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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

Joel Hazel, Coeur d'Alene Attorney

Coeur d’Alene, ID
Phone: 208.667.4000




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. Joel has extensive trial experience successfully defending large hospital systems from a variety of claims of medical malpractice before juries in both Idaho and Washington.  Malpractice claims include psychiatric malpractice, birth injury, failure to diagnose neurological injuries, failure to diagnose cardiac issues and delayed diagnosis of cancer. 

Prior to joining Witherspoon Kelley, Mr. Hazel tried numerous criminal jury trials from 1994-1999 as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Kootenai County, Idaho.  These matters included complex narcotic trafficking jury trials and multiple first degree murder jury trials.  Mr. Hazel carried a felony caseload throughout most of his tenure at the Kootenai County Prosecutor's office.

Mr. Hazel is also experienced in real property disputes, commercial and business litigation, eminent domain, and employment law. Joel has extensive experience trying cases before both judges and juries in Washington and Idaho courts. 

  • Licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho

  • Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 1999

Representative Cases

  • Behr v. Deaconess Hospital (Spokane Superior Court, 2018)

Mr. Hazel was trial counsel in a three week jury trial in which the plaintiffs claimed the hospital's substandard nursing care lead to a delayed diagnosis of compartment syndrome after an orthopedic surgery.  Mr. Hazel obtained a judgement as a matter of law after plaintiffs' rested their case and his client was dismissed with prejudice. 

  • Idaho Department of Transportation v. Zimmerman (Bonner County, Idaho, 2015)

Mr. Hazel was trial counsel in a two week jury trial over property valuation in a condemnation matter.

  • Quass v. Valley Hospital and Medical Center (Spokane County Superior Court, 2013)

    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 resulted in a plaintiffs' verdict that was a fraction of the settlement demand and well below the hospital's final settlement offer.

  • Sherman Storage v. Global Signal 159 Idaho 331, 360 P.3d 340 (Kootenai County, Idaho, 2015)

Mr. Hazel successfully defended a cell tower company at trial in a boundary line dispute and his client was awarded significant attorney's fees and costs.  In addition, Mr. Hazel successfully briefed and argued the case on appeal and his client was awarded all attorneys' fees on appeal.

  • Wadman v. Northwest Specialty Hospital (Kootenai County, Idaho, 2012)

Mr. Hazel was trial counsel in a medical malpractice claim involving an intra-operative overdose of epinephrine to a patient.  The three week jury trial resulted in a verdict that was a fraction of the settlement demand by the patient before trial. 

  • Woeful v. Stengal (Kootenai County, Idaho, 2006)

Mr. Hazel obtained a defense verdict after a two week jury trial in a psychiatric malpractice case where the plaintiffs alleged a psychiatrist failed to prevent a patient's suicide.

  • Watson v. Weick, 141 Idaho 500, 504, 112 P.3d 788, 792 (2005).

Business dispute involving allegation of fraud and breach of contract.

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

Professional/Civic Activities

  • 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

  • Member, Idaho Supreme Court Media/Courts Committee, 2012-Present