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Joseph A Hamell

Litigation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Joe

  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 3 years
    Washington - WA 24 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2020
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

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I am a client focused business litigation attorney.  When business owners are in tough situations, I excel at helping them achieve an outcome they can live with.


Montgomery Purdue PLLC
5500 Columbia Center
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-7096

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Posted by Sarah | November 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Truly an asset
Joseph Hamell is professional, knowledgeable, and a great person all together. He really knows his stuff, and whenever I have questions - he is always the one I go to. If you need help with law relating to your business, you don't need to look any further. Joseph will do everything he can to make sure that you are taken care of!
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Posted by Brent | August 6, 2015
Real Estate Land Sale
Being a Home Owners Association ( HOA ) with a volunteer board, we were in need of professional guidance to secure the sale of a tract of land that the HOA owned. The sale required very thorough investigation as to the process, the local regulations, and the CCR's of the HOA. Mr. Hamell and his team guided us through every step to secure the transaction and communicated with us on a level that we could understand. They were the mediators for us in dealing with the developer and it was actually, dare we say, an enjoyable experience. Our HOA highly endorses Mr. Hamell and we intend on using his firm in the near future for other projects that we are undertaking.
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Posted by Steven | May 29, 2015
Excellent representation.
I am an attorney who practices in a different area of law than Joe Hamell. When I needed a business attorney to represent my practice in a business matter, I retained Joe. Joe was very competent, professional and worked very hard on my case. I could not have asked for a better attorney to represent my business interests. I highly recommend Joe Hamell.
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Posted by Keith | August 21, 2014
Our new Home Sprinkler Requirement Dispute with King County Planning Dept.
Mr. Hamell was able to accomplish what we could not. His professional, practical, and prompt actions enabled us to resolve the issue in our favor. We'd use him again absolutely!
Posted by Douglas O. | August 12, 2014
Business Attorney
We have needed Mr. Hamill’s services twice, in unrelated projects. One situation was the development of a contract, the other a dispute. In both situations we feel we received accurate information that allowed us to better understand what we needed to do and what to expect. We have recommended Mr. Hamell and his firm to several business and personal clients. Billable hours are accurate and fair. It is comforting to have a professional relationship with Mr. Hamell and his firm.
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Posted by Jeff | March 17, 2014
A positive experience
Joe helped me with my business contract and carefully answered my questions, of which I had many. He clearly has a deep understanding of his field and genuinely cares to provide both great service as well as sound business advice. Though my business is small and I believe Joe works with some large clients, I felt important during the entire process and never felt talked down to. Joe has a knack for explaining the complexity of law in terms I can understand. Today I feel a certain peace of mind knowing I'm operating a better business through the advice and support of Joe. I often refer to him as 'My Lawyer' and know I'm making wise business decisions with him on my side. Thank you Joe for you excellent service.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gierke, Curwen, Metzler & Erie, PS
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Eileen M. Lawrence
  • 1999 - 2000


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kirtley v. Rainey, 326 F.3d 1088 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • In favor of my client


  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Kent Networkers - BNI
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Land Use and Environmental Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Chair of the Litigation Department
  • MPBA
  • 2014
  • Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1999


  • Northwest Landscape Professional
  • How do I fire and employee without getting sued?
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • August Meeting
  • COVID - Return to the Workplace
  • 2020
  • WASA Spring Conference
  • Domestic Violence Leave - Legal Overview
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (16)
Endorse Joseph
Litigation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known and worked with Joe for over a decade and strongly endorse him for his skills as a litigator and full knowledge of the law."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For employers seeking answers to business-related issues I recommend Joe Hamell. I have heard him speak several times about employment issues and I think he would be a useful and able advocate for businesses."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is highly experienced and skilled attorney who is well regarded in our legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is professional and knowledgeable. He brings his business acumen to attain the best results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is a great litigator and problem solver."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He combines technical expertise with practical business experience and common sense to help client attain most cost efficient result."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is experienced and has a broad range of knowledge about the various federal, state and local employment and labor laws. He is practical, efficient and results-oriented and provides effective advice regarding all types of employee-related issues."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Joe and have referred some of my own clients to him because I need Joe's expertise. Joe has always been very responsive to their needs, which has resulted in happy clients, giving me positive feedback."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe is a great lawyer to work with. He is bright, hardworking and knows what he is talking about. He cares about his clients and gets great results for them."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Joe over the last couple of years and I am familiar with some of the excellent work he has done for his clients. Joe does a great job on behalf of his clients. I would highly recommend him to anyone deal with a business litigation issue."
Insurance Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Joe for several years at his prior insurance defense firm. His work is excellent, and I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Joe for several years now. I have had occasion to send him several clients who needed business and employment advice. In each case, my clients relayed to me that Joe was professional, courteous and competent. They each felt that they definitely got the services that they needed and were VERY happy with the outcome of thier matter. I will continue to refer clients to Joe as I know they will receive top notch service and attention."
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Seattle Litigation Lawyer Joseph A Hamell
Joseph A Hamell
Litigation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 24 years