Lagina graduated with honor in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineering. While a student at MTU he
was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. He continued
his education in the filed of law and received his Juris Doctorate,
with honor, from the University of Michigan in 1982. Marty
began his career working as a petroleum engineer for Amoco
Production Company. In 1979, while attending law school, he
was an independent petroleum engineer doing consulting engineering
work for various Michigan corporations. In 1982 Marty founded
Terra Energy Ltd., an oil and gas exploration and production
company. Terra Energy designed and implemented many of the
technical advances, which allowed Antrim Shale gas to be a
commercially viable major resource in the State of Michigan.
Terra Energy was sold to CMS Energy in 1995, at which time
Terra was the largest operator of gas wells in Michigan. He
currently is the majority owner of Chartwell Properties, L.L.C.
He is a past chairman of the Michigan Oil and Gas Assoc, and
is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
Society of Petroleum Engineers, the State Bar of Michigan,
and a member of the MTU Board of Control and Presidents Club.