Gordon W. Wilcox

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Interesting notes about Gordon
Proudest accomplishment:
Civil rights work in Mississippi
Unusual place I've lived: On a 38' ketch I built
Collections: Antique maps
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About Gordon W. Wilcox

Presently Of Counsel with McKinley Irvin, Gordon Wilcox is a recipient of virtually every mark of professional distinction accorded a member of the family law bar: Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Best Lawyers in America®; Washington Super Lawyers®; Bar Registration of Preeminent Lawyers; Top Attorneys in Washington, Seattle Met Magazine; Who’s
Who in American Law; and a rating of AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell 2020.

Behind all these well-earned awards is a veteran attorney beloved by his clients and respected by members of the practicing bar. For Gordon, family law has been a primary professional focus from the beginning.

"I chose to practice family law because I’m more interested in helping individuals than corporations. Clients with complex assets or difficult parenting matters face what can be extremely challenging ordeals. They need and deserve a strong lawyer who is strategic and thoughtful."

At the initiation of every case, Gordon says he collects, reviews, and analyzes all relevant facts and details to garner a clear understanding of his client’s ideas and goals. With this information at the forefront, he develops an individualized strategy to reach those goals. This way of doing business has served his clients exceptionally well over the years.

"I especially enjoy working on difficult and substantial issues that require real skill for resolution,” he notes. “There is no substitute for thorough preparation. Doing good work with a solid foundation based on facts—including available evidence and documents to prove them—maximizes opportunities for success,” Gordon adds. “Whether through mediation, negotiation, or litigation, that is, of course, what we seek."

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  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Evergreen Legal Services, President, 1976 – 1980 and Director, 1976 – 1996
  • Director, Columbia Legal Services, 1996 – 2010
  • Endowment for Equal Justice, 2011 – 2013
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  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1968
  • B.A. Yale College, 1965
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Publications & Presentations


  • Co-Author of the chapters on Property Identification, Valuation and Division, Washington Family Law Desk Book, Washington State Bar Association, 1989
  • Author: "Chutes and Ladders," the Use of Summary Devices in Family Law, Council of Community Property States, 1991
  • 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
"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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