2010 Washington State Super Lawyers & Rising Stars List
Section: Press Center

2010 Washington State Super Lawyers & Rising Stars List

Posted on December 10, 2010 02:50pm

SEATTLE — McKinley Irvin, Washington’s largest law firm focused exclusively on divorce and family law, announced today that five of the firm’s attorneys were recently named to the 2010 Washington State Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers magazine. Only one other firm in the state had as many family law attorneys selected.

McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2010 Washington Super Lawyers List:

  • Marc T. Christianson, partner
  • David B. Starks, partner
  • Jennifer J. Payseno, partner

McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named to 2010 Washington Rising Stars List:

  • Elizabeth A. Bianchi, associate
  • Justin M. Sedell, senior associate

“We are pleased and honored to have five outstanding attorneys be recognized by Super Lawyers magazine,” said Sands McKinley, co-founder and managing partner of McKinley Irvin. “The awards validate the firm’s reputation as one of the premier family law practices in the Pacific Northwest—a perfect blend of experienced, tenured attorneys and young stars making their mark.”

All are based in the firm’s Seattle office, with the exception of Christianson, who is a 34-year-veteran family law attorney in Tacoma. The annual award recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in Washington State for their professional achievement.


Lorraine Montez, 206.264.4515.


Super Lawyers was first published in 1991 by Law & Politics and was acquired by Thomson Reuters, Legal in February 2010. Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Super Lawyers can be found online at www.superlawyers.com where lawyers can be searched by practice area and location.


Headquartered in Seattle and with offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, McKinley Irvin is a premier divorce and family law firm, and the largest family law firm in the state of Washington. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights of families since 1991 – handling complex family law cases involving divorce, custody and international matters. For more information about McKinley Irvin, visit us at www.mckinleyirvin.com.

  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Washington's Best Workplaces 2023
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2024
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • "My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up. " R.R.
  • "We would highly recommend the knowledgeable and dedicated law firm of McKinley Irvin to anyone who might be seeking legal services. " P.M.
  • "I knew I had made the right decision. From the beginning of my case to conclusion, I knew I had a great team looking out for my best interest. " Christine P.
  • "I cannot imagine two people better able to represent me " M.L.
  • "I always felt my specific needs were very well represented and that I could count on David to be a trusted adviser. " T.M.
Read More