Araceli Amaya

Senior Attorney

Bellevue | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Araceli
Favorite band (teen years): New Kids on the Block
I'm happiest: With family and friends
Dream vacation: Cruise around the world

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About Araceli Amaya

Araceli Amaya approaches family law with compassion, respect for her clients, and a razor-sharp legal mind. She has spent her entire law career in family law, honing her considerable skills by protecting the interests of clients and their families – both in and out of the courtroom – for over 16 years. Araceli represents clients in all areas of family law, with particular skill for third party custody cases and divorces involving high asset property issues.

Araceli believes in 100% honesty with her clients and makes sure they know from the beginning what they can expect of her – she will listen to their goals, help them understand the implications of what it will take to achieve them, and get to work on the resolution they need.

"It is important to choose your battles wisely,” says Araceli. “Family law is fraught with contention, but the reality is that not all issues merit a fight. A good attorney is not one who litigates every issue, but the right issue. I focus on the big picture of my clients’ well-being."

Whether the situation calls for collaboration or taking the case to court, Araceli works with clients on the unique facts and issues in their case to create the most effective strategy for success.

While known for her intellect and professionalism among her colleagues, Araceli’s clients repeatedly commend her ability to be a formidable attorney while also being supportive and positive.

"I relate to what my clients are going through, especially as a mother,” says Araceli. "Family law is an area that demands I not only think outside the box as an attorney, but provide support and compassionate service to my clients."

Araceli is a mother of two and most enjoys spending time with her family, as well as trying new foods and winding down with a funny book. She treks annually to California to spend time with her parents, whom she credits with teaching her the value of hard work, respect, and humility.

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  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division
  • Washington Latino/a Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
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  • J.D., American University, College of Law
  • B.A., University of Redlands, International Relations and Affairs


  • Spanish
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Publications & Presentations



  • Presenter, “Post-Decree Child Support and Pitfalls to Avoid,” CLE, McKinley Irvin Family Law Speaker Series, 2015
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
"Without David and Sam, there is no way I could have made it through this exceptionally difficult time in my life. I cannot imagine two ..."
"My daughter is the sunshine of my life. I felt despair and a sense of helplessness on the day I was served. On the first appointment day ..."
"In our search for a reputable law firm to handle my sister’s divorce case, we explored our options until we found the McKinley Irvin law ..."
"My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up and was very knowledgeable on ..."
"I would like to give my sincere appreciation to Jennifer Payseno and staff. You all stood by me no matter how trying my case got. I always ..."
"Dave, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job. It has been a pleasure working with you."
"From start to finish, the team at McKinley Irvin took care of me and my family. I couldn’t ask for more. What happened in court was exactly ..."
"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help with my case. I know the call I got from your office was an answer to my tearful and ..."
"I am so very thankful that I chose to work with McKinley Irvin and the wonderful staff they have in place. Highly recommended!"
"A huge weight and amount of stress was lifted as soon as I hired Jamie Walker. Having her on my team was exactly the peace of mind I needed ..."
"Getting a divorce was hard enough as it is. I was nervous and just wanted to get it over with before my ex-wife thought of anything else she ..."
"[My attorney] spoke English – as oppposed to ‘legalese’. She was able to propose a number of options and alternatives for various scenarios, ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
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