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422 W Riverside Ave, Suite 1100
Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Law Firm, Real Estate law, Business and Corporate law, Banking law, Tax law, Litigation, Labor and Employment. 

Joel P. Hazel

Hazel, Joel P.

Coeur d’Alene
Phone: 208.667.4000

Legal Assistant:



Primary Practice: Litigation


  • J.D., University of Idaho, 1994
  • B.A., Gonzaga University, 1990

Joel Hazel’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense; successfully defending hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals in Idaho and Washington courts. He is also experienced in real property disputes, commercial and business litigation, eminent domain, and employment law. Joel has served as lead counsel on numerous jury trials.

Joel recently assisted clients with cases involving professional malpractice defense, eminent domain litigation, libel and slander claims against media defendants, real property disputes, and media access issues. 

  • Licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho
  • Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 1999

Representative Cases

  • Watson v. Weick, 141 Idaho 500, 504, 112 P.3d 788, 792 (2005). (Business dispute involving allegation of fraud and breach of contract.)
  • Sherman Storage v. Global Signal  159 Idaho 331, 360 P.3d 340 (2015)

    Mr. Hazel successfully defended a cell tower company from an ejectment and mesne profits claim at trial and his client was awarded over $250,000 in attorney's fees and costs.  In addition, Mr. Hazel successfully briefed and argued the case on appeal and was awarded over $68,000 on appeal.

  • Quass v Valley Hospital and Medical Center

    Mr. Hazel was trial counsel in a wrongful death case in which plaintiffs alleged hospital's substandard nursing care resulted in patient falling out of bed leading to her death.  A 4-week trial in July-August 2013 resulted in a plaintiffs' verdict that was a fraction of the settlement demand and well below the hospital's final settlement offer.

Highlights and Achievements

  • Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award, 2015
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Idaho State Bar Outstanding Service Award, 2010
  • Kootenai County DUI Court Pro Temp Judge, 2001-2011
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1994-1999

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Idaho Supreme Court Media/Courts Committee
  • Idaho Judicial Council, Attorney Member, 2011-2017
  • Idaho State Bar Professional Conduct Board, 2008-2011
  • Kootenai County DUI Court Pro Temp Judge, 2001-2011
  • Idaho State Bar Character and Fitness Committee, 2002-2008
  • Leadership Coeur d’Alene, President, 2000 Class
  • American Inns of Court