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Awards and Distinctions


MI Ranked #5 in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Best Workplaces in Washington for 2023

McKinley Irvin ranked #5 on PSBJ's list for large companies. This recognition is driven by employee feedback. Each year, PSBJ surveys employees from hundreds of businesses across Washington about their workplaces. Survey results are then graded and ranked to create a list of finalists.


Best Law Firms®

McKinley Irvin has been named a Tier 1 firm in the Seattle Metro area for Family Law in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms. This is our thirteenth year receiving this honor. 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©

Twenty-eight McKinley Irvin attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in 2024 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family Law and Partner David Starks has been named the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” for family law in the Seattle Metro Area. Four McKinley Irvin attorneys have been previously named as the Best Lawyers family law "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington: Gordon Wilcox in 2012, Marc Christianson in 2015, and Elizabeth Michelson in 2017, and David Starks in 2022 and 2024.

Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Attorneys selected as Super Lawyers represent the top five percent of lawyers practicing in the state. As of 2023, twenty-five attorneys from the firm's Seattle, Kirkland, Everett, 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.


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

Seven McKinley Irvin attorneys have received the distinguished honor of being named a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML): Mark Arend, Brent Bohan, Marc Christianson, Janet George, Elizabeth Michelson, David Starks, and Gordon W. Wilcox. AAML Fellows are considered the nation’s leading practitioners of Family Law.

Avvo.Com Ratings

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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  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Washington's Best Workplaces 2023
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2024
  • Avvo Rating 10.0