I help familes use education law and guardianship 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. 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 $1,800 for an uncontested guardianship, $2,800 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.
Contingent (33%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Certificate in Dispute Resolution||Willamette University College of Law||2012|
|Competitor in National Negotiation Competition||American Bar Association||2012|
|High Paper in Elder Law||Willamette University College of Law||2011|
|Regional Finalist in Negotiation Competition||American Bar Association||2011|
|Delmer Dewey Award for Outstanding Male Graduate||Western Oregon University||2009|
|High Paper in Criminal Law||Willamette University College of Law||2009|
|Partner||Hanson & Walgenkim, LLC||2015 - Present|
|Owner/Attorney||Christopher D. Hamilton, PC||2014 - 2015|
|Of Counsel||Hanson & Walgenkim, LLC||2014 - 2015|
|Attorney||Wiscarson Law, A Professional Corporation||2012 - 2014|
|Law Clerk||Wiscarson Law, A Professional Corporation||2009 - 2012|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates||Member||2014 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Estate Planning and Administration Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar, Elder Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|Multnomah Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2014|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2012 - Present|
|Christian Legal Society||Co-Chaplin and Co-Treasurer||2011 - 2012|
|Multicultural Law Student Association||Memeber||2010 - 2012|
|Christian Legal Society||President||2010 - 2011|
|Willamette University Moot Court Board||Board Member||2010 - 2012|
|American Bar Association, Law Student Division||Member||2009 - 2012|
|Percentage of Cases Settled in 2012||Wiscarson 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 2013||Wiscarson 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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|r.i.s.e. Conference Supplement||Guardianship: Who Needs One and How It Works||2012|
|Oregon Disability Megaconference Supplement||What Should this IEP Say Anyway?||2011|
|Building Futures Conference Supplement||Self Disclosure in Employment and Higher Education||2011|
|Willamette University College of Law||Law and Dispute Resolution||Doctor of Jurisprudence||2012|
|Western Oregon University||Public Policy and Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||2009|
|WR123 Composition--Research||Research Writing in the Law||2015|
|Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair||Behavior and the IEP||2015|
|Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair||FAPE 101: Special Education Law Basics||2014|
|Dislecksia: The Movie screening||Dyslexia Discussion Panel||2014|
|Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair||What Should this IEP Say Anyway?||2013|
|r.i.s.e. Conference||Guardianship: Who Needs One and How It Works.||2012|
|Oregon Disability Megaconference||What Should this IEP Say Anyway?||2011|
|Building Futures||Self Disclosure in Employment and Higher Education||2011|