Marc Christianson began practicing family law in 1976. He has distinguished
himself as one of Washington's premier divorce and family law attorneys,
widely admired for both his skill and professionalism. Marc is a Fellow
of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been rated AV®
Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell®, a peer review rating distinguishing
him as an attorney rated at the highest level of professional experience
and ethical conduct.
Marc focuses his practice on divorce and family law matters with complex
or unique property distribution, spousal maintenance, or support issues.
He is trained and experienced in using mediation, arbitration, and collaborative
law as alternative methods of dispute resolution in divorce cases. Marc
primarily serves clients from the McKinley Irvin law office in
Marc's perennial success as a family law attorney stems from both a
history of achieving successful results for his clients, as well as providing
a high level of personal service to each client.
"I believe in meticulous, tenacious representation regardless of whether
a case is resolved by settlement or litigation," says Marc. "I
also understand the stress each client experiences during a family law
case. Each client deserves to be treated with respect and compassion,
which is how I interact with my clients."
With more than 20 years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator, he
is frequently sought out to mediate or arbitrate in family law cases.
He also has served for many years as both a Superior Court Commissioner
Pro Tempore and Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore.
In addition to his litigation practice, Marc is trained as a Collaborative
Divorce lawyer, and is an active member of the International Academy of
Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals of Washington,
and Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County.
As the firm's Law Practice Managing Partner, Marc also leads our attorneys
in practice development, training and mentoring, as well as consulting
on cases and ensuring the firm's high standards of quality.
Marc has served as President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
He is also a founder and first chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Family Law Section. Marc received his law degree in 1974 from Seattle
University School of Law. After graduation, he was selected to serve as
clerk to U.S. Federal District Judge George H. Boldt. Marc then entered
private law practice in Tacoma in 1976.