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I understand that in family law, clients need my immediate attention, time, answers, and ultimately, relief from their situation.  I know how to posture my cases for resolution, both inside and outside of the courtroom. I find that my willingness to go to court is often what can drive the settlement process with the other side. Whether we settle the case with the assistance of local mediators and arbitrators or in front of a judge, I use every asset at my disposal to gain a positive result as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 65%
  2. Child Support: 15%
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Child Custody: 10%



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Contact info

McKinley Irvin

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA, 98402



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2016
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyMcKinley Irvin2011 - Present
AssociateTim Edwards & Associates2007 - 2011
Rule 9 Legal InternLaw Office of Priscilla Vaagen2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonMember2014 - Present
Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce Countymember2014 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2007 - Present
South King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2007 - Present
Young Lawyer's AssociationMember2015 - 2016
The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, Chapter XXV 2014-2015Secretary2014 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Relocation trial with abuse and abduction allegationsClient's relocation was allowed, father's visits were restricted, abuse allegations were unfounded and fees were awarded.
DissolutionClient was awarded $9,000 per month.
Contested custody and domestic violence protection orderDomestic violence protection order was dismissed and father received 50/50 custody.
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Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinSkype Testimony: New Opportunities for Litigation Technology2014
NW Sidebar"Can I Testify via Skype?" Using Videoconferencing Technology to Enhance Remote Witness Testimony2014
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association“Technological Developments Create New Opportunities in the Courtroom”2014
McKinley IrvinChoosing the Right Family Law Attorney for You2013
McKinley IrvinWhen Should I Seek a Domestic Violence Protection Order?2013
McKinley IrvinLessons We Can Learn from Celebrity Divorces2012
McKinley Irvin7 Tips for Establishing a Parenting Plan in a Divorce2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Western Washington UniversityN/ABAN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE presentationFamily Law and Immigration2015
Association July/ August 2014 Volume“Technological Developments Create New Opportunities in the Courtroom”2014
CLEHigh Conflict Custody2013
19th Annual Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Convention 2013“Pre-Trial Strategy in Family Law Cases”2013