Keith Hayasaka


Keith M. Hayasaka is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He has extensive experience litigating and providing claims counseling in a broad variety of areas, including commercial litigation, premises liability, insurance defense, wrongful death, construction injury, railroad (FELA and other litigation), trucking, and motor vehicle accidents. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois in Washington State, he practiced in Georgia for nearly a decade and has successfully defended a variety of insurers, public utilities, retailers, premises owners, and transportation companies in matters pending in both state and federal court. Keith received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • General Liability
  • Transportation

Additional Experience





U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Washington State Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association (2008–2018)
  • Defense Research Institute (2013–2017)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (2012–2016)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (2009–2017)

Awards & Honors

  • "Ones to Watch," Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy (2012)
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) College of Trial Advocacy (2014)


Georgia State University College of Law

Juris Doctor

Vanderbilt University

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude

Published and Unpublished Opinions

  • Maxwell v. CSX Transp., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188439 (N.D. Ga. July 1, 2015)
  • Santino Smith v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 337 Ga. App. 604, 788 S.E.2d 508 (2016)
  • Watson v Moger, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150259, (W.D. Wash. Aug. 10, 2021)