2011-2012 U.S. News: Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
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2011-2012 U.S. News: Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Posted on November 01, 2011 02:35pm

SEATTLE — McKinley Irvin, Washington’s largest law firm focused exclusively on divorce and family law, announced today that the firm has earned a Metropolitan First-Tier Ranking in Seattle for the practice area of Family Law in the 2011-2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” annual rankings.

This is the second year that McKinley Irvin has achieved placement on the “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group, the publishers of U.S. News & World Report, and Best Lawyers®.

U.S. News and World Report conducted extensive nation-wide surveys of clients, lawyers, law firms and recruiters. They combined their results with the current “Best Lawyers in America” surveys of leading lawyers to determine its ranking of the “Best Law Firms,” both nationally and by metropolitan area.

To rank in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one lawyer currently listed in Best Lawyers®, an annual peer-review based ranking of lawyers. Two McKinley Irvin attorneys, Marc T. Christianson and David B. Starks, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012.

“To be named one of our region’s top family law firms for the second year in a row is a mark of distinction we are honored to receive,” said Sands McKinley, cofounder and managing partner of McKinley Irvin. “We are proud of our commitment to practice at the top tier of family law through innovative legal representation and compassionate personal service to our clients.”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” methodology includes reputational data, such as expertise and integrity, demographic data, client profile information, pro-bono commitment, practice areas including transaction activity, and diversity. More information about the methodology used in the “Best Law Firms” rankings is published online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/methodology.aspx.


Lorraine Montez, 206.264.4515.


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.


Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has compiled lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Best Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc. More information about Best Lawyers can be found at www.bestlawyers.com.


The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its series of consumer guides that include rankings of law firms, colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.

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