COMPLEX LITIGATION. FAMILY LAW FOCUS. JUSTIN SEDELL SENIOR ASSOCIATE Justin Sedell has plans to become a judge one day, and those who know him best say his empathy, intelligence, and determination will serve him well in that capacity. Today, these very attributes accrue to the benefit of Justin’s family law clients, many of whom are involved in situations where the stakes—and the emotions—are high. “With family law cases involving allegations of child abuse, domestic violence, or sexual abuse, unwavering support from one’s attorney is imperative,” Justin claims. “My clients know unequivocally that I am on their side and that we are working together toward a common goal.” While most of his cases are less volatile than these, the people involved in them still need to know “without any doubt whatsoever” that their attorney is a staunch and caring advocate. In Justin’s eyes, they also need to know the complexities of their own cases. “Working together with my clients to define case strategy is key to my approach,” explains the Seattle University adjunct law professor. “I work hard to involve all people I represent in every step of the legal process, and I enjoy helping them to make good choices during a difficult time in their lives. I never forget that the decisions we make AREAS OF PRACTICE together will impact their future for years to come.” • Divorce • Cooperative and collaborative divorce “Whether we are involved in a relatively peaceful, collaborative law • High-conflict parenting disputes, matter or a hotly litigated domestic violence case, I work closely with including allegations of serious my clients to achieve the very best results for them and their families” domestic violence, child abuse, and --SENIOR ASSOCIATE JUSTIN SEDELL sexual abuse of children and/or adults • Mediation and arbitration of divorces In addition to his traditional law practice, Justin has expanded his and other family law disputes focus to include collaborative law, an emerging, client-centered • Intimate committed relationship law, alternative to traditional litigation in which couples can make their own including same-sex relationship decisions about their family’s future in a supportive, out-of-the-courtroom dissoltion, unmarried couples dissolution, environment. According to this talented attorney, collaborative law is and same-sex child custody disputes not appropriate in every dispute, but it can be an excellent vehicle for resolving family law issues “for the right parties in the right • Child custody situations.” • Parenting plan modifications In every case—and after a complete discussion of all the alternatives— • Relocation Justin says that he works closely with his clients to help them • Domestic violence protection orders determine the best method to resolve their very personal, very particular disputes. “Once we make that decision,” he adds, “we move forward in total and complete confidence.” COMPLEX LITIGATION. FAMILY LAW FOCUS. JUSTIN SEDELL SENIOR ASSOCIATE “Justin recently helped me secure the EDUCATION custody of my two children. He was • J.D. cum laude, Seattle University School of Law very confident from the beginning • Note and Comment Editor, Seattle University Law Review and never allowed me to feel as if I • B.A. in Political Science, University of California at Davis would not be the victor. In the end, he used his superior writing and litigation skills to win the case on IN THE MEDIA my behalf. Justin clearly outclassed • “Domestic Partnerships: Another Look, Additional Rights,” King County Bar the opposing attorney, and he left Bulletin, April 2009 the judge and courtroom observers • “A Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Navigating the Domestic Partnership in awe.” Expansion Bill,” Washington State Bar News, June 2008 —FORMER CLIENT M.V. • “Domestic Partnerships in Washington,” on KIRO TV and Northwest Cable News, March 2008 MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS • Washington State Bar Association • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section • Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law • QLaw Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee • Unified Family Court Access to Justice Committee, King County Superior Court RECENT CASES, PUBLICATIONS, AND PRESENTATIONS • Washington State Court of Appeals Division II, In re the Marriage of Meredith, February 2009 • Parenting Plans, King County Bar Association CLE, April 2009, with Elizabeth Hershman-Greven • Litigating Cases Involving Unmarried Couples, Snohomish County Bar Association CLE, January 2009 • Impacts of Washington’s Domestic Partnership Laws on the Elder Care Community, continuing education course for attorneys, healthcare administrators, and other elder care professionals, November 2008 • Relationship Agreements, King County Bar Association CLE, October 2008 • Washington’s Domestic Partnership Legislation, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE, October 2008 • “Washington's Expanded Domestic Partnership Registry Grants Important New Rights for GLBT Couples,” Perspective, May 2008, with Elizabeth Hershman-Greven CONTACT McKINLEY IRVIN ABOUT McKINLEY IRVIN T: 206.625.9600 Founded in 1991, McKinley Irvin is one of the state’s largest, most established law F: 206.223.1999 ﬁrms focusing exclusively on the practice of family law. Attorneys at McKinley Irvin, who possess more than 100 years of combined legal experience, are acknowledged firstname.lastname@example.org leaders in a range of traditional and cutting-edge areas of the practice, including 425 Pike St., Suite 500 divorce matters involving complex ﬁnancial issues, collaborative law, contested child Seattle, Washington 98101 custody, international family law, relationship agreements, and GLBT family law.
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