ALABAMA—It is with heavy hearts we announce that Eugene “De” Martenson passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022.
Mr. Martenson practiced law at Huie Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP for more than 50 years. As an attorney, Mr. Martenson was experienced, dedicated and well-respected by his law partners and by judges and attorneys across the country. He feverishly defended his clients. Throughout his career, he took more than 250 jury trials to verdict in venues around the nation. His practice focused in the areas of automotive litigation, product liability, fraud, mass tort, class action and catastrophic injury claims.
Mr. Martenson was a member of the Alabama State Bar, Birmingham Bar Association and Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, among other organizations. He was also a member of the invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel and American Board of Trial Advocates. Additionally, Mr. Martenson was the recipient of numerous awards, including recognition from the Alabama Access to Justice Commission in 2014 for his pro bono legal efforts, selection as a member of the 2019 class of Fellows by the Alabama Law Foundation and a recipient of the 2019 Birmingham Business Journal Best of the Bar award.
Mr. Martenson earned his BA from The University of Alabama (1969) and his JD from The University of Alabama School of Law (1971).
When not involved with his law practice, Mr. Martenson lived an active lifestyle, including running the Chicago Marathon, climbing Machu Picchu and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He loved running, coaching youth sports and being outside on his farm. Mr. Martenson also shared his love of travel and exploring the world with his family. He is survived by his wife, children, seven grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.
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