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Kevin Hochhalter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Lacey, WA

Olympic Appeals PLLC
4570 Avery Ln SE, #C-217
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-717-5024
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed in Washington Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Appellate
Attorney Profile

Attorney Kevin Hochhalter is the founder and owner of Olympic Appeals PLLC in Lewis County, Washington. A top-rated attorney with more than nine years of legal experience, Mr. Hochhalter focuses his practice solely on appeals. He has achieved notable success handling civil, criminal and family law appeals before the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Through his practice, Mr. Hochhalter provides exceptional appellate service and support not only to his clients directly but also to other attorneys who may not have the same level of experience in this area. Appeals typically require a unique skillset and do not follow the same procedures as traditional trial cases, and Mr. Hochhalter has invaluable knowledge of how judges approach these types of cases as well as the research and writing skills necessary to build the strongest cases possible for his clients.

Whether working with a client directly or providing support to another attorney, Mr. Hochhalter strives to deliver the highest level of personalized counsel possible while maintaining open communication throughout every step of the process. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned high peer review ratings on Martindale-Hubbell* as well as many other accolades from his peers. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with many referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 2000 graduate of Brigham Young University, Mr. Hochhalter worked as a graphic designer in Issaquah, Washington, before returning to the university to receive his Master of Public Policy in 2007. He then attended the University of Iowa College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor with High Distinction in 2010, graduating Order of the Coif. While in law school, he won Best Brief at the McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition and he received the Joan Hueffner & Stephen Steinbrink Real Estate Award.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Hochhalter is a member of the local bar associations of Clark County, Lewis County, Thurston County, Tacoma/Pierce County, and King County. He is a member of the Appellate Law Section of the King County Bar Association and the Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Appellate
Focus Areas



1 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

About Kevin Hochhalter

First Admitted: 2010, Washington

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  • Graduated Fifth in Class, University of Iowa College of Law, 2010
  • Washington Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2018 - 2019

Educational Background

  • JD, University of Iowa College of Law, 2010
  • Master of Public Policy, Brigham Young University, 2007
  • BA, Brigham Young University, 2000

Pro bono/Community Service

  • One-third of my caseload was comprised of court-appointed appeals on behalf of indigent criminal defendants. I took 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, 2017-20, 2020


  • In re Marriage of Nehring, Wash. Ct. App. No. 52217-9-II (Mar. 17, 2020): No facial legal error in arbitrator's dissolution decision. Award of attorney's fees on appeal to client for defending frivolous appeal., 2020
  • State v. Brooks, __ Wn.2d __, 455 P.3d 1151 (Jan. 23, 2020): Under particular facts of the case, State's amendment of the charging document after close of trial was not prejudicial to defendant., 2020
  • In re Marriage of Winters, __ Wn. App. 2d __, 456 P.3d 862 (Jan. 23, 2020): 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., 2020
  • Porter v. Kirkendoll, 194 Wn.2d 194, 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 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

  • Private individuals and businesses: I represent a wide variety of individuals and businesses in civil and family law appeals., 2022
  • 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., 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, 2021-22, 2022
  • Washington State Bar Association (Small Practice Section), 2018-2022, 2022
  • King County Bar Association (Appellate Section), 2019-2022, 2022
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, 2018-2022, 2022
  • Thurston County Bar Association, 2016-2022, 2022
  • Clark County Bar Association, 2018-2022, 2020
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Office Location for Kevin Hochhalter

4570 Avery Ln SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Phone: 360-717-5024

Last Updated: 9/14/2022

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