Brien Galbraith


Bellevue | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Brien:
Favorite comedian: Chris Rock
Best concert: Tom Petty - August 19, 2017
Favorite movie: The Big Lebowski
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About Brien Galbraith

Having practiced family law in King County since graduating from law school, Brien has achieved a remarkable depth of experience in advising and representing clients in all family law matters including divorce, contested custody, child support modifications, protection orders, and parentage cases.

Brien believes communication is the key to successful representation. He works with each client individually to form a plan of action for the client's unique set of circumstances. With this approach, he is able to identify with his clients and give them a voice. After determining if it will be possible to reach an amicable resolution or whether litigation or mediation will be necessary, Brien works with the client to execute their plan.

Brien has earned his litigation experience in private family law practice as well as with the San Francisco Division of Child Support as an intern. He also earned a Certificate for Specialization in Litigation while completing his law degree at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Brien is known for his honesty, close relationships with clients, and tenacity in his work on their behalf. He typically serves clients from our offices in Seattle and Bellevue.

Brien is a Pacific Northwest native; he grew up in Bellevue, Washington and currently resides in Seattle. He enjoys travelling, is a car enthusiast, and an avid Huskies and Seahawks fan.

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  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
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  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Litigation Certificate, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Washington
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  • 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."
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"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 ..."
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"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."
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"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
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"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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