Kevin J. Hamilton

Kevin J. Hamilton


Perkins Coie LLP

Recognized since 2007

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Law

Commercial Litigation

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Labor and Employment
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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.

Location

  • 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

Languages

  • French

Education

  • University of Washington , BA

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association

Affiliations

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

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals

Perkins Coie LLP
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

263 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

93 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Labor and Employment

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Civil Rights Law, Seattle (2020)
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, Seattle (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

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

Special Focus

  • Management

Awards:

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

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

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