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Christopher David Hamilton

About me

I help familes use school law, guardianship, and elder law to protect loved ones with developmental and age-related disabilities. I also help families explore and access other legal tools to advocate for their loved ones in school and community life. 

I was inspired to a career in advocacy by watching my parents struggle to understand and advocate for my younger brother’s rights in school and after. I want to help families and individuals understand and enforce their rights under this nation's bevy of antidiscrimination laws. 

Similarly, I have a passion for helping families of individuals with disabilities and families of aging individuals navigate the guardianship process and explore the alternatives to guardianship because of my experiences with my own brother's needs. I teach families about guardianship, conservatorship, and other fiduciaries and alternative options to support individuals and maximize independence while providing support and protection from financial or other exploitation. I provide legal services to get a fiduciary appointed at a flat rate to allow families to budget for this need at a predictable price. Currently, I charge $1,500 for an uncontested guardianship, $2,300 for an uncontested temporary/emergency guardianship, and similarly low costs for other fiduciaries. 

I grew up in Tualatin and graduated from Tualatin High School. I went on to receive a BS in Public Policy and Administration from Western Oregon University, being named the outstanding male graduate of my class. I then graduated in the top ten of my class with both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University College of Law.

I have worked as an intern, law clerk, and attorney helping families advocate for educational rights since 2009. Additionally, I have helped numerous families of individuals with disabilities navigate the Oregon guardianship and conservatorship processes to ensure loved ones are cared for and protected from exploitation since 2011.  

When I am not working, I enjoy swing dancing, reading fantasy and science fiction novels, and playing in a local pep band.

Specialties: Special Education Law, Disability Advocacy, Guardianship, Alternative Dispute Resolution.


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Practice areas


  1. Guardianship: 60%
    3 years
  2. Elder Law: 30%
    3 years
  3. Education: 10%
    3 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Jack G Dekovich

    Standing up for his clients is something very personal for Christopher. Mr. Hamilton is not just a lawyer by trade but by vocation, the craft is his calling. I have nothing but confidence is the skill, professionalism and compassion of this attorney.


    Jack Dekovich Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Rebecca S Pitts

    Christopher is a wonderful colleague. He is smart, caring, and efficient. He is a great asset to our community.


    Rebecca Pitts Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hanson & Walgenkim, LLC - Portland

8835 SW Canyon Lane
Suite 130
Portland, OR, 97225

Hanson & Walgenkim, LLC - Salem

838 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR, 97301



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate in Dispute ResolutionWillamette University College of Law2012
Competitor in National Negotiation CompetitionAmerican Bar Association2012
High Paper in Elder LawWillamette University College of Law2011
Regional Finalist in Negotiation CompetitionAmerican Bar Association2011
Delmer Dewey Award for Outstanding Male GraduateWestern Oregon University2009
High Paper in Criminal LawWillamette University College of Law2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHanson & Walgenkim, LLC2015 - Present
Owner/AttorneyChristopher D. Hamilton, PC2014 - 2015
Of CounselHanson & Walgenkim, LLC2014 - 2015
AttorneyWiscarson Law, A Professional Corporation2012 - 2014
Law ClerkWiscarson Law, A Professional Corporation2009 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Marion County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration SectionMember2014 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2014 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2014
Oregon State BarMember2012 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyCo-Chaplin and Co-Treasurer2011 - 2012
Multicultural Law Student AssociationMemeber2010 - 2012
Christian Legal SocietyPresident2010 - 2011
Willamette University Moot Court BoardBoard Member2010 - 2012
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionMember2009 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Percentage of Cases Settled in 2012Wiscarson Law settled 63.64% of state complaints, state due process filings and Office for Civil Rights Complaints filed in 2012 for its clients, without completing the formal decision-making process.
Percentage of Cases Settled in 2013Wiscarson Law settled 93.75% of state complaints, state due process filings and Office for Civil Rights Complaints filed in 2013 for its clients, without completing the formal decision-making process.
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Publication nameTitleDate
r.i.s.e. Conference SupplementGuardianship: Who Needs One and How It Works2012
Oregon Disability Megaconference SupplementWhat Should this IEP Say Anyway?2011
Building Futures Conference SupplementSelf Disclosure in Employment and Higher Education2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLaw and Dispute ResolutionJD - Juris Doctor2012
Western Oregon UniversityPublic Policy and AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science2009
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WR123 Composition--ResearchResearch Writing in the Law2015
Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource FairBehavior and the IEP2015
Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource FairFAPE 101: Special Education Law Basics2014
Dislecksia: The Movie screeningDyslexia Expert Panel2014
Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource FairWhat Should this IEP Say Anyway?2013
r.i.s.e. ConferenceGuardianship: Who Needs One and How It Works.2012
Oregon Disability MegaconferenceWhat Should this IEP Say Anyway?2011
Building FuturesSelf Disclosure in Employment and Higher Education2011