Jennifer Payseno


Bellevue | Seattle | Tacoma

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About Jennifer Payseno

Behind Jennifer Payseno's calm and deliberate demeanor are the intellect and ability of one of Seattle's finest family law attorneys. Practicing since 1992 and affiliated with McKinley Irvin since 1999, Jennifer is highly regarded throughout the family law community for her integrity, courtroom skills, and unwavering commitment to the families she serves. She serves clients primarily from our offices in Seattle and Bellevue.

"The first thing I do is create a rapport with my clients, who are often under significant stress," Jennifer notes. "I work hard to establish an environment of trust and ease, which helps me focus quickly on their hopes, fears, and expectations so we can begin developing an effective case strategy."

While Jennifer is a caring legal advisor to her clients, she is at the same time an intense and effective advocate.

Jennifer says she chose to practice family law so that she could make a fundamental and positive difference in the lives of her clients. One of the most appealing aspects of the practice, she says, is its exceptional variety, both in terms of circumstances and people.

"Every case is different," says Jennifer. "On any given day, I might be dealing with business interests, real estate investments, stock options, parenting plans, or tax issues. What never changes, however, are my beliefs in putting my clients first and negotiating from a position of strength."

Founding partner Sands McKinley is an unabashed admirer of his colleague's skill and savvy.

"We met Jennifer years ago when she was the opposing attorney in a case," he recalls. "She was an extremely tough opponent, exceptionally well prepared, well-respected by the court, and a steadfast client advocate. She understood how to develop case strategy and execute it effectively. In sum, she was—and is—a real pro. We knew she belonged at McKinley Irvin, and we had the good fortune of persuading her to join us."

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  • First Vice President, King County Bar Association, 2018 - Present
  • Second Vice President, King County Bar Association, 2017 - Present
  • Member, King County Judicial Screening Committee
  • Treasurer, King County Bar Association, 2013-2014
  • Chair, King County Judicial Screening Committee, 2009-2010
  • Trustee, King County Bar Association, 2000-2003
  • President, South King County Bar Association 1998-1999


  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, King County Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Volunteer, King County Legal Clinic 1998-2006
  • Former Coordinator, South King County Legal Clinic
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  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., Georgia Southern University
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Publications & Presentations


  • Contributor, "Business Law's Frequently Asked Questions," 425 Business Magazine, August 2016
  • Contributor, “Is Divorce in Your Retirement Plan?,” 425 Business Magazine, January 2015
  • Author, “Trends and considerations in gray divorce,” Avvo Stories, March 2015
  • Author, Own A Business? What You Should Consider Before Saying, "I Do." Seattle Business Magazine, 2014
  • Contributor, “What You Should Know About Gray Divorce,” 425 Business Magazine, October 2014
  • Author, "Divorce and Economic Recession," King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, January 2009


  • Presenter, "Marital Agreements: Pre and Post Enforcement and Requirements," Washington Bar Association Community Property CLE, April 2011
  • Jennifer Payseno talks about pre-nups on Good in Your Neighborhood on KMPS radio , November 23, 2008
  • Presenter, "Advanced Family Law Ethics," Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE, October 2007
  • Presenter, "Ethical Considerations," Relationship Agreements Seminar, Seattle, October 2007
  • 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 ..."
"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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