Professional Biography
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Kevin J. Hamilton Partner

Firmwide Chair, Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099







  • 05.19.2016
    Defend Trade Secrets Act Contains New Immunity Notification Requirements for Employers
    The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016, creates a new private civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation.
  • 03.03.2016
    New Law Increases Scrutiny for Importing Goods Made with Forced Labor
    The federal government took another step in the fight against human trafficking and forced labor.  President Obama signed into law on February 24, 2016, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA).
  • 09.03.2014
    Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC: Franchisors Are Not Vicariously Liable as “Employers” or “Principals” for Their Franchisees’ Employees’ Workplace Conduct, California High Court Rules
    In a significant win for franchisors, the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that although Domino’s “imposes comprehensive and meticulous standards for marketing its trademarked brand and operating its franchises in a uniform way,” it cannot be held vicariously liable as an “employer” or “principal” in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by an employee of a Domino’s franchisee.
  • 11.20.2012
    Supreme Court to Hear Another Case on Class Arbitration Waivers
    On November 9, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the enforceability of a class action waiver clause in agreements between American Express and merchants that accepted its cards. The merchants filed a proposed class action suit against Amex, alleging that its “Honor All Cards” policy—which required stores to accept Amex’s charge cards as well as its credit cards—violated federal antitrust law.
  • 04.10.2012
    Alert: Apple's Supply Chain Fair Labor Report
    In the wake of the recent negative publicity deluge, including a segment on a national newsmagazine show, alleging labor violations including the use of child labor, safety violations and unfair pay practices, late last week Apple released a third-party report detailing problems and proposed solutions at one of its largest suppliers.
  • 11.01.2011
    Top Ten Employment "Potholes" to Avoid in California
    California, standing alone, has the eighth largest economy in the world, with a gross state product of nearly $2 trillion in 2010. It is no surprise that the state is an irresistible market for many leading (and emerging) companies with significant workforce populations. But California is also one of the most perilous jurisdictions for employers, featuring a harsh, unforgiving and sometimes unexpectedly quirky regulatory environment, all enforced by a large population of zealous plaintiffs’ lawyers. Doing business in California can be perilous indeed.
  • 07.19.2011
    Federal Reserve Board's Final Rule Implementing the “Durbin Interchange Amendment” to the Dodd–Frank Act
    On October 1, 2011 a new Federal Reserve Board Final Rule implementing the “Durbin Interchange Amendment” to the Dodd-Frank Act will go into effect.
  • 06.21.2011
    Supreme Court Tightens The Rules for Employment Class Actions
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the long-awaited Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision yesterday. The Court's decision is good news for employers as it will make it more difficult for plaintiffs to pursue large class actions against employers.
  • 03.2010
    Anonymous Speech and Disclosure Requirements in Light of Citizens United and Doe v. Reed
    Lawyer Publications

    Election Law Seminar

  • 06.25.2015
    2015 Employment Law Workshop
    Topics discussed include recent NLRB rulings, guidelines for employee handbooks, wage and hour and leave and accommodation issues and a general update on the latest employment law developments.
  • 07.07.2014
    Recounts in the Post-Bush v. Gore Era
    Speaking Engagements
    Williams & Mary Law School / Williamsburg, VA
  • 05.06.2014
    Recounts in the Post-Bush v. Gore Era
    Speaking Engagements
    American Constitutional Society / Seattle, WA
  • 06.05.2012
    2012 Employment Law Workshop
    Advanced Issues in Employee Leave Law / Bellevue, WA
  • 05.19.2010


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


  • 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


  • French