law cases to make recommendations regarding potential settlement. Brian has also been appointed by the Superior Court to serve as an Attorney-in-Fact to intervene and assist in high-conflict cases.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, Seton Hall University School of Law

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, College Park

Bar Admissions

  • State of New Jersey

  • State of New York

Bar Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association (Family Law Section)

  • Member, New York State Bar Association

  • Bergen County Bar Association

  • Barrister, Barry I. Croland Family Inn of Court​

Practice Areas

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized by ExExperts Divorce Attorney Network

  • New Jersey Super Lawyer (2018-2024)

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2009-2013, 2015-2017)

  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top 10 Attorneys Under Age 40 – (2014)

“I could not have gotten through this situation without him. Thank you, Brian!”
- ANTONIO
“With Brian, you have found the right advocate for you and your children— the one who listens to what you want, advises you well, and has your best interest at heart.”
- JULIE
“Besides his abundance of family law experience, Brian is an involved father, which made it easier to discuss sensitive parenting time and custody issues. There's no need to explain. He just gets it. I strongly recommend Brian for all family law cases, but Brian Martel represented me in my recent divorce.”
- RACHEL