Martin Edwards, JD, CES®

Martin Edwards, JD, CES®

Managing Director

Martin Edwards Managing Director at Accruit

Martin Edwards, commonly known as Marty Edwards, is an attorney and one of our key 1031 Exchange subject matter experts, bringing over 35 years' experience in the 1031 exchange field. He enjoys teaching others more about the 1031 industry, including all of the historical factoids about how it has changed (and how it hasn't) over the past 100 years. He also contributes regularly to our blog, so be sure to keep an eye out for his latest articles.

Martin Edwards joined Accruit through Accruit’ s purchase of North Star Deferred Exchange from BMO Financial Group in October of 2011. Marty started North Star in early 1998 and brings over 35 years’ experience in the field of land trust and tax deferred exchange administration. By his estimate, he has facilitated over 15,000 conventional Forward Exchanges and 1,000 Reverse and Property Improvement Exchanges.

A 1977 graduate of the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., Marty has written and spoken extensively on the subject of tax deferred exchanges. Marty is a Certified Exchange Specialist® through the Federation of Exchange Accommodators. Marty is a current member and past board member of the Federation of Exchange Accommodators.

Marty’s publications include “Tax-Free Exchange of Real Estate” (Real Estate Financing. Matthew Bender & Company, 2004), Land Trust Administration (IICLE, 1999); The Compleat Lawyer, a publication of the American Bar Association; the Real Estate Finance Journal, a Warren Gorham Lamont publication; the Communiqué, the Official Magazine of the Women’s Council of Realtors; the ISBA Real Property Newsletter; the DCBA Brief, the DuPage County Bar Journal, and author of the IICLE Handbook on Land Trust Administration.

Marty has lectured at events sponsored by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators, National Business Institute, the annual McDonald’s CPA Conference, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bankers Association, Office of the Illinois Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Real Estate Lawyer’s Association, Community Investment Corporation, PwC, BDO Seidman, CBIZ Attorneys’ Title (Advocus), Chicago Bar Association LandmarkDividend. BEI Exit Planning Strategy, Lorman Education Services and Apex CLE, Inc.

Marty is a long time member of Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA), he has been privileged to present to other members the half day “boot camp” on reverse exchanges and construction/improvement exchanges for the last four years at the FEA annual conference. He also received the 2022 award known as The Margo McDonnell Certified Exchange Specialist® Award in Recognition of Extraordinary Service to the 1031 Exchange Industry.

In his time away from the office, Marty is an avid reader who enjoys playing basketball and tennis, spending time with his family and when time has permitted been a volunteer at the Northfield Township Food Pantry, a non-profit organization that fights hunger and serves the Illinois communities of Glenview, Northbrook, and Northfield.