Kevin Hochhalter

Kevin Hochhalter

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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Lacey, WA

Olympic Appeals PLLC
 | 4570 Avery Lane SE, Suite C-217
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-717-5024
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
Attorney Profile

Appeals are my passion. There is nothing more thrilling to me as a lawyer than standing before the highest judges to explain to them why the law should favor my client. If your case is headed toward appeal, I would be honored to stand for you.

I started Olympic Appeals PLLC in 2017 to provide high quality representation and helpful client service in civil, criminal, and family law appeals. I work hard to present each case with focus and clarity, helping the judges to make a correct decision in my client's favor. I pledge to keep my clients and their trial lawyers informed as the case progresses, to be open and honest, to listen to their concerns and answer their questions.

I graduated fifth in my class at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2010. I have been the lead appellate attorney on over 50 cases in state and federal appellate courts. I have been recognized by peers, judges, and court staff for the quality of my work. I continuously work to hone the skills that have led to my success.

I am available for referral, association, or consultation in civil, criminal, or family law appeals. Whether you are looking to hand off the case or just get a little help, I am here for you.

About Kevin Hochhalter

Admitted: 2010, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.olympicappeals.com/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington State Bar Association (Small Practice Section), 2019
  • King County Bar Association (Appellate Section), 2019
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, 2019
  • Clark County Bar Association, 2019
  • Thurston County Bar Association, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • One-third of my caseload is comprised of court-appointed appeals on behalf of indigent criminal defendants. I take these cases at well below my ordinary fee in order to do my part to ensure access to justice and to protect constitutional rights for all., 2019

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Porter v. Kirkendoll, ___ Wn.2d ___, 449 P.3d 627 (Sept. 26, 2019): Landowner directly liable for instructing loggers to cut neighbor's trees. Tort Reform Act applies to timber trespass, now a strict liability tort., 2019
  • In re Marriage of Winters, No. 50959-8-II (Wash. Ct. App. July 2, 2019) (unpublished, motion to publish pending): Trial court's own motion under UCCJEA is subject to requirements of CR 7 to provide the parties adequate notice of the issues and an opportunity to present argument prior to a decision., 2019
  • In re Custody of S.M., 9 Wn. App. 2d 325, 444 P.3d 637 (July 1, 2019). A parent may establish adequate cause for modification or termination of a nonparental custody order by showing that the parent is no longer unfit or a danger to the children., 2019
  • Dalen v. St. John Medical Center, 8 Wn.App.2d 49, 436 P.3d 877 (Mar. 19, 2019): "Predetention restraint" of a potential mental patient pending evaluation under RCW 71.05.050 is only justified if hospital staff has a reasonable suspicion that the patient presents an imminent likelihood of serious harm or an imminent danger because of grave disability., 2019
  • Porter v. Kirkendoll, 5 Wn. App. 2d 686, 421 P.3d 1036 (July 17, 2018): Landowner directly liable for instructing loggers to cut neighbor's trees. Tort Reform Act does not apply to intentional tort of timber trespass., 2018
  • State v. Butler, 2 Wn. App. 2nd 549, 411 P.3d 393 (Feb. 20, 2018). Conviction overturned due to unlawful seizure., 2018
  • Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf, PS, 189 Wn.2d 315, 402 P.3d 245 (2017) (affirming 193 Wn.App. 731, 373 P.3d 320 (2016)). Seeking to require disclosure to the client of insurance defense counsel’s ongoing relationship with the insurer. 5-4 decision against., 2017
  • Nichols v. Peterson Northwest, Inc., 197 Wn. App. 491, 389 P.3d 617 (2016). Construction contractors owe an independent tort duty to avoid damage to persons and property other than their work., 2016

Representative Clients:

  • Washington State Office of Public Defense: One-third of my caseload is court-appointed appeals on behalf of indigent criminal defendants. I take these cases at well below my ordinary fee in order to do my part to ensure access to justice and to protect constitutional rights for all., 2019
  • Private individuals and businesses: I represent a wide variety of individuals and businesses in civil and family law appeals., 2019
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Office Location for Kevin Hochhalter

4570 Avery Lane SE
Suite C-217
Lacey, WA 98503

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Last Updated: 11/9/2019

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