Matthew Taylor

Senior Attorney

Bellevue | Seattle

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About Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is a seasoned attorney who brings a wealth of experience to his practice of family law. After working for years as a civil defense litigator at a top Seattle law firm, Matt chose to change course and focus his practice exclusively on family law.

"People involved in divorce and family law cases are called on to make tough decisions about finances and parenting at a time when they are often at their most vulnerable,” says Matt. “Guiding my clients through this difficult process is very rewarding to me."

Having gone through divorce himself, Matt understands the anxiety and confusion faced by his clients when they come to him for legal counsel.

Matt aims to help clients avoid needless escalation of an already difficult process. He counsels his clients with frank and compassionate advice about the best way to achieve their goals and bring the case to resolution.

"I take my client’s issues at stake, and my role as their advocate, very seriously. My clients will know I exhausted every possible legal avenue with maximum effort on their behalf."

Matt represents clients in King County in a wide variety of family law cases and is also experienced in appellate law, LGBT family law, and UCCJEA cases. He’s a skillful litigator and recently helped co-author the Lexis Family Law Practice Handbook section on spousal maintenance.

Matt stays busy outside of work with his own family. He’s a parent of two children and enjoys playing video games with his kids, even when they question their dad’s skill level.

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  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
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  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law
    • Editor-in-Chief, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, 2000-2001
    • Innocence Project Northwest
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Western Washington University
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Publications & Presentations


  • Author, “Dealing with Business Income on the Family Law Motion Docket,” King County Bar Bulletin, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Spousal Maintenance” Section, Lexis Nexis Family Law Practice Handbook
  • 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 ..."
"[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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