Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars 2011 Names McKinley Irvin Attorneys
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Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars 2011 Names McKinley Irvin Attorneys

Posted on June 20, 2011 02:40pm

SEATTLE — McKinley Irvin, Washington’s largest law firm focused exclusively on divorce and family law, announced today that six McKinley Irvin attorneys have been named to the 2011 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

The annual Washington Super Lawyers list is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Selected for inclusion in 2011 Washington Super Lawyers:

  • Marc Christianson, Partner in Charge, Family Law and Collaborative Law
  • Jennifer Payseno, Partner, Family Law
  • David Starks, Partner in Charge, Family Law

Selected for inclusion in 2011 Washington Rising Stars:

  • Elizabeth Bianchi, Family Law
  • Elizabeth Hershman-Greven, Family Law and Collaborative Law
  • Justin Sedell, Family Law and Collaborative Law

All three partners have been named to the Washington Super Lawyers list in previous years. This is the second consecutive year for both Starks and Payseno, and the sixth consecutive year for Christianson. Two of the McKinley Irvin attorneys named in 2011 Washington Rising Stars were also selected for the honor last year.

“We are proud so many of our attorneys have achieved this distinction for their accomplishments and service to their clients,” said Sands McKinley, cofounder and managing partner of McKinley Irvin. “These are all outstanding attorneys and invaluable to the success of our firm. The fact that each of McKinley Irvin’s partners has now been included in Super Lawyers multiple times shows how hard we are working to achieve excellence in the practice of family law.”

No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to be included on the Rising Stars list.


Lorraine Montez, 206.264.4515.


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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

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