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I devote my practice entirely to family law, with a focus on complex parenting cases. These types of cases are my focus because I enjoy helping parents get through the difficult and stressful process of a divorce or custody proceeding feeling informed and empowered. I believe that my role as an attorney is not only to help the client understand the law and how it will impact their life, but also to provide a sense of security, predictability, and even comfort throughout their case.

In addition to complex parenting cases, I handle all types of family law cases from the straightforward to the complex.

I am currently serving as the mentor for the King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor program. I provide training, support, and advice to a group of attorneys who are new to family law, and who have volunteered to provide direct representation to low-income persons involved in a family law matter where a child is at risk. Many of these clients are victims of domestic violence.

I am committed to being a resource not only to my clients, but to the community at large, particularly in the areas of domestic violence advocacy and the welfare of children.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 70%
  2. Family: 30%



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Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

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  • Rachel R. Bender

    I endorse this lawyer. Elizabeth graciously took the time to give me wonderful advice about practicing family law while I was a law student. She's clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about family law.


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Contact info

McKinley Irvin

1501 4th Avenue
Suite 1750
Seattle, WA, 98101



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Mentor of the YearKing County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcKinley Irvin2012 - Present
Family Law MentorKing County Bar Association2013 - 2013
AssociateRao & Pierce, PLLC2008 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee ProgramMentor2013 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Marriage of Goldsmith, Court of Appeals of the State of Washington, Division II, No. 37291-0.Affirmed in favor of the Respondent in an upublished opinion.
RelocationSuccessfully blocked the relocation pending trial. The parties ultimately settled with the mother agreeing not to relocate.
Dissolution of MarriageThe parties settled their case with the wife receiving several years of maintenance and a disproportionate award of property.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Smith CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
McKinley Irvin Family Law Speaker SeriesDe Facto Parentage: Understanding Local Laws2014