It is with heavy hearts we announce that Eugene “De” Martenson passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022. Although deeply saddened, we are greatly honored to be able to carry his legacy forward at HUIE.
De practiced law at Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP for more than 50 years. As an attorney, he 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.
De 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, De 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.
De 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, De 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. He 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.
Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, July 21st at Dawson Church in Homewood, immediately followed by a memorial service at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in De’s honor to the following organizations: Dawson (Chapel Choir Scholarship Fund), the Jimmie Hale Mission and Cornerstone Schools of Alabama.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to De’s family, friends and colleagues.