Martin L. Pierce

Martin L. Pierce

Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law, Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate...
  • Georgia, Tennessee
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Martin L. Pierce is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Tennessee Technological University in 1978. He received that institution's Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1988. Martin received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Memphis in 1981, where he was a published member of the University of Memphis Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Martin works primarily in the areas of (1) Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Elder Law, Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships and Charitable Planning, (2) Business Entity Law, including Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships, with a special emphasis on work for Nonprofits, Tax-exempt organizations and Foundations, and (3) Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans, Cafeteria Plans, Health Savings Accounts, COBRA and ERISA.

He is a Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist through the ABA-accredited National Association of Estate Planners & Councils and the Tennessee Commission on Specialization. See He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Among other professional organizations that he is a member of are the Chattanooga Estate Planning Council (Past President, 2006-07), the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners (President, 2007-08), and the National and Chattanooga Planned Giving Councils, as well as the Georgia, Tennessee and Chattanooga Bar Associations, where he is involved with the Technology, Tax and Probate, and Trust Sections.

Martin is the co-founder of several local ministries and organizations, including First Things First and the IMPACT School at Silverdale Baptist Academy. He has served on the Boards of many ministries and nonprofits, including the Chattanooga Christian School, Chattanooga Resource Foundation (Chattanooga Matters), Bethel Bible Village, Lighthouse Counseling Center, Changing the Future, Student Venture of Chattanooga (a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Optimist Club. He currently serves on the Boards of Paraclyte Ministries Counseling Resources and the Chattanooga Generous Community Initiative. Martin is also the Chairman of the Alpha Fund, a component fund of the Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation, a member of the Christian Legal Society, and he is a Budget Coach with Crown Financial Ministries. Martin is a Qualified and a Charter Member of Kingdom Advisors (formerly Christian Financial Professionals Network, CFPN) and founded and has led the Chattanooga Area Kingdom Advisors Group since its inception in 2005. See

Martin is a frequent speaker to professional groups, business organizations, civic organizations, churches and other groups on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Charitable and Planned Giving, Employee Benefits, Business entities, tax-exempt entities, nonprofits, stewardship, and financial planning topics. Additionally, he has often written articles for the online “newspaper.” See

Martin is in his 30th year of law practice in Chattanooga, where he began with Stophel, Caldwell & Heggie, P.C. in 1981. He moved to Chambliss & Bahner, PLLC in 1984 (where he became a Partner in 1987, and he was the Head of that Firm’s Tax & Estates Section for 8 years). In 1997, Stophel & Stophel, P.C. merged with Chambliss & Bahner, forming Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., where Martin practiced until 2002, when he joined the national law firm of Husch & Eppenberger, LLC (where he was Head of the Estate Planning and Employee Benefits practice areas for the Firm’s three offices in the State of Tennessee). On January 1, 2005, Martin opened his own practice to more personally and cost-effectively serve his clients. On September 1, 2010, Jodi Reece Harris joined Mr. Pierce to form the law firm of Pierce & Harris, an association of attorneys.

Martin’s office is located at 4513 Hixson Pike, Suite 109, Hixson, Tennessee 37343. His office telephone number is (423) 648-4303, and his fax number is (423) 648-4305. He may also be reached by e-mail at

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Probate
  • Business Law
  • Tax Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Low, flat fee for many common services, documents and needs! Rates from $75 per hour (Paralegal) to $350 per hour (Senior most Attorney for certain matters)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law, Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist
- Current
Husch, Blackwell, Sanders, Welsh & Katz LLP
Head of Tennessee Estate Planning & Employee Benefits Sections
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
Head of Trust & Estates Section
Stophel, Caldwell & Heggie, P.C.
University of Memphis
J.D. | Law
Honors: Law Review (published) Top 5% American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts & Ethics
Tennessee Technological University
Honors: Summa Cum Laude Highest Average in College of Arts & Sciences
Young Alumnus of the Year
Tennessee Technological University
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar # 009608
Chattanooga Estate Planning Council
President 2006-07
- Current
Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
President 2007-08
- Current
Estate Planning
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Martin L. Pierce, Attorney at Law
4513 Hixson Pike
Suite 109
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Telephone: (423) 648-4303