WICHITA — Bob Martin has left McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn & Herrington to start his own law firm, but he hasn’t gone far.
His Law Office of Robert G. Martin officially opens Wednesday in almost 2,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.
That’s one floor below McDonald, Tinker.
“It’s a chance for me to do more of my niche,” Martin says.
He’s been at McDonald, Tinker, where he’s been a director and shareholder, since 1987.
“I’m top of the letterhead, actually.”
He says the firm primarily focuses on litigation, and that’s not his specialty.
“I’ll never do criminal law in my life again,” Martin says. “The practice of law has become specialized.”
Martin will focus on estate planning and workers compensation defense work.
“Those are the only two areas I will be emphasizing going forward.”
“Because I enjoy ’em. I’m good at it.”
He says estate planning can be more pleasant than other types of legal work.
“We call this area of the law ‘happy law,’” Martin says. “You’re making people have a better outcome for their lives and their families and their possessions. You’re proactively preventing problems.”
In the workers comp arena, he says, “I’m trying to make the best of a difficult situation.”
Martin says by starting his own firm, he’ll have more resources.
At McDonald, Tinker, he says he didn’t have as much secretarial support.
“We try to have a tight ship, and you don’t get as much support.”
At his own firm, he says, “I’m not having to share resources with other attorneys. … I end up getting better quality work for my clients.”
Martin says his new space is completely remodeled.
“It’s really updated for what we want to do,” he says. “It’s a good location. The Garvey building’s centrally located. Everybody knows where Century II is.”
The Garvey Center’s Larry Weber handled the deal for the lease.
Martin says he left McDonald, Tinker on friendly terms.
“They’re good people. McDonald, Tinker is a very good firm,” he says. “I’ve offered them my conference room anytime they need it for mediation.”