13 McKinley Irvin Family Law Attorneys Selected to 2015 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List
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13 McKinley Irvin Family Law Attorneys Selected to 2015 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

Posted on June 15, 2015 04:15pm

SEATTLE – June 15, 2015 – McKinley Irvin, the Northwest’s premier family law firm, announced today that 13 attorneys from the firm’s Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver offices have been selected to the 2015 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Each year, only 5 percent of all attorneys in the state are selected as Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent are included as Rising Stars. This year more than half of McKinley Irvin’s practicing attorneys joined the 2015 lists – topping last year’s firm record of 11 attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

“Since founding McKinley Irvin more than 20 years ago, we’ve been committed to supporting our community and protecting our clients,” said Sands McKinley, co-founder of McKinley Irvin. “This is not the first time McKinley Irvin attorneys have been recognized by our peers, but each recognition is a testament to our entire firm’s dedication to professional excellence.”

The Super Lawyer recognition is bestowed on attorneys who are nominated by their peers for their professional accomplishments and dedication to the practice of law. Finalists are then selected using independent, third-party research to determine the top five percent highest achieving attorneys in each state. The Rising Star list is determined by the same process, but represents the most respected and successful attorneys under the age of 40 or in practice for 10 years or less.

The following attorneys from McKinley Irvin have received recognition this year:

McKinley Irvin 2015 Super Lawyers:

  • Laura Carlsen, Associate, Family Law
  • Marc T. Christianson, Law Practice Managing Partner, Family Law
  • Jennifer J. Payseno, Partner, Family
  • David B. Starks, Partner, Family Law
  • Kim L. Schnuelle, Senior Associate, Family Law
  • Gordon W. Wilcox, Of Counsel, Family Law

McKinley Irvin 2015 Rising Stars:

  • Mark R. Arend, Associate, Family Law
  • Elizabeth A. Hoffman, Associate, Family Law
  • Collin C. McKean, Partner, Family Law
  • Deanna Rusch, Associate, Family Law
  • Annelisa Smith, Associate, Family Law
  • Jamie R. Walker, Associate, Family Law
  • Anthony J. Zorich, Jr., Associate, Family Law

Wilcox has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers each year since the list’s inception in 2003. It’s also the fifth consecutive year that Seattle attorneys Starks and Payseno, and the tenth consecutive year that Tacoma attorney Christianson, have been recognized by Super Lawyers for outstanding legal achievements.

In addition, Starks and Christianson have been selected to the Washington Top List for 2015, which is not exclusive to family law and includes more than 70 practice areas. Attorneys on this list represent the 100 individuals ranked at the top of the list in the Super Lawyers selection process.

“It’s invigorating to be recognized for our dedication and commitment to family law by the entire legal community,” said Christianson. “Every day I work alongside some of the most intelligent, collaborative and forward-thinking family law attorneys in the country. To have been nominated by my peers for the past ten years is a true honor.”

To view the full Washington 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists visit www.superlawyers.com. For more information on McKinley Irvin and the firm’s attorneys, visit www.mckinleyirvin.com.

About McKinley Irvin PLLC

Founded in 1991, McKinley Irvin is the Pacific Northwest’s largest law firm focusing exclusively on the practice of family law. McKinley Irvin is 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.

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