Judd R. Marten – Retired

Practice Areas:Judd Marten retired from the
practice of law in 2017.

Mr. Marten retired from the practice of law in 2017. He began his law career in Seattle in 1979, after graduating from the University of Puget Sound and earning his master’s degree in taxation at Boston University’s School of Law. He was a shareholder at LeSourd & Patten and has been a part of the firm since 1983.

Mr. Marten is an authority on the tax aspects of pension and profit-sharing plans, deferred compensation, and coordinating the retirement plan and IRAs with the estate plan. He has a wide range of experience in the design and implementation of complex estate plans, and employee benefit plans.

Honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in tax law and employee benefits, Mr. Marten takes his expertise to the classroom as well. He has been a faculty member of the Golden Gate University Graduate School of Taxation since 1986, and has also taught classes online through the CyberCampus program. In 1999, Mr. Marten joined the adjunct faculty at the Seattle University School of Law.

An active speaker and writer in his fields, Mr. Marten is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. His practice included the full range of tax planning for corporations, partnerships, and individuals, with an emphasis in estate planning.

A resident of West Seattle with his wife, Marishka, Judd enjoys restoring British sports cars and interacting with his students at the Seattle University Law School and in the Golden Gate University graduate tax program.


  • Boston University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1979
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., 1968


  • Super Lawyers 2002-2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-2013 Editions,
    Tax and Employee Benefits Sections
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rating

Presentations & Publications
Mr. Marten regularly speaks to professional groups about estate planning, retirement planning, employee benefits planning and related matters. Some of his more recent presentations are set out below.

  • “Planning Update: What About Small/Medium Sized Estate of Washington Residents?,” Washington Society of CPAs Tax Section, July 16, 2013.
  • “Personal Estate Planning for 99%—Retirement Accounts,” King County Bar Association, May 10, 2013.
  • “Charitable Planning with IRAs,” Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation Philanthropic and Legacy Planning Conference for Professional Advisors, June 1, 2012
  • “Coordinating IRAs with the Estate Plan,” Golden Gate University (February 6, 2013), The Group, Inc. (January 26, 2013), North Central Washington Estate Planning Council (May 16, 2012)
  • “Incorporating Retirement Benefits into the Estate Plan and Drafting Tips for Retirement Benefit Trusts,” Washington State Bar Association, December 7, 2011
  • “Estate and Gift Taxes Explained,” Washington Accounting and Tax Seminars, December 5, 2011“Implementation of the Estate Plan: After the Client Signs – What Now? [Beneficiary Designations for Retirement Plans],” Washington State Bar Association, December 6, 2010
  • “Qualified Plans and IRAs–Planning, Pitfalls and Traps During Life and After Death [Income and Excise Taxes–For the Participant/IRA Owner; Income, Excise and Estate Taxes–For the Family],” Washington State Bar Association, September 30, 2010
  • “Estate Planning for IRAs and Retirement Plans,” Walla Wall Estate Planning Council, May 20, 2010; Washington Women in Tax, March 17, 2010;  Seattle Tax Group, January 25, 2010; Washington Society of CPAs, Taxation Committee, October 19, 2009
  • “Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques Seminar – ‘IRAs and Retirement Plans’,” National Business Institute, August 14, 2009
  • “Estate & Trust Developments,” Golden Gate University, June 13, 2008
  • “Planning in an Uncertain Estate Tax Climate,” Seattle University School of Law, November 9, 2007
  • “Using the Living Trust to Control or Manage Retirement Assets After Death,” Washington State Bar Association – Living Trusts, August 23, 2007
  • “Coordinating the Retirement Plan/IRA Benefits with the Will, Trust, and Estate Plan,” Financial Planning Association of Puget Sound, May 18, 2007; Golden Gate University, November 10, 2006; Boeing Employees/Retirees, July 18, 2006; Walla Walla Valley Estate Planning Council, April 25, 2006; Washington State Bar Association–Elder Law Issues in Estate Planning, January 28, 2005; Washington State Tax Consultants 2004 Convention, June 9, 2004; National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, January 29, 2004
  • “IRAs and Qualified Plan: Post 70½ Issues; Death Issues; Beneficiary Designation Issues/Rules Where Special Needs Trust or Supplemental Care Trust is Named as Beneficiary,” Washington State Bar Association, Annual Elder Care Law Section Meeting, September 20, 2002
  • “Estate Planning Under EGTRRA with Emphasis on Qualified Plans & IRAs,” International Group of Accounting Firms, January 8, 2002


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Seattle

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State