Rita Herrera Irvin, a founding partner of McKinley Irvin, chose to practice
in the area of family law because it is a dynamic, challenging legal environment
requiring well honed negotiating and litigation skills.
"I'm an advocate," says Rita. "And in family law each
case is unique and important. Family law allows me the opportunity to
be creative, to think strategically, and to focus my drive on one objective—success."
Strategic thinking is, in Rita's opinion, "often the difference
between a good attorney and an excellent one. The same laws apply to everyone.
What I do to maximize opportunities for client success is identify the
objectives in our case, and then create a methodical roadmap to desired
As an advocate for individuals with significant financial interests and
expectations of excellence, she says, "I am keenly aware of my clients'
expectations concerning both personal attention and effective professional
service – I share those same expectations in both my professional
and personal life. From the moment I begin an interaction with a client,
his or her goals become my goals. Period."
An accomplished negotiator and litigator, Rita is respected for her clear
focus, her work ethic, and her intense advocacy. "You have to have
a passion for this work," Rita says, "a willingness to fight,
and fight hard, for your clients. If you don't love what you do, it
is very hard to do an excellent job; I love what I do."