Our Distinctions

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms"

For five consecutive years, McKinley Irvin has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as one of the nation's "Best Law Firms" in the Tier 1 Seattle Metro category for Family Law. The annual rankings denote the nation's highest performing law firms based on a rigorous evaluation process, including client and peer evaluations addressing expertise, responsiveness, and civility.

The Best Lawyers in America©

Three McKinley Irvin's attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family Law: Marc Christianson, David Starks, and Gordon W. Wilcox. According to The Best Lawyers in America 2016, these three attorneys are among the top of the 18 ranked family law attorneys in all of Washington State. Best Lawyers also named Marc Christianson the Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015.

Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers represent the top five percent of lawyers practicing in the state. As of 2016, sixteen attorneys from the firm's Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and Portland offices have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer reviews, independent research, and committee reviews.

Avvo.com Ratings

All McKinley Irvin family law attorneys are listed and rated on Avvo.com, a mathematical score that rates lawyers based on experience, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Currently, over half of McKinley Irvin attorneys maintain a 10.0 "Superb" rating on Avvo.

Martindale-Hubbell Rated AV Preeminent®

The Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings are determined by peer reviews of lawyers based on their ethical standards and legal ability. The AV Preeminent rating signifies that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the "highest level of professional excellence." A law firm is rated AV Preeminent when the aggregate ratings of its partners qualifies as AV Preeminent. McKinley Irvin is rated AV Preeminent.


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