Sands McKinley


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At the heart and soul of our firm is a commitment to excellence in every aspect of serving our clients.

Sands McKinley

Sands is the founder and CEO of McKinley Irvin. Together with his partners, he has built a firm of outstanding lawyers, staff, and service delivery models – all focused on delivering personalized client service and excellent legal results in every client relationship.

Sands focuses on McKinley Irvin’s vision and strategic planning for the future in a rapidly changing professional and business environment. Because the firm has always been committed to innovation and continuous improvement, as well as leveraging technology and smart management methods, McKinley Irvin is both ready and eager to meet the challenges of the future while remaining squarely focused on our two most important considerations – #1 our clients, and #2 our outstanding group of professionals.

"At the heart and soul of our firm is a commitment to excellence in every aspect of serving our clients," says Sands. "Our goal is to surprise and delight our clients during our relationship. Likewise, within the firm we are committed both as a group and individually to be the best we can be as people and professionals, and we support one another toward that end.”

Sands is a vocal proponent of innovation and evolution within the practice of law, the business of law, and legal education. He shares his views and ideas on his blog, On the Future of Law.

Before turning his focus to the management and growth of the firm, Sands represented clients in more than 200 contested family law cases. He also represented individuals and businesses in business planning, formation, contracts, and litigation matters. Clients included industrial contractors, trade associations, construction contractors, food service franchises, real estate investors and developers, information technology companies, and many others.

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science and Legal Studies, Pacific Lutheran University



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