U.S. News names McKinley Irvin one of 2012-2013's Best Law Firms
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U.S. News names McKinley Irvin one of 2012-2013's Best Law Firms

Posted on November 13, 2012 04:50pm

SEATTLE — McKinley Irvin announced today that they have received a Metropolitan First-Tier Ranking for Family Law in Seattle as part of the U.S. News 2012-2013 Best Lawyers yearly rankings of “Best Law Firms.”

McKinley Irvin is the largest firm in the state of Washington to offer an exclusive focus on the practice area of family law.

“It is a great honor for us to once again be recognized as one of the area’s top family law firms,” said Sands McKinley, McKinley Irvin’s cofounder and managing partner. “Over the years, we have maintained a resolve to offer a high standard of dedicated service to our clients. We are thrilled to be distinguished for the work that we have done and will continue to do for many years to come.”

This recognition marks the third consecutive year that McKinley Irvin has received accolades from the “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News. Qualification for inclusion entails having at least one lawyer currently ranked in the annual peer-reviewed Best Lawyers®.

Each year, U.S. News and World Report conducts broad nation-wide surveys of lawyers, clients, law firms and recruiters. Rankings are based on an evaluation process that includes surveys of clients and lawyers, peer reviews from leading industry attorneys, and other formal submission processes.

Rankings for practice areas are produced on both a national level as well as for 170 individual metropolitan areas across the United States. Additional details about their methods of evaluation can be found at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/methodology.aspx.


Lorraine Montez, 206.264.4515.


With offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, McKinley Irvin is a premier Seattle family law firm and the largest Washington state divorce and family law firm. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights of families since 1991 — handling complex family law cases involving divorce, custody and international matters.

Organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) have recognized the firm and its attorneys for leadership in the practice of family law.


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