Licensed Master of Social Work
Marty is passionate about many things and if you come to know him, it's plain to see his first passion is family. Born in NYC in 1950, he married his Texas sweetheart Pam at a June wedding in 1973. They made the Greater Austin area their family's home for over three decades & are immensely proud of their two adult children & three grandchildren who also live there.
You would also find that he is passionate about Social Justice. Before becoming an attorney in 1991, Mr. Cirkiel was a social worker. He first interned at the Travis State School and after graduating with his MSW, he became a clinician at the Brenham State School. In both schools, he worked closely with individuals with severe disabilities and their families.
In 1984, Marty became the Director of the Williamson County Mental Health Center, which at the time was part of the Community Services Department of the Austin State Hospital (the predecessor of Bluebonnet Trails MHMR). He continues to maintain his Social Work Licensure as an Advanced Practitioner.
The Law is certainly one of his passions. After earning his law degree, he was hired by the QA Division of the Texas Dept. of MHMR where he investigated patient rights violations in psychiatric facilities. Working closely with the AG’s Office, & later the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Marty assisted in the litigation of health care fraud claims and deceptive trade practices against private providers. After a brief stint with the TX Dept. of Health, he became General Counsel for Charter Medical Corp.
Marty takes a large amount of pride in his work as he passionately applies his skill set to serve the community. In 1995, he began to work in private practice, collaborating with attorneys across Texas in the successful litigation of patient rights violations in various mental health facilities. Marty is known by his peers to be a tireless attorney who fairly but zealously advocates for the rights and entitlements of adults and children with disabilities.
Finally, it would be a disservice not to mention that Marty is a passionate sports fan who supports many local-area teams including the Longhorns, the Spurs, Austin FC, and the Round Rock Express. He's also a Yankees fan -- but don't hold it against him because what else can you be as a boy from the Bronx?
Certified to receive appointments as an Attorney and Guardian Ad Litem in Guardianship, Elder Law, Mental Health & Mental Retardation and Child Protective Services cases
C hair, State Bar of TX Disability Issues Committee
Board of Directors, Round Rock Health Clinic
Board of Directors, Jewish Family Services
B.A., Ottawa University, 1981
MSSW, University of Texas, 1983
J.D. St. Mary's University, 1991
State Bar of Texas
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Courts
Magistrate, Mental Health Court, Travis County
Adjunct Professor, SSW, University of Texas
Adj. Professor, Alt. Dispute Resolution Program, SMU Instructor, TX Municipal Courts Education Center
Travis County Bar Association
Williamson County Bar Association
American Bar Association (ABA)
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
Council of Parents, Advocates & Attorneys (COPAA)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)