Professional Biography
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Kevin J. Hamilton Partner

Firmwide Chair, Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group

  • Seattle

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    Seattle

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    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

    +1.206.359.8741

    KHamilton@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Kevin J. Hamilton focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. Mr. Hamilton has practiced law with Perkins Coie for more than 30 years and has been a partner for more than 25 years, addressing through counseling, negotiation, or litigation, a broad range of key issues critical to the modern workplace. Mr. Hamilton has extensive experience with noncompetition, trade secret, discrimination, multiple plaintiff, and wrongful discharge litigation. Mr. Hamilton chairs the firm's nationally recognized Retail & Consumer industry group, including more than 260 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., Eddie Bauer, The Boeing Company, Intellectual Ventures, Puget Energy, Amazon.com, F-5 Networks, Outdoor Voices, Alpha Technologies and J.Crew, among others.

He has broad and significant trial experience, having represented clients in litigation in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. In 2020, Mr. Hamilton led a team of lawyers in pursuing trade secret misappropriation claims against a group of five scientists on behalf of one of our largest clients, with trial slated for spring 2021.

In addition to his employment practice, Mr. Hamilton is also one of the nation’s leading election lawyers. In 2020, Mr. Hamilton led teams of lawyers involved in dozens of voting rights cases across the country, including Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, and Texas. Mr. Hamilton led a team of a dozen lawyers representing the Biden-Harris campaign in managing the recount of nearly five million ballots in the U.S. presidential election in Georgia, the second largest recount in American history and in post-election litigation in Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, Minnesota, and elsewhere. His deep experience with election and political law also includes recounts, election contests, redistricting, Voting Rights Act litigation, campaign finance issues, and the administration of elections. Mr. Hamilton has represented numerous candidates in statewide recounts, including North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (2016), Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (2013), 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).

Mr. Hamilton has represented Democrats in litigation challenging congressional and state legislative redistricting plans in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. In the 2016 election cycle, Mr. Hamilton was involved in litigation over voter registration deadlines in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.

Other election law clients have included U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the Washington State Democrats, Jay Inslee for Governor (2012, 2016, and 2020), Jay Inslee for President (2020), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (2004, 2010, and 2016), 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’s extensive trial experience won him admission to the American College of Trial Lawyers at a relatively young age and to the prestigious American Law Institute.

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Ranked by Chambers & Best Lawyers

Named “Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA for 10 years in a row

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Professional Recognition

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Named Best Lawyers' Seattle, "Civil Rights Law Lawyer of the Year," 2020
  • Named among BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2019
  • Listed in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers,” 2012 - 2021
  • Named Best Lawyers' Seattle, "Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year," 2015 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2007 - 2022: Civil Rights Law; Commercial Litigation; Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Washington's Super Lawyers," 2003 - 2018, 2020 - 2021
  • Listed in Corporate Counsel, "Labor & Employment Law," 2008
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, "Best Lawyers"
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

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Professional Leadership

  • ABA, Section of Litigation, Associate Editor, Litigation Magazine
  • The American Law Institute (ALI), Member
  • Principles of Election Law; The American Law Institute, Adviser
  • King County Redistricting Commission, Member, 1996
  • American Employment Law Council (AELC), Member
  • Georgetown University Law Center Alumni Board, Member

Community Involvement

  • YMCA Youth & Government Board, Member
  • National Book Critics Circle, Voting Member

Clerkships

  • Hon. J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1985 - 1986
  • Hon. Howard Holtzmann, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, 1986 - 1987

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Bar and Court Admissions

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

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985, Editor-in-Chief, Georgetown Law Journal
  • University of Washington, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980

Languages

  • French