About Jennifer Payseno

Behind Jennifer Payseno's calm and deliberate demeanor are the intellect and ability of one of Seattle's finest family law attorneys. Practicing since 1992 and affiliated with McKinley Irvin since 1999, the former trustee of the King County Bar Association is highly regarded throughout the family law community for her integrity, courtroom skills, and unwavering commitment to the families she serves. She represents clients in the Seattle and Bellevue offices.

"The first thing I do is create a rapport with my clients, who are often under significant stress," Jennifer notes. "I work hard to establish an environment of trust and ease, which helps me focus quickly on their hopes, fears, and expectations so we can begin developing an effective case strategy."

While Jennifer is a caring legal advisor to her clients, she is at the same time an intense and effective advocate.

"I leave no stone unturned when representing my clients' vital interests. Sometimes we go to court; sometimes we don't. But we are always prepared, no matter what the circumstances. That is how we maximize results."

Jennifer says she chose to practice family law so that she could make a fundamental and positive difference in the lives of her clients. One of the most appealing aspects of the practice, she says, is its exceptional variety, both in terms of circumstances and people.

"Every case is different. On any given day, I might be dealing with business interests, real estate investments, stock options, parenting plans, or tax issues. What never changes, however, are my beliefs in putting my clients first and negotiating from a position of strength."

Founding partner Sands McKinley is an unabashed admirer of his colleague's skill and savvy. "We met Jennifer years ago when she was the opposing attorney in a case," he recalls. "She was an extremely tough opponent, exceptionally well prepared, well-respected by the court, and a steadfast client advocate. She understood how to develop case strategy and execute it effectively. In sum, she was-and is-a real pro. We knew she belonged at McKinley Irvin, and we had the good fortune of persuading her to join us."

Education & Experience


  • Member, King County Judicial Screening Committee
  • Treasurer, King County Bar Association, 2013
  • Chair, King County Judicial Screening Committee, 2009-2010
  • Trustee, King County Bar Association, 2000-2003
  • President, South King County Bar Association 1998-1999

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, King County Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Volunteer, King County Legal Clinic 1998-2006
  • Former Coordinator, South King County Legal Clinic


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., Georgia Southern University

Honors & Awards

Awards and Distinctions

  • Distinguished as Washington Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers®, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • WSBA Random Acts of Professionalism Award, 2005

In the Media

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, "Marital Agreements: Pre and Post Enforcement and Requirements," Washington Bar Association Community Property CLE, April 2011
  • Author, "Divorce and Economic Recession," King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, January 2009
  • Presenter, "Advanced Family Law Ethics," Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE, October 2007
  • Presenter, "Ethical Considerations," Relationship Agreements Seminar, Seattle, October 2007

In the News

  • Jennifer Payseno talks about pre-nups on Good in Your Neighborhood on KMPS radio , November 23, 2008

Latest posts by Jennifer Payseno

Searching for Hidden Assets in a Divorce

Hidden Assets

“Is my spouse hiding assets?”  Many people contemplating divorce or already involved in divorce proceedings may ask that unsettling question.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways to search for hidden assets in a divorce. Searching in Available Documents A … Read More ›

9 Financial Tips for Baby Boomer Remarriages

As baby boomers venture into the retired life, many are not just calling it a day. Today’s retirees are looking at their retreat as a second chance to fulfill their happiness, and many are finding that in a new marriage. … Read More ›

What to Expect in Divorce Court

Most people are not familiar with courtroom practices and procedures, making any court appearance stressful. And going to court for a divorce can be particularly nerve-racking. Your very personal information will likely be discussed in front of strangers, and a … Read More ›