McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named 2013 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named 2013 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Posted on June 17, 2013 02:15pm

SEATTLE – June 17, 2013 – McKinley Irvin, the leading family law firm in the Pacific Northwest, announced today that six attorneys from the firm’s Seattle and Tacoma-based offices have been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2013.

The Super Lawyer designation is given to lawyers who are nominated by peers and have attained an outstanding level of professional achievement. Attorneys selected to be Super Layers, based on independent research, peer reviews and committee reviews, represent the top five percent of lawyers practicing in Washington State. Additionally, attorneys honored as Rising Stars include candidates who are 40 years old or younger, or have been practice for 10 years or less. Less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to be included on the Rising Stars list.

McKinley Irvin Lawyers Selected as 2013 Washington Super Lawyers:

  • Marc Christianson, Partner, Family Law and Collaborative Law
  • Jennifer Payseno, Partner, Family Law
  • David Starks, Managing Partner, Family Law
  • Laura Carlsen, Associate, Family Law

McKinley Irvin Lawyers Selected as 2013 Rising Stars:

  • Jamie Walker, Associate, Family Law
  • Anthony Zorich, Associate, Family Law

Christianson, Payseno and Starks have been named to the Washington Super Lawyers list in previous years, and this year marks Marc Christianson’s eighth consecutive year as a Washington Super Lawyer. Marc was also named one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Washington, a recognition he has now received the past two years in a row. With clients in Tacoma and throughout Pierce County, Marc has more than 20 years of experience and specializes in complex divorce cases using mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law as alternative methods of dispute resolution.

“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition and be included in the list of 2013 Super Lawyers among some of my most respected peers,” said Marc Christianson. “I am proud to be a part of the McKinley Irvin family where I am constantly learning from other attorneys and I am able to represent clients tenaciously, while providing a remarkable level of personal service.”

First time Super Lawyer, Laura Carlsen was recognized as a Rising Star in 2012 and has earned her position among this year’s Super Lawyers due to her exceptional negotiation and litigation skills. She comes from a family of military veterans and is particularly adept in understanding and representing clients in military family law cases.

“It’s an honor that these six outstanding McKinley Irvin partners and associates have been selected as Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars,” said Sands McKinley, founder of McKinley Irvin. “We are proud that many of our attorneys have been nominated and recognized year after year, and are excited to see new faces among Washington’s Rising Stars. It’s a testament to these attorneys’ exceptional professional accomplishments and to the caliber of lawyers who advocate for clients of McKinley Irvin.”


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.

  • Best Law Firm
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
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