Angie Martell is an experienced attorney and mediator with over 30 years of legal experience. Angie is the founder and managing partner of Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC. She is a results driven and creative problem solver with a proven record who excels at strategy and exploring innovative solutions to every day problems. Angie graduated with a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School, a Juris Doctorate degree from the City University of New York Law School, a Masters in Media from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from New York University. She is fluent in Spanish, American Sign Language, and Portuguese.
She is an eternal optimist who believes that as lawyers change how they practice law so must the law change and if the law changes transforming it transforms the world. She believes that “if the hammer is the only tool in your box then every problem begins to look like a nail.” Angie started her legal career as a civil rights lawyer and has worked extensively in the areas of in-house general counsel matters, civil rights, family law, LGBT issues, employee rights, criminal defense, mediation, and arbitration. She has litigated in State Courts, Criminal Courts, District Courts, Circuit Courts, Federal Courts, and Administrative Tribunals.
- Licensed to practice law in
- New York
- The District Court of Puerto Rico
- Admitted to:
- U.S. Supreme Court
- United States District Court of Eastern Michigan
- United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- The District Court in the District of Massachusetts
- A Member of:
- The State Bar of Michigan
- The American Bar Association
- The Washtenaw County Bar Association
- The National LGBT Bar Association
- A Past Member of:
- The Board of Directors of the Hispanic Bar Association
- The American Immigration Lawyers Association
- The Washtenaw Region of the Women’s Law Association of Michigan
- The Stonewall Bar Association
- The Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
- Is the recipient of The Washtenaw County Bar Association’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” Award for oustanding service in the community and dedication to building trust and respect between the community and the legal system and for tireless devotion to the cause of social justice to secure the fair and equal treatment for all individuals under the law.
- Completed 40 hour Training Workshop on Domestic Relations Mediation Training, General Civil Mediation Training, 8 hours Domestic Violence Screening Training, Interdisciplinary Training and Domestic Collaborative Practice Training.
- Completed the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate and Family Certificate Programs
- Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.
- Past Cooperating Attorney with LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund: co-wrote the amicus brief, In the Matter of Sharon Kowalski, Court of Appeals for the State of Minnesota.
- Certified by International Association of Reiki Professionals as a Reiki Master.
- Chair-elect Legal Council of the State Bar of Michigan LGBTQA Section
- Certified in Conscious Contracts Training
- Certified in Peacemaking Circles
Achievements & Notable Cases
In Re: The Matter of Guardianship of Sharon Kowalski, Amicus Brief,
Court of Appeals of State of Minnesota
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION and City of New York, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. LOCAL 638, etc., Defendants, Local 28, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association of New York City, Inc., and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association of Long island, Inc., (collectively the “Contractors’ Associations”); Local Union No. 28, and Sheet Metal Workers’ International; Defendants-Appellants. Nos. 401, 402, 718, Dockets 95-6047, 95-6049, 95-6135.United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Argued Sept. 26, 1995. Decided April 10, 1996.
877 F.Supp. 143 (1995) -The PEOPLE of the State of New York, by Dennis C. VACCO, Attorney General of the State of New York, Plaintiff, v. The MID HUDSON MEDICAL GROUP, P.C. Defendant, United States District Court, S.D. New York, February 6, 1995. Dennis C. Vacco, Atty. Gen., of the State of N.Y., New York City, Michael A. Schwartz, Angie I. Martell, Asst. Attys. Gen., of counsel for plaintiff.
Dep’t of Correction v. Fulton, OATH Index No. 513/02 (Mar. 13, 2002), aff’d, NYC Civ. Serv. Comm’n Item No. CD03-92-SA
(Sept. 18, 2003). (PDF, 68 KB)
Dep’t of Correction v. Miller
OATH Index No. 1209/03 (Aug.13, 2003), aff’d, NYC Civ. Serv. Comm’n Item No. CD 04-43-SA
(July 12, 2004) (PDF, 93 KB)
In the Matter of Dana. G.M., Appellant
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department. April 3, 1995
In the Media
MLive.com – Oct 10, 2019: Judge won’t order UM to provide more evidence in Climate Strike trespassing case
The Michigan Daily – October 10, 2019: Climate Strike demonstrators’ attorney raises concerns over evidence during final pretrial
The Michigan Daily – April 29, 2015: Ann Arbor community members discuss same-sex marriage opening arguments
Between the Lines News – April 23, 2015: The Road after SCOTUS Decision
The Michigan Daily – April 15, 2015: Panel discusses legal issues for LGBTQ individuals
Between the Lines News – September 18, 2014: Nearing Agricultural Nirvana with Dolly The Llama
Washtenaw County Legal News – April 21, 2014: Monday Profile: Angie Martell
Washtenaw County Legal News – July 1, 2013: DOMA down – Michigan Couple awaits impact of Supreme Court decision
Jackson County Legal News – April 1, 2013: Attorneys discuss Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage
The Importance of Cultural Competency for Attorneys
We are a Nation of Immigrants and We Should not be Relegated to Live in the Shadows
After Supreme Court’s Ruling on DOMA, Where Are We?
Practicing From the Heart: Expanding the Lawyer’s Tool Box –
Lawyers As Peacemakers, Problem Solvers, and Healers of Conflict