David Starks is a Partner at McKinley Irvin, a Fellow of the American Academy
of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a Diplomat in the American College of Family
Trial Lawyers. He focuses his practice in the firm's
Bellevue law offices on divorce cases involving difficult custodial matters and
the protection, valuation and distribution of significant assets and business
Early in his legal career David gained significant experience in maritime
and securities law in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations,
through the National Association of Securities Dealers. His litigation,
arbitration and negotiation experience in family, business and commercial
law make him particularly well qualified to represent divorce clients
with financial, business, executive compensation or spousal maintenance
interests at stake.
David also continues to enjoy assisting clients through the challenges
they face in other family law matters, including parenting modifications,
relocations and other matrimonial litigation.
His passion for resolving complex family law matters has led David to routinely
represent clients with international divorce and family law issues in
both state and federal court.
David is the only fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
in Washington State and one of a very small number of U.S. family law
attorneys whose practice includes international family law and treaties,
including the various Hague Conventions on abduction, maintenance, and
the protection of children. He routinely assists in the local recovery
of foreign support and maintenance awards.
David is an active member of the International Law Section of the American
Bar Association, having previously served as the Co-Chair of that section’s
Family Law Committee. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon
David lives in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle with his wife and two sons.