Wendell P. “Chip” Martens, Jr.

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Chip Martens joined the Edwards Law Firm in 2002. He now has nearly 20 years of experience litigating products liability, commercial truck wrecks, as well as corporate energy disputes and complex commercial cases. He is a strong consumer advocate and consistently demonstrates his ability to successfully represent his clients through trial. Readily admitting to being a “car nut,” Chip feels very fortunate to be able to practice law in an area that blends perfectly with his favorite hobby. Automotive products liability is his favorite area of practice.

Chip began his consumer advocacy career as a founder and President of the Public Interest Law Society at his law school. He also interned with the Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in Washington D.C. Today, Chip continues to actively support this group. Earlier in his career, Chip spent five years with another nationally recognized products liability firm before joining our firm. While there, he litigated hundreds of automotive products cases, including many of the highly publicized Ford/Firestone Wilderness ATX tire cases.

Chip assisted former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Joan Claybrook  in preparation for her presentations in the September 2000 House and Senate hearings on Ford/Firestone. Chip also helped successfully represent Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine) when Isuzu sued them for critical reviews of the 1995 and 1996 Isuzu Trooper.

Chip is a member of numerous automotive clubs and associations, including SAE, SCCA, BMWCCA and PCA. He participates in amateur track, autocross, and road rally events. Chip and his wife like to travel, and participate in road rally and club events all across the country. He makes an effort to attend the largest international auto shows each year, including the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Detroit Auto Show and the Pebble Beach Councours d’Elegance.

Chip and his wife live in Corpus Christi and Arlington, Texas.

Practice Area

  • Personal Injury

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Texas State Courts
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • American Association of Justice
  • Society of Automotive Engineers