Brent Bohan


Bellevue | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Brent
Secret talent: I can lift a car off you
Best Concert: Pearl Jam
Netflix binge series: Parks and Recreation

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About Brent Bohan

Jobs in the Seattle area were scarce for new lawyers when Brent Bohan graduated from law school. But that didn’t stop this high-energy, can-do attorney from carving out what turned into a successful niche practice—one that led him, ultimately, to focus his professional expertise on family law.

"Initially, I launched my own private practice, handling a wide range of cases,” recalls the Super Lawyers® Rising Star. “I found I had a special knack for working with families in transition."

Fast forward a few years, during which time this talented, entrepreneurial legal counselor began getting noticed by some of the best family lawyers in Seattle. In 2014, McKinley Irvin partner David Starks observed him argue a case in court. He was impressed. Talks began and, within weeks, Brent was named the newest member of the Northwest’s largest family law firm.

"McKinley Irvin fosters a positive professional culture, focused first and foremost and finally on our clients. We possess a level of legal talent and resources unmatched in the Pacific Northwest."

That Brent thrives in this environment is apparent. His beneficiaries? The clients he represents, who value his empathy, his vitality, his smarts, and his candor.

"One of the first things I tell my clients is this: They pay me to tell them the truth,” he insists. “If there is a problem with their case, I tell them about it. Immediately. I don’t oversell—and I don’t ‘wait until Monday.’ I’m religious about checking my emails; and I’m quick to respond."

In Brent’s mind, there are other indispensable keys to success in the practice of family law. Chief among them are the ability to listen, “really listen,” and to discern what it is each client wants to get out of what is, for most, a painful process.

"I’m attentive to what my clients tell me,” notes the Seattle office attorney and CrossFit enthusiast. “What is it they want out of this difficult proceeding? These are their decisions. This is their life."

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  • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division


  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section & Litigation Section
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section & Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section & Young Lawyers Division
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member and Attorney Member
  • Washington Mediation Association
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  • JD, Vermont Law School
  • MA, Environmental Law and Policy, Vermont Law School
  • BA, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, University of Washington
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Publications & Presentations


  • Contributor, "Filing for Divorce? Get Organized," 425 Business Magazine, 2017
  • Author, “Why I Love Being a Member of the YLD,” King County Bar Bulletin, 2014
  • Author, “Thinking About Using Social Media During Divorce? Think Again,” Avvo Legal Guide
  • Author, “Should I Stay in the Marital Home During Divorce,” Avvo Legal Guide
  • Author, “How Do I Get Child Custody in Washington State,” Avvo Legal Guide
  • Author, “Helpful Tips on How to Prepare for Divorce,” Avvo Legal Guide


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  • 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 ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
"Wish I had you when I first got divorced. It’s so hard to find a reliable lawyer, but I must say, you are one of the best."
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