Jamie R. Walker


Tacoma | Puyallup

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About Jamie R. Walker

With more than a decade of distinguished family law practice under her belt, McKinley Irvin partner Jamie Walker remains convinced that an up-close-and-personal approach to interacting with clients and colleagues nets optimal results.

"So much law these days is handled via emails or letters” explains this Snohomish County native who practices primarily out of the firm’s Tacoma office. “It’s easy to hide behind these impersonal methods of communication,” she adds, “but you can usually get a lot more accomplished, even with opposing counsel, by picking up the phone and engaging in a real conversation."

That approach to doing business says a lot about the way Jamie chooses to interact with the individuals and families she represents. She is accessible, empathetic, and deeply committed to her clients’ welfare, tailoring her strategic approach and style to their individual needs. She is also, in the words of one former client, “inventive, intelligent, and appropriately aggressive when required.”

The prolific writer and public speaker admits to possessing a decidedly competitive spirit.

"I practice law with meticulous attention to detail, thoughtful planning, a good measure of compassion, and a genuine desire to do what is best for my clients in all circumstances. And yes, I admit it: I like to win, too."

Experienced in a broad range of family law matters, including complex divorce and child custody cases, Jamie places a high premium on crafting legal settlements that serve her clients in the long term.

"It’s important that I understand where my clients are coming from, what their current circumstances look like, and what they hope to accomplish after their case is completed,” she explains. “I never close a case with my clients wondering, ‘What do I do now?’ An important part of my responsibility is helping them plan for a future of promise and possibility."

Affiliated with McKinley Irvin since 2012, this busy wife and mother says she has grown and prospered professionally during her time with the firm.

"When it comes to family law,” she insists, “McKinley Irvin has always been the gold standard."

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  • Director, Pro Bono South King County Settlement Conference, 2018 - Present


  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County
  • Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • South King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyer's Association
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
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  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law
  • B.A., Western Washington University, Dean's List


  • Certified mediator through the Center for Dispute Resolution with 40 hours of training, 2016
  • Completed 3-day AAML Collaborative Law workshop, Chicago 2016
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Publications & Presentations



  • "Trial Preparation," Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Convention CLE, 2019
  • "Grandparents' Rights," NALS Annual Ethics CLE, 2019
  • Podcast: Jamie Walker, Divorce Attorney Discusses How to Not Get to Divorce,” Inspirational Women with Kate Daniels Warm 106.9, 2017
  • “Preparing Your Case for Trial,” Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association CLE, 2017
  • “Pre-Trial Strategy in Family Law Cases,” 19th Annual Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Convention 2013
  • High Conflict Custody, Family Law Speaker Series CLE, 2013
  • 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."
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