150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Marc T. Christianson

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McKinley Irvin

Contact Information

1201 Pacifc Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma WA 98402
Work (253) 952-4290
Fax (253) 597-7378


Practice State

Washington

Introduction

Marc T. Christianson is the Law Practice Managing Partner at McKinley Irvin. He has practiced family law since 1976, currently focusing on complex dissolution matters involving significant assets, property, or business interests, as well as family law mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice. Marc is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, designated as a “Super Lawyer,” and listed in “Best Lawyers in America.” He is a past president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Founding Member & First Chair, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section and has served as a pro tempore Superior Court Commissioner and Superior Court Judge in Pierce County.

Emphasis

Practice emphasizes Traditional Client Representation, Litigation and Collaborative Divorce. Also available as an Arbitrator or Mediator.

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Counties

  • Kitsap, Washington
  • Pierce, Washington
  • Thurston, Washington

Education

BS University of Puget Sound-1971 JD University of Puget Sound, School of Law-1974

Legal Organizations

Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association Trust Account Responsibilities and Retainers Task Force, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals of Washington, Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County

Awards

Top 10 Attorneys in Washington State, Washington Super Lawyers, 2016; "Lawyer of the Year" 2015, by Best Lawyers in the field of Family Law, Seattle metro area; Top 100 Attorneys in Washington State, Washington Super Lawyers, 2012-2016; Distinguished as a Washington Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers®, 2006-2016; Selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Family Law, 2005-2017; Peer review rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®; Avvo.com 10.0 “Superb” rating.

CLE Presentations

"Experts Before Trial", Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE, October 2016; “Uninsured Motorist Arbitrations from a Neutral Arbitrator's Perspective,” Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE, December 2010; "Family Law 101: Time for a Reality Check, “Washington State Bar Association CLE, December 2010; "Preparation of Your Case and Client for Settlement Conference and Trial," Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE, October 2008; Ethics presentation with Bob Gould, Family Law Section Midyear Meeting & Seminar, Washington State Bar Association CLE and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Annual Retreat, May 2008 and June 2006; "QDROs and More: Mastering the Division and Assignment of Retirement Benefits in a Marital Dissolution," Washington State Bar Association CLE, October 2007.

Author

"11 Cardinal Rules of Family Law Mediation," Pierce County Lawyer, June 2014; "Mediation in Family Law: Eight Lessons Learned," King County Bar Bulletin, February 2014; "Interview with Marc T. Christianson: The Power of Collaborative Divorce," Parent Alliance, February 2014; "Suggestions for Better Mediation," Washington State Bar Family Law Section Newsletter, Winter 2007; "It's All About Serving Our Members," Washington State Bar Family Law Section Newsletter, Spring 2003; "Renewal for One, Please," Washington State Bar Family Law Section Newsletter, Winter 2002.

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