Seven McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named in 2019 Best Lawyers
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Seven McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named in 2019 Best Lawyers

Posted on August 15, 2018 02:14pm
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SEATTLE – August 15, 2018 – McKinley Irvin, the Pacific Northwest’s premier family law firm, announced today that seven of the firm’s attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

McKinley Irvin commends the following family law attorneys distinguished in The Best Lawyers in America 2019:

  • Marc T. Christianson, Of Counsel
  • Janet A. George, Of Counsel
  • Jeffrey S. Matthews, Partner
  • Elizabeth A. Michelson, Of Counsel
  • Laura Sell, Law Practice Managing Partner
  • David B. Starks, Partner
  • Gordon W. Wilcox, Of Counsel

The Best Lawyers in America listing is determined by an extensive peer review process to achieve a consensus on the leading attorneys in each legal practice area for their geographical region. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, and inclusion in Best Lawyers is widely considered to be a significant honor.

Several of McKinley Irvin’s listed attorneys have been included in Best Lawyers for many years, including Gordon Wilcox (since 1987), Elizabeth Michelson (since 1999), and Marc Christianson (since 2005). This year also marks the inaugural listing for Laura Sell, the firm’s Law Practice Managing Partner.

“While some of our attorneys have been named in Best Lawyers for decades, we also keep adding new attorneys to this list,” said Rita Herrera Irvin, founder of McKinley Irvin. “This is a reflection of our commitment to excellence in our field and, above all else, to our clients.”

To learn more about the Best Lawyers peer-review publication and methodology, visit For more information on McKinley Irvin and the firm’s attorneys, visit


About McKinley Irvin

Founded in 1991, McKinley Irvin is the Pacific Northwest’s premier law firm focusing exclusively on the practice of family law. McKinley Irvin attorneys are known for their effective legal representation and compassionate client service, representing clients in family law matters including divorce (dissolution), child custody, child support, relocation, parenting plan and child support modifications, international family law, military family law, and other family law practice areas.

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  • "My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up. " R.R.
  • "We would highly recommend the knowledgeable and dedicated law firm of McKinley Irvin to anyone who might be seeking legal services. " P.M.
  • "I knew I had made the right decision. From the beginning of my case to conclusion, I knew I had a great team looking out for my best interest. " Christine P.
  • "I cannot imagine two people better able to represent me " M.L.
  • "I always felt my specific needs were very well represented and that I could count on David to be a trusted adviser. " T.M.
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