Sands McKinley

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Sands McKinley

Sands McKinley is the CEO and founder of McKinley Irvin. With a focus on in-depth legal knowledge, professionalism, and client care, he and his partners have built a law firm with a strong infrastructure and a shining reputation for excellence.

Prior to turning his focus to full-time management and expansion of the firm, Sands handled more than 200 contested family law cases. He also has experience representing individuals with contracts, planning, formation, and litigation of business matters. Representative clients have included construction contractors, industrial contractors, real estate investors and developers, retail food service franchises, trade associations, information technology companies, and many others.

Sand’s current focus is on ensuring that every client that comes to McKinley Irvin receives world class service. He also invests time and effort into strategically planning the firm’s ongoing success and growth in the future.

"At the heart and soul of our firm is a commitment to excellence in every aspect of serving our clients," says Sands. "Our motto is: Be more professional, be more prepared, be more fearless, and always negotiate from a position of strength. It is not possible to work at McKinley Irvin if you do not share both this level of commitment and deep caring and compassion for our clients."

"Family law is extremely emotional," he notes. "The ante is high when it comes to children, property, and reputation. Our overriding goal is the same in each case: protect our clients' interests and achieve their goals."

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science and Legal Studies, Pacific Lutheran University

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