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About me

I represent my clients with compassion and the skills I've learned from experience. 


I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington and my Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. 


My professional career includes service as a United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, and then many successful years in business, particularly with start-up businesses founded in the Northwest. 


My law practice focuses on divorce and family law matters that require resolution of difficult circumstances.  I try to distinguish myself as an attorney with a lot of common sense, ethics, and professionalism. 


I am highly trained for litigation and trial, having been awarded Membership in the Order of the Barristers and focussing my ongoing education on trial skills.   I am also very well trained as a mediator so that I can help my clients resolve conflicts outside the courtroom whenever possible.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 80%
    8 years
  2. Child Custody: 8%
    8 years
  3. Child Support: 7%
    8 years
  4. Wills: 5%
    8 years



Hourly ($295/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Chelsea E Miller

    It would be difficult to find a more professional, compassionate, dedicated, or knowledgeable attorney. Mark is both a client's and opposing counsel's ideal. He excels at both advocating for his clients and working cooperatively with other attorneys. I would not hesitate to refer a client or friend to Mark or, if the need ever arose, hire him myself. I endorse this lawyer.


    Chelsea Miller Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Casey Sanders

    Mark is a great attorney and a great source of knowledge on a wide range of legal issues. He is friendly and patient, and an excellent advocate for his clients.


    Casey Sanders Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

McKinley Irvin

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA, 98402

McKinley Irvin

1011 E Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA, 98372



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Pro Bono Publico Honor RollWashington State Supreme Court2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
The Order of BarristersThe National Order of Barristers2008
Distinguished Military GraduateUnited States Air Force ROTC1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMckinley Irvin, PLLC2014 - Present
Commissioner Pro TemporePierce County Superior Court2014 - 2016
AttorneyNelson & Carver, P.S.2008 - 2013
Law ClerkVan Siclen, Stock2008 - 2008
Legal InternSmith Alling Lane, P.S.2006 - 2007
Director of Enterprise SalesOnvia2003 - 2004
Regional Sales ManagerVerizon Call Center Services2002 - 2003
Vice President of SalesIP Sciences2001 - 2002
Regional ManagerStaples - Communications Division1998 - 2001
General ManagerConvergent Technologies1996 - 1998
PresidentThe Arend Group1995 - 2008
Executive SalesMcCaw Cellular Communications1993 - 1995
Manager - Corporate OfficeStairMaster1989 - 1992
Fighter Pilot and OfficerUnited States Air Force1982 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2015 - 2015
The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtChairman - Platinum Achievement Committee2013 - 2015
Puyallup Area Aging in Place CoalitionBoard of Directors2012 - 2013
Washington State Bar AssociationRules of Professional Conduct Committee2012 - 2012
Washington State Bar AssociationContinuing Legal Education Committee2012 - 2014
C3 Leaders ForumMember2010 - 2015
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Convention CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Cascade Vista Athletic ClubBoard Member/Trustee2010 - 2013
Cascade Vista Athletic ClubVolunteer Attorney2009 - 2012
Washington State Bar AssociationProfessionalism Committee2009 - 2011
YMCA Mock Trial Competition - South SoundAttorney Rater2009 - 2012
Pierce County NetworkMember (President 2010-2012)2009 - 2014
Washington State Bar Association Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project "HFLAP"Volunteer Attorney2009 - 2014
Federal Bar Association - Western WashingtonEthics and Practice Committee2008 - 2010
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services ClinicVolunteer Attorney2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2009
Washington Association for JusticeMember2006 - 2011
NTSB Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2007
The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, Chapter XXVBarrister2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2011
King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2012
KIROSMember2002 - Present
Telecommunications Association - NorthwestPresident2001 - 2003
National Association of Purchasing Managers - Western WashingtonBoard Member1991 - 1992
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationMember1988 - Present
USAAMember1986 - Present
Washington Pilots AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Olson v. Earth-to-Earth Construction et alSettled
Schactler v. BarnardSettled
Bonthuis v. TemplemannAdjudicated
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)Trial SkillsTrial Skills2009
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
King County Dispute Resolution CenterMediatorMediation Training2006
Leadership InstituteLeadershipGraduate1996
Shoreline Community CollegePurchasingCertificate1992
United States Air ForceVarious Pilot Training ProgramsFighter Pilot1987
University of Washington School of LawPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business LuncheonEstate Planning Essentials and Recent Changes in the Law2013
South Hill ProfessionalsEstate Planning Basics2012
Edward Jones - Puyallup: Client RoundtableEstate Planning Essentials2012
Pierce County Network MeetingThe Economics of Business Disputes2011
Mock Trial ClassCourtroom Skills and Etiquette2011
Financial Planning SeminarUse of Trusts in Estate and Financial Planning2011
Professional Responsibility PresentationProfessionalism: Where the RPCs Leave Off2010
Pierce County Network LuncheonBusiness Law for Business Owners2010
Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance ConferenceRecent Developments in Aviation Case Law2007