David B. Starks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Seattle, WA

McKinley Irvin
 | 1501 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1750
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-625-9600
Fax: 206-223-1999
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    David B. Starks is a partner at McKinley Irvin, a family law firm with offices throughout western Washington. From the firm's Seattle and Bellevue offices, he offers compassionate representation to clients throughout King County navigating contentious divorce proceedings, including those involving significant assets and challenging child custody matters. With a background in business and commercial law, he is particularly well-equipped to assist his clients in strategically valuing, retaining and preserving the assets they worked diligently to earn, and his negotiation and arbitration experience helps him devise balanced and practical solutions to high-conflict custody and property division matters. Mr. Starks also concentrates a portion of his practice on international family law cases, including those involving the enforcement and recovery of foreign support awards and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

    Mr. Starks obtained his J.D. cum laude at Seattle University School of Law. Following his graduation, he gained experience in mediation, arbitration and litigation involving securities and maritime law through the National Association of Securities Dealers, the self-regulatory FINRA predecessor that oversaw the operation of stock markets like the NASDAQ. Mr. Starks joined McKinley Irvin as a partner in 2005.

    Admitted to practice in Texas, Oregon, and Washington, Mr. Starks is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington. His numerous honors include being a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, being listed in the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012, and being inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. A former section adviser for the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, Mr. Starks previously served as a committee co-chair within that section.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008

    Certificates and Credentials

    International Academy of Family Lawyers

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    About David Starks

    Admitted: 1998, Washington

    Professional Webpage: https://www.mckinleyirvin.com/attorney-profiles/david-starks...


    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Top 100 Attorneys in Washington State , Washington Super Lawyers, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    • Cum laude, Seattle University School of Law
    • Awarded National Membership in The Order of Barristers
    • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Distinguished as a Washington Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Family Law
    • Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL)
    • Avvo.com 10.0 "Superb" rating

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Licensed to practice in Washington, Oregon and Texas
    • Licensed to practice in the U.S. District Courts of Western Washington and Eastern Washington

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Former Member, Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee
    • President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Washington Chapter, 2018 - Present, 2020
    • Member, Washington State Bar Association
    • Member, Oregon State Bar
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Former Section Advisor, American Bar Association, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws' Drafting Committee on the Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children, 2011 - Present
    • Member, King County Bar Association
    • Member, Section of International Law, American Bar Association
    • Member, Section of Family Law, American Bar Association
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Former Co-Chair, American Bar Association, International Law Section Family Law Committee, 2010-2011
    • Former Member, King County Bar Association's Judicial Screening Committee

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Featured guest, "Legal Line with Bob Pitman," KTTH Radio
    • Former member, Tacoma-Pierce County YMCA Board of Governors

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter, Conclusion of Case, Final Pleadings, Trial Preparation, Dissolution from A-Z, King County Bar Association CLE (Seattle, 2017), 2017
    • Presenter, Dealing With the UCCJEA, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2015
    • Presenter, Law Practice Management - Implementing Technology in Your Practice, AAML (Seattle, Washington), 2015
    • Panelist, Disputes Relating to Children on Separation of Parents/Carers, AIJA / ABA (Brighton, UK), 2015
    • Program Chair, Domestic Violence Allegations in International Family Cases, American Bar Association (Seattle, Washington), 2014
    • Program Chair, Primer on Asian Family Law, American Bar Association (Seattle, Washington), 2014
    • Presenter, Stock Grants, Awards and Options - Property or Income, King County Collaborative Family Law Practice Group, 2014
    • Presenter, Unusual Valuation Issues, Third Annual Complex and High Asset Divorce, The Seminar Group / AAML (Seattle, Washington), 2014
    • Presenter, Spotting and Solving UCCJEA Issues, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2013
    • Presenter, Key Players in Cross Border Real Estate Investments, AIJA / ABA (Cannes, France), 2013
    • Presenter, Unconventional Issues in Child Custody and Abduction Cases, American Bar Association (Anchorage, Alaska), 2013
    • Presenter, Equitable Distribution in Divorce, National Business Institute, 2013
    • Presenter, Innovations, Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, University of Texas / AAML (Austin, Texas), 2013
    • Program Chair / Panelist, Finding Hidden Overseas Assets, American Bar Association (Seattle, Washington), 2014
    • Presenter, US Hague Cases and the UCCJEA, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012
    • Presenter, For Better or Worse: International Issues in Marriage and Divorce, American Bar Association (New York), 2012
    • Presenter, Marital Misbehavior, the Chronically Noncompliant Party: Remedies, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012
    • Panelist, Recognition of Foreign Court Orders and Conflicts of Laws, American Bar Association CLE (Washington D.C.), 2012
    • Panelist, Saving a Stolen Childhood: How to Prevent and Resolve International Kidnapping Cases, American Bar Association CLE (Las Vegas, 2011), 2011
    • Panelist, Family Enterprises in Distress: Issues to Consider, American Bar Association CLE (Dublin, Ireland), 2011
    • Presenter, Divorce Litigation-Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2011
    • Presenter, Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, King County Bar Association (Seattle), 2010
    • Co-Author, International Family Law, Washington State Bar Association Family Law Desk Book, 2010
    • Moderator, Domestic Violence: A View from the Bench, National Business Institute, 2009
    • Presenter, Family Law Boot Camp, Washington State Bar Association CLE, 2009
    • Presenter, International Family Law: The Hague Convention, King County Bar Association CLE, 2008


    • Washington State Court of Appeals Division II, In re the Marriage of Meredith, 2009

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Featured source authority, "In Any Tongue It's Still 'Goodbye,'" Washington Law & Politics, 2009

    Educational Background:

    • University of Southern Indiana, B.A., Cum laude, Major: English
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    1501 Fourth Avenue
    Suite 1750
    Seattle, WA 98101

    Phone: 206-625-9600

    Fax: 206-223-1999

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