Virginia M. Amis Partner Virginia Amis is a partner at McKinley & Irvin.
When asked why she
made the switch from commercial law to family law in 1995, Virginia smiles."I'm the middle child of eleven children.I became a problem solver and negotiator for survival."On a more serious note, Virginia makes it clear that her
desire to practice family law is firmly rooted in personal relationships."I really enjoy meeting with clients that first time, working out with them what needs to be done in their case to make that case a success, and then putting that collaborative plan into action."She
enjoys resolving cases favorably for her
clients, something made easier given her
background and approach to the practice of law.Sands McKinley, managing partner of MI, says, "Like Jennifer Payseno, we first met Virginia when we had a case against her.
...Virginia understands how to put a case together, and her ability to be a strong advocate while maintaining her dignified composure enables her to engender respect from everyone involved in the process.
emphasizes that her
practice is collaborative.Her
clients are not second class citizens to her
, but partners."Most clients have no idea what to expect when a family law case starts.My job is not just to do the best job possible, but also explain the process to my clients, so that they can become involved in the case in a meaningful way."Virginia graduated with a B.A. in English in 1985 from the University of Central Oklahoma.She graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1991, and spent the next eleven years in Oklahoma practicing first commercial law and then family law.She
moved to Washington in 2001 and began working at MI in 2002."I just fell in love with the Seattle area," she
says."I traveled here a few times and knew that I wanted to live and retire here."Virginia
has litigated every aspect of domestic relations cases in Washington, including legal separations and divorces with custody and complex property issues, paternity cases, parenting plan or custody modification actions, child support issues, non-parental custody actions, and meretricious relationships.She is also a trained mediator, able to assist opposing parties to fashion agreements that end their disputes.
Publications Virginia Amis
, Community Property - What is it?