Rita Herrera Irvin


Seattle | Portland | Tacoma

Interesting notes about Rita:
Favorite weekend activity: Reading the New York Times cover to cover
Can't live without: Early morning walks
Pets: 2 Golden Retrievers

About Rita Herrera Irvin

Rita Herrera Irvin, a founding partner of McKinley Irvin, chose to practice in the area of family law because it is a dynamic, challenging legal environment requiring well honed negotiating and litigation skills.

"I'm an advocate," says Rita. "And in family law each case is unique and important. Family law allows me the opportunity to be creative, to think strategically, and to focus my drive on one objective—success."

Strategic thinking is, in Rita's opinion, "often the difference between a good attorney and an excellent one. The same laws apply to everyone. What I do to maximize opportunities for client success is identify the objectives in our case, and then create a methodical roadmap to desired results."

As an advocate for individuals with significant financial interests and expectations of excellence, she says,

"I am keenly aware of my clients' expectations concerning both personal attention and effective professional service – I share those same expectations in both my professional and personal life. From the moment I begin an interaction with a client, his or her goals become my goals. Period."

An accomplished negotiator and litigator, Rita is respected for her clear focus, her work ethic, and her intense advocacy.

"You have to have a passion for this work," Rita says, "a willingness to fight, and fight hard, for your clients. If you don't love what you do, it is very hard to do an excellent job; I love what I do."

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  • Superior Court Family Law Commissioner Pro Tempore
  • Trustee, Tacoma Art Museum
  • Past Board Member, Centro Latino
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  • Seattle University School of Law '91
  • University of Baltimore, English/Corporate Communications '87
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude '87
  • 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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