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Kelly Sayers Hamilton, Esq.

Kelly Sayers Hamilton graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1996, where she graduated as a fellow of the Children’s Advocacy Institute, one of the nation’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children. Kelly is published in the Journal for Public Interest Law and was also a distinguished participant in the Center for Public Interest Law where she trained as a public interest lawyer covering agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades for the Journal. She participated in open meetings and analyzed proposed rulemaking and opinions while also advocating and litigating with community leaders, judges, city attorneys, legislators, and consumer advocates, on behalf of the public interest.

Kelly worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s office prosecuting on behalf of victims of crime and also worked as a child advocate through the San Diego Public Defender’s office, and as an arbitration specialist for a large civil defense litigation construction defect firm. Before leaving California, Kelly was selected as a national member of the ‘Order of the Barristers’ being recognized for excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy.

After law school, while pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, Kelly received clearance and worked for the Department of the Navy at North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado as a conflict resolution / EEO – Title VII and IX Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination specialist tasked with investigating, resolving, and reporting disputes between the federal government and private contractors, and conflicts between labor unions and management.

Kelly has been involved in the practice of law since 1985, where she began her career as a researcher, litigation document specialist and senior practice manager for small civil litigation practitioners to nationally recognized law firms as well as solo practitioners from Bangor Maine to Dover New Hampshire, Minneapolis Minnesota, to San Diego, California. Kelly finally moved to the Capital District of New York state and was admitted to practice law in January 2000 and has since worked as an associate plaintiff’s attorney litigating class action toxic tort matters, insurance defense litigation, all phases of Real Estate transactions as well as matrimonial and family law.

Kelly maintained a solo practice after accepting a position to teach at Hudson Valley Community College, where she became a tenured Associate Professor of Business Administration teaching Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Contract Law, Personal and Real Property Law, Securities and Finance, Business Organizations and Business Communications. She is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in Contract law and was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. While at HVCC for twenty years, Kelly served on the faculty senate and represented the Faculty Association as a Delegate at the State University of New York Faculty Council of Community Colleges the official organization through which the SUNY community college faculty engages in governance with the Chancellor and Provost, of the State University of New York, focusing on matters relating to community college faculty and system-wide educational policies and other professional matters including the drafting of legislative resolutions on behalf of the State University of New York.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys cross-fit training, true-crime exploration, writing fiction and poetry and spending time with her husband and two golden-doodles.

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Kelly Sayers Hamilton, Esq.
The Colwell Law Group, LLC

Kelly Sayers Hamilton graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1996, where she graduated as a fellow of the Children’s Advocacy Institute, one of the nation’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of children. Kelly is published in the Journal for Public Interest Law and was also a distinguished participant in the Center for Public Interest Law where she trained as a public interest lawyer covering agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades for the Journal. She participated in open meetings and analyzed proposed rulemaking and opinions while also advocating and litigating with community leaders, judges, city attorneys, legislators, and consumer advocates, on behalf of the public interest.

Kelly worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s office prosecuting on behalf of victims of crime and also worked as a child advocate through the San Diego Public Defender’s office, and as an arbitration specialist for a large civil defense litigation construction defect firm. Before leaving California, Kelly was selected as a national member of the ‘Order of the Barristers’ being recognized for excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy.

After law school, while pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, Kelly received clearance and worked for the Department of the Navy at North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado as a conflict resolution / EEO – Title VII and IX Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination specialist tasked with investigating, resolving, and reporting disputes between the federal government and private contractors, and conflicts between labor unions and management.

Kelly has been involved in the practice of law since 1985, where she began her career as a researcher, litigation document specialist and senior practice manager for small civil litigation practitioners to nationally recognized law firms as well as solo practitioners from Bangor Maine to Dover New Hampshire, Minneapolis Minnesota, to San Diego, California. Kelly finally moved to the Capital District of New York state and was admitted to practice law in January 2000 and has since worked as an associate plaintiff’s attorney litigating class action toxic tort matters, insurance defense litigation, all phases of Real Estate transactions as well as matrimonial and family law.

Kelly maintained a solo practice after accepting a position to teach at Hudson Valley Community College, where she became a tenured Associate Professor of Business Administration teaching Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Contract Law, Personal and Real Property Law, Securities and Finance, Business Organizations and Business Communications. She is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in Contract law and was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. While at HVCC for twenty years, Kelly served on the faculty senate and represented the Faculty Association as a Delegate at the State University of New York Faculty Council of Community Colleges the official organization through which the SUNY community college faculty engages in governance with the Chancellor and Provost, of the State University of New York, focusing on matters relating to community college faculty and system-wide educational policies and other professional matters including the drafting of legislative resolutions on behalf of the State University of New York.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys cross-fit training, true-crime exploration, writing fiction and poetry and spending time with her husband and two golden-doodles.

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