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Awards and Distinctions


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

For nine 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. We have also achieved a Tier 2 Family Law ranking for the Portland Metro for the third year in a row. 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©

Seven McKinley Irvin attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Family Law: Marc Christianson, Janet George, Elizabeth Michelson, Jennifer Payseno, Laura Sell, David Starks, and Gordon W. Wilcox. In Washington, McKinley Irvin attorneys represent 7 out of 31 family law attorneys currently ranked by Best Lawyers in America—making MI the most ranked firm in the state for Family Law. Three McKinley Irvin attorneys have also been 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.

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 2019, eighteen 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.


American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

Five McKinley Irvin attorneys have received the distinguished honor of being named a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML): Marc Christianson, Janet George, Elizabeth Michelson, David Starks, and Gordon W. Wilcox. AAML Fellows are considered the nation’s leading practitioners of Family Law. David Starks is the current president of the Washington State AAML Chapter.

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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