Sands McKinley


Seattle | Portland | Tacoma

Interesting notes about Sands:
Best job perk: I own the place
I'm inspired by: Great ideas that materialize
First job: Dishwasher at a greasy spoon
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About Sands McKinley

Sands is the founder and CEO of McKinley Irvin. Together with his partners, he has built a firm of outstanding lawyers, staff, and service delivery models – all focused on delivering personalized client service and excellent legal results in every client relationship.

Sands focuses on McKinley Irvin’s vision and strategic planning for the future in a rapidly changing professional and business environment. Because the firm has always been committed to innovation and continuous improvement, as well as leveraging technology and smart management methods, McKinley Irvin is both ready and eager to meet the challenges of the future while remaining squarely focused on our two most important considerations – #1 our clients, and #2 our outstanding group of professionals.

"At the heart and soul of our firm is a commitment to excellence in every aspect of serving our clients," says Sands. "Our goal is to surprise and delight our clients during our relationship. Likewise, within the firm we are committed both as a group and individually to be the best we can be as people and professionals, and we support one another toward that end."

Sands is a vocal proponent of innovation and evolution within the practice of law, the business of law, and legal education. He shares his views and ideas on his blog, On the Future of Law.

Before turning his focus to the management and growth of the firm, Sands represented clients in more than 200 contested family law cases. He also represented individuals and businesses in business planning, formation, contracts, and litigation matters. Clients included industrial contractors, trade associations, construction contractors, food service franchises, real estate investors and developers, information technology companies, and many others.

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  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science and Legal Studies, Pacific Lutheran University
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Publications & Presentations


In the Media

  • "Working harder on Tacoma relationship," The News Tribune, April 1, 2011
  • "Seattle Law," Puget Sound Business Journal, January 28, 2011
  • "Ending a Marriage and Preserving a Partnership," Puget Sound Business Journal, August 24, 2007.
  • Listen to Sands McKinley's interview with Don Riggs on the 94.1 KMPS Introspect Northwest Show, July 8, 2007.
  • "Divorce and Business, Avoid the Pitfalls when a Marriage Crumbles," Puget Sound Business Journal, March 23, 2007.
  • Listen to an interview with Sands McKinley on the Rolonda radio show, July 6, 2007.
  • Sands McKinley was a featured guest on the Bob Pittman radio show, Legal Line on Talk 770, KTTH to discuss important tips to consider before marriage, July 1, 2007.
  • Sands McKinley was a featured guest on the Rolonda radio show at 10:20 a.m. to discuss cutting edge social and legal issues concerning the American family, June 11, 2007.
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  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
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