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Kevin M. Hastings is a tenacious and talented attorney who has dedicated his life to helping those injured by the wrongful acts of others. Born and raised in a family of commercial fisherman, Kevin was inspired to become a lawyer when his uncle suffered catastrophic injury while fishing in the Bering Sea. His uncle’s injury has shaped many aspects of Kevin’s life, but perhaps most importantly, it has inspired him to fight tirelessly for his clients in the toughest of cases each and every day.

Kevin is a northwest native and currently lives in Tacoma. After graduating cum laude from Seattle University School of law, Kevin began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for Judge C.C. Bridgewater and Judge Jill Johanson at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Through his work at the court, Kevin gained valuable insight into the appellate process and honed fundamental lawyering skills. When his two-year clerkship ended, Kevin proudly joined PCVA and immediately began working for those who have been inured from the wrongful acts of others.

Since joining PCVA, Kevin has focused his practice on government liability, class actions, bad faith insurance law, wrongful death, civil rights, and catastrophic personal injury. He works in PCVA’s Tacoma office, but his practice extends into several Washington counties and federal court. Kevin works closely with Darrell Cochran, and together they have obtained several important results, including a recent $1.425 million dollar verdict against the Olympia School District in 2012. Kevin also fights for open government in a side practice that focuses on Washington’s Public Records Act, and he has a significant appellate practice where he uses his specialized skill set from his clerkship days to help shape Washington law for future clients.

Kevin is a member of the William Dwyer Inns of Court and the Robert J. Brian Inns of Court, organizations that are both committed to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the legal profession. He also supports his alma matter by regularly sitting as a judge for Seattle University School of Law’s mock trial competitions. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys snowboarding, hunting big game, and back-country hiking.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 30%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Civil Rights: 20%
  4. Appeals: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Margaret Barton Lund

    I highly endorse Kevin Hastings. Kevin is a tireless advocate for his clients and a fierce litigator. His presence demands control of the courtroom, ensuring that his client’s position is well-received. When I have clients or peers who are in need of an experienced, capable, and passionate personal injury attorney, I always refer them to Kevin. I would trust Kevin to handle any personal injury matter without hesitation.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
CALI Award in Legal Writing ICALI Excellence for the Future2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board MemberBanchero Disability Partners2014 - Present
AttorneyPfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC2011 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkWashington State Court of Appeals2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. District Court of OregonAdmitted to Practice2015 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2015 - Present
Oregon State Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Robert J. Bryan American Inns of CourtMember2013 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
Seattle King County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2012 - Present
U.S. District Court of Eastern WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
William Dwyer American Inns of CourtMember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Payne v. Peninsula Sch. Dist., 653 F.3d 863 (2011)Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court denied.
Villarreal v. Olympia School DistrictSettlement for $750,000
Vernon v. Aacres Allvest, LLCReversed and remanded in part, affirmed in part
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude2009
University of WashingtonInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Rules of Evidence: A Practical ToolkitPresenting to the Judge and Jury2015
The Rules of Evidence: A Practical ToolkitPresenting to the Judge and Jury2015
Personal Injury Law: From Start to FinishPreparing and Presenting the Personal Injury Case at Trial2015
Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtPsychiatric Conditions and the Law2015
William L. Dwyer American Inn of CourtThe Merchant of Venice: Mercy and Compassion in the Courtroom2014
NALSPreparing Exhibits and Presentations for Trial2014
Mock TrialAppellate Mock Trial Judge2014
Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtFamily Law CLE2014
Annual Year-End Potpourri CLESchool Liability: How to Recognize and Pursue School Liability Claims2014
Affordable Care Act: Impact on Injury SettlementsHow Will the ACA Affect Injured Elderly and Disabled Clients?2014
Personal Injury 101Personal Injury CLE2013
Legal WritingAppellate Mock Trial Judge2012
Mock TrialAppellate Mock Trial Judge2011