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About me

I understand the stress each client experiences during a family law case. Each client deserves to be treated with respect and compassion, which is how I interact with my clients.



I believe in meticulous, tenacious representation
regardless of whether a case is resolved by settlement or litigation. I also
believe successful results can be achieved in a dignified and respectful
manner. This is how I have practiced family law for over 35 years.



Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 85%
  2. Mediation: 10%
  3. Family: 5%



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Contact info

McKinley Irvin

1011 E. Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA, 98372

McKinley Irvin

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA, 98402-4314



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Attorneys in Washington StateWashington Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2016
Top 100 Attorneys in Washington StateWashington Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
Family Law Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyer, Family LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Attorneys in Washington StateWashington Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in America- Family LawThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Attorneys in Washington StateSuper Lawyers2012
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale Hubbell:
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
AV Rating- Highest Rating PossibleMartindale-Hubbell2011
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Washington Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law Practice Managing PartnerMcKinley Irvin2010 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Marc T. Christianson1993 - 2010
PartnerHaarmann & Christianson1982 - 1993
PartnerPeterson, Haarmann & Christianson1981 - 1981
AssociatePeterson & Haarmann1976 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsMember2012 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2012 - Present
WSBA Family Law Section BoardExecutive Committee2005 - 2008
WSBA Family Law Section BoardExecutive Committee Chair2002 - 2003
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationPresident1989 - 1990
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationVice President1988 - 1989
Publication nameTitleDate
Pierce County Lawyer11 Cardinal Rules of Family Law Mediation2014
Washington State Bar Family Law Section NewsletterSuggestions for Better Mediation2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of Puget SoundN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law 101Tips and Tricks in Family Law2010
Annual Year End PotpourriUninsured Motorist Arbitration2010
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLEPreparation of Your Case and Client For Settlement Conference and Trial2008
Washington State Bar Association CLEQDROs and More: Mastering the Division and Assignment of Retirement Benefits in a Marital Dissolution2007