Rita Herrera Irvin

Founder & CEO

Portland | Seattle | Tacoma

Interesting notes about Rita:
Favorite weekend activity: Reading the New York Times cover to cover
Can't live without: Early morning walks
Pets: A Golden Retriever named Duke

About Rita Herrera Irvin

Rita is a founding partner and CEO of McKinley Irvin. With an eye toward the future, Rita works with the firm's leadership team to maintain McKinley Irvin’s commitment to excellence in law practice, client service, professionalism, and firm management. In addition to her work at McKinley Irvin, Rita is deeply involved in the Tacoma community and has served as a director on several local and professional boards. She currently serves on the Legal Pathways Community Advisory Board and as a Dressel Scholars Mentor at the University of Washington Tacoma. Additionally, Rita founded MI’s Black Law Student Mentorship Program where she also serves as a Mentor.

In summing up McKinley Irvin’s practice philosophy, Rita says, “While our personal styles may differ, every member of the McKinley Irvin team is dedicated to practicing with professional integrity, and to serving every client with respect, compassion, and zeal. It’s that simple, and it’s that important.”

"We believe families are the root of civilization, that healthy families create healthy communities, and that communities are the foundation of the country. Therefore, by helping one family at a time, we better our society as a whole." McKinley Irvin Mission Statement

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  • Advisor, Legal Pathways Community Advisory Board, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Board Member, Charles Wright Academy
  • Former Trustee, Tacoma Art Museum
  • Past Board Member, Centro Latino
  • Former Superior Court Family Law Commissioner Pro Tempore

Volunteer Activities

  • Founder and mentor, McKinley Irvin Black Law Student Mentor Program, Seattle University School of Law
  • Dressel Scholars Mentor, University of Washington Tacoma
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  • Seattle University School of Law '91
  • University of Baltimore, Magna Cum Laude, English/Corporate Communications '87
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Washington's Best Workplaces 2023
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2024
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
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