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Every client who walks in the door has a different life story, so I never know what the day will bring.  Emotions often run high in our type of practice, and it is a challenge for family law attorneys to strike the appropriate balance between compassion and empathy on one hand, and calm objectivity on the other.  But, that is precisely what we must do.  In family law, we deal with real people, not faceless corporations.  For me, it is much more satisfying to help families during the most difficult times in their lives.



Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 90%
  2. Child Support: 5%
  3. Child Custody: 5%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Bryon Guymon Divorce and separation Attorney
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    Laura is a hard-working and well-respected attorney in Pierce County. I endorse Laura as as a family law attorney.


    Amber Austin Child custody Attorney
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Contact info

McKinley Irvin - Tacoma Office

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

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
Top 10 Attorney in the State of WashingtonNational Academy of Family Law Attorneys2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Top 50 Women Attorneys in Washington StateSuper Lawyer2014
Top 100 LawyerThe National Advocates2014
Top 100 LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcKinley Irvin2009 - Present
Rule 9 Law ClerkWashington Attorney General's Office2007 - 2007
Law ClerkWashington Attorney General's Office2006 - 2006
Legal AssistantMcKinley Irvin2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
King County Bar Association Legal ClinicVolunteerN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Oregon Law ReviewManaging BoardN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Military CommitteeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of Swaka, ____ P.3d ____, 2014 WL 657934 (Feb. 20, 2014).The Court of Appeals upheld our requested restrictions against the father and our use of Skype for trial testimony, setting new legal precedent for Washington State.
Request for delegation of residential time to a step-mother and stay of proceedings due to the father’s deployment.The client’s requests were granted.
Divorce with adult childrenThe trial court granted our proposed division of assets and debts and awarded the client over $17,000 in attorney fees.
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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
King County Bar BulletinProtections for Military Servicemembers in Civil Cases2014
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association“Technological Developments Create New Opportunities in the Courtroom”2014
McKinley IrvinUnderstanding the Division of Property in Divorce2011
McKinley IrvinWhy and When You Need a Divorce Lawyer2011
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMilitary Moms and Dads: How to Protect the Rights of Deployed Parents2010
King County Bar Association CLE"Military Family Law Practice Tips,"2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical Science & SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Training for King County Judges and CommissionersMilitary Family Law2014
Military - Judge Advocate General SeminarRelocations for Military Families2014
Family Law: Advanced Issues - TacomaSpecial Issues in Military Divorce2014
Family Law: Advanced Issues - SeattleSpecial Issues in Military Divorce2014
Emerging Family Law Issues - Washington State Bar AssociationRelocations for Military Families2014
19th Annual Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Convention 2013“Pre-Trial Strategy in Family Law Cases”2013
Lunchtime Family Law CLE SeriesNavigating Family Law Issues for Military Parties2012
Retirement Assets and Domestic RelationsMilitary Pensions: Checklists and Resources for Dividing Disposable Retirement Pay2011
King County Bar Association CLEMilitary Family Law Practice Tips2010