McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named 2015’s Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
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McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named 2015’s Best Lawyers in America in Family Law

Posted on August 18, 2014 02:20pm

Pacific Northwest family lawyers receive prestigious professional recognition for outstanding service

SEATTLE – Aug. 18, 2014 – McKinley Irvin, the Pacific Northwest's premier family law firm, is pleased to announce that Marc Christianson and David Starks, two of the firm's partners, will be included in the 21 st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® 2015 in the field of family law. This year will mark the tenth consecutive year that Marc Christianson has been recognized by the publication, an honor punctuated by also being named the Best Lawyers ® 2015 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" in the Seattle metro area. Both Christianson and Starks are among the top 17 ranked family law attorneys in Washington State.

Providing exceptional legal counsel and support to families throughout the Pacific Northwest for the past two decades, McKinley Irvin's team of more than 50 legal professionals strives to maintain its position as a leader in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody and child support, LGBT family law, international family law, and military family law. The McKinley Irvin team serves communities throughout Western Washington and Portland, Ore.

Since first being published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America ® has established itself as the definitive and comprehensive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Selection for this honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which nearly 50,000 leading attorneys cast almost five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Marc Christianson is the Law Practice Managing Partner at McKinley Irvin. He primarily focuses on complex dissolution matters, arbitration and family law mediation. Christianson has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for an astounding ten years. It is appropriate that, after years of continued recognition, this year Christianson has also been named the Best Lawyers 2015 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" in the Seattle metro area. His continued recognition within the family law community stems from a proven record of achieving positive results for his clients as well as his dedication to providing a high level of personal service to each case. Christianson has also received the distinction of "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine and is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and past president of the Tacoma-Pierce county Bar Association.

"To me, each client deserves not only to be treated with respect and compassion during a time which can be stressful and emotional, but also the kind of meticulous and tenacious representation that results in favorable outcomes," said Christianson. "It is very satisfying knowing that my dedication to these principles has led to my peers recognizing and respecting the work that I do along with my colleagues at McKinley Irvin. It is an honor to be named the family law 'Lawyer of the Year.'"

David Starks, McKinley Irvin's partner based in Seattle, has been included in the Best Lawyers in America list for the past three years and has been designated as a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2010. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and focuses his practice on divorce cases involving difficult custody disputes and the protection, valuation and distribution of significant financial assets and business interests. Starks' passion for resolving difficult family law matters has led him to become a leader on international family law issues and an established speaker on matrimonial topics throughout the country and internationally.

"This year in particular has been a great honor for our team," said Sands McKinley, founder of McKinley Irvin. "The acknowledgment by our professional peers is a testament to the dedication and tenacity each attorney demonstrates on behalf of our clients, and our longevity and continued pursuit of excellence as a firm."

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About McKinley Irvin

Founded in 1991, McKinley Irvin is the Pacific Northwest's premier law firm focusing exclusively on the practice of family law. McKinley Irvin attorneys are known for their effective legal representation and compassionate client service, representing clients in family law matters including divorce (dissolution), child custody, child support, relocation, parenting plan and child support modifications, international family law, domestic partnerships, and other family law practice areas.

Media Contact: Corinna Fabre, 206inc for McKinley Irvin,, (206) 625-9600

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