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Kevin J. Hamilton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Perkins Coie LLP

Kevin J. Hamilton focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. Mr. Hamilton has addressed, through counseling, negotiation, or litigation, a broad range of key issues critical to the modern workplace. Mr. Hamilton has particular experience with non-competition, trade secret, multiple plaintiff and class action litigation. Mr. Hamilton chairs the firm's nationally-recognized Retail & Consumer Industry practice, including more than 200 lawyers throughout the firm who focus on issues across the spectrum confronting the retail and consumer products industry.

Mr. Hamilton has worked closely with a wide variety of clients on employment-related issues, including Starbucks, Microsoft, Vulcan Inc., Experience Music Project, Eddie Bauer, The Boeing Company, Intellectual Ventures and Puget Energy, among others.

In addition, Mr. Hamilton has particular experience with election and political law, including recounts, election contests, redistricting, campaign finance issues, and the administration of elections. Mr. Hamilton has represented numerous candidates in statewide recounts, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (2010), Minnesota Senator Al Franken (2008), Washington Governor Christine Gregoire (2004), and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell (2000).  Mr. Hamilton represented both Senator Franken and Governor Gregoire as trial counsel in election contests in 2005 (Gregoire) and 2009 (Franken). Other election law clients have included Jay Inslee for Governor (2012), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (2004 and 2010), U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (2000, 2006, 2012), Darcy Burner for Congress (2006 and 2008), Suzan DelBene (2010), Washington Families Standing Together (supporting Referendum 71, 2009), King County Executive Dow Constantine (2009), and various other federal, state and local candidates. Mr. Hamilton has been involved in redistricting litigation in Nevada, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, New York and Florida.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington


  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Listed in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers,” 2012 - 2014
  • Listed in Corporate Counsel, "Labor & Employment Law," 2008
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, "Best Lawyers"
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington's Super Lawyers," 2003 - 2013
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8741
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year


  • University of Washington (BA)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American Law Institute (ALI), — Member
  • Principles of Election Law; American Law Institute — Advisor
  • King County Redistricting Commission — Member
  • American Employment Law Council — Member
  • Georgetown University Law Center Alumni Board — Member


  • United States Court of Appeals

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Languages Spoken
  • French