McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America in Family Law for 2014
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McKinley Irvin Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America in Family Law for 2014

Posted on August 26, 2013 02:00pm

Pacific Northwest lawyers receives industry recognition for outstanding service in family law

SEATTLE - Aug. 26, 2013 - McKinley Irvin, the Pacific Northwest’s premier family law firm, announced today that two of the firm’s senior attorneys, David Starks and Marc Christianson were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) in the field of family law. According to The Best Lawyers in America© 2014, Marc Christianson holds the spot as the top ranked family law attorney in Tacoma, and both Starks and Christianson are among the top of the 17 ranked family law attorneys in Washington state.

With more than 250 collective years of family law experience, lawyers with McKinley Irvin have spent the last two decades providing exceptional legal counsel and support to families throughout the Pacific Northwest. McKinley Irvin’s team of more than 50 legal professionals, serving clients across Western Washington and Portland, Oregon, are leaders in all aspects of family law, including complex divorce, child custody and child support, LGBT family law, international family law, military family law and collaborative divorce.

Best Lawyers, publishers of the annual Best Lawyers in America© list, is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. 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.

David Starks, McKinley Irvin’s managing partner based in Seattle , has been recognized on the Best Lawyers in America© list for the past two years and is designated as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is adept at taking on cases involving complex custody disputes and dissolution. Starks’ passion for resolving difficult family law matters has led him to become a frequent speaker on matrimonial topics throughout the country and internationally.

“I’ve always believed there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach for clients,” said Starks. “It’s an incredible feeling to know my peers recognize and respect my work and I am honored to be working at McKinley Irvin alongside some of the most brilliant attorneys in the country.”

Marc Christianson is a partner with McKinley Irvin based in Tacoma, WA. Christianson focuses primarily on complex dissolution matters, arbitration and family law mediation, and has made the Best Lawyers in America© list for the past eight years. A designated “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine, Christianson is also a fellow with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and past president of the Tacoma-Pierce county Bar Association.

“I am always thrilled to see members of the McKinley Irvin family receive recognition for their outstanding work,” said Sands McKinley, founder of McKinley Irvin. “This honor in particular is near to my heart because it is supported and voted on by our peers – powerful and outstanding attorneys we work with side-by-side. It’s a testament to not only our professionalism and tenacity on behalf of our clients, but also to our amiability and collaborative spirit.”

To learn more about McKinley Irvin’s experience in family law, service philosophy and attorneys visit


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.

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  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
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