- Multi-million dollar class action settlement Negotiated highest-ever per person settlement in a mass arrest class action.
- $6.9 million settlement Estate of Eric Garner
- Acquittal After Jury Trial Attempted Murder
- $2.55 million settlement Brown v. City of New York, No. 15-cv-04091 (S.D.N.Y. 2020)
- Non-Jail Sentence International Money Laundering and Smuggling
- Six-Figure Settlement Violation of NY Rent Stabilization Law
Hamilton Clarke, LLP is a boutique litigation firm dedicated to handling each of our clients’ cases with personalized and diligent care. We understand that each case, no matter how routine it may at first appear, presents an opportunity, be it factual or procedural, scientific or medical, to gain a strategic litigation advantage. Our experienced attorneys take the time to examine every detail, and every unconventional legal theory, to develop unique, custom-tailored approaches to protecting our clients' interests. The results we have obtained over many years of practice speak to our ability and determination to turn strategic advantage into ultimate success.
- Cannabis Law
- Civil Litigation
- Civil Rights
- Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Law
- Criminal Defense
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Employment Discrimination
- Government Investigations
- Insurance Defense
- Intercultural Litigation Consulting
- Matrimonial & Family Law
- Personal Injury
- Political Consulting
- Title IX Defense
Our attorneys’ practice in the state and federal courts throughout New York, New Jersey, and nationally, where they have received high acclaim from peers, adversaries, and judges alike. At Hamilton Clarke, LLP we take the utmost care of our clients and their cases from the pleadings stage, through jury trial, and if necessary, beyond. Our appellate practice experience has generated an enviable track record, and our attorneys take pride in staying current on the ever-evolving case law, court rules, and legislation that governs our practice areas.
Hamilton Clarke, LLP is well equipped to handle all of your transactional and litigation needs. Beyond our team of attorneys, we work closely with dedicated, results-oriented private investigators, as well as world-renowned medical and engineering experts, all of whom give us the ability to deliver legal representation at the highest level.
Backed by more than 50 years of combined experience that includes advocacy for more than 10,000 clients, we have substantial experience collaborating across practice areas, and a broad array of clientele who have utilized our legal services. Our past clients include prominent individuals and corporations within the real estate, finance, and entertainment sectors.
Phillip C. Hamilton Managing Partner
Phillip C. Hamilton is a highly sought-after trial attorney and litigator whose reputation precedes him as an experienced, bottom-line results achiever for his clients.
Phillip regularly litigates a broad range of high-stakes civil, criminal, and regulatory matters throughout the nation’s state and federal courts, and has successfully tried dozens of cases to jury verdict. Phillip’s clients have included high-net-worth individuals, licensed attorneys, public and private institutions, including Fortune 500 companies, public officials, tech startups, small businesses, civil rights organizations, and insurance providers.
Lance A. Clarke Managing PartnerLance A. Clarke is an experienced trial attorney, litigator, and negotiator. He has served as outside General Counsel, advisor, and consultant, to various CEO’s, executives, and politicians for corporate, criminal, and regulatory proceedings, as well as investigative proceedings with the FBI, SEC, Secret Service, et al.View Profile
Rani Gill Partner
Rani Gill is an experienced attorney with over fifteen years of developed experience in both domestic and international Data Privacy, eDiscovery, Managed Document Review, and Legal Operations consulting services.
By leveraging technology and scalable processes to identify efficiencies, Rani has worked with numerous Fortune 100 companies and AM Law 100 law firms to realize tens of millions of dollars of cost avoidance opportunities.
Joshua S. Moskovitz PartnerJoshua S. Moskovitz is an experienced litigator and trial attorney leading the firm’s Civil Litigation and Appellate practices.View Profile
Brooks E. Scott Chief Operating Officer
Brooks is a professionally trained and certified Executive Coach, Interpersonal Communications Expert, and DEI Strategic Advisor whose holistic approach focuses on work with every level of a company from the CEO to the mail room.
Brooks has worked with fashion brands, skin care companies, financial institutions, and some of the largest tech companies in the world where he has assisted companies in revising and implementing their DEI strategies.
Prior to his role as an Executive Coach, Brooks worked as the VP of Safety Operations for a multi-billion-dollar cybersecurity company. Brooks also served as the Manager of Operations for the protection team for the CEO and COO of Facebook and is also trained as a suicide crisis hotline volunteer. Brooks facilitates customized and conversational style courses and workshops on:
- Conscious Inclusion in Hiring Practices
- Building Psychological Safety on Teams
- Managing Unconscious Bias
- Conversations of Race and Allyship in the Workplace
- Values Discovery and Alignment
- Feedback and Performance Reviews
- In-Person Team Building Offsites
- In-Person Executive Offsites
- Building Psychological Safety on Teams
Calla R. Ketchens Associate Attorney
Calla’s practice areas focus primarily on general corporate law, banking & finance, and litigation.
Calla obtained her BA from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a dual concentration in Communication Studies and French. Following her time at Vanderbilt, she taught English in France before graduating from Michigan State University College of Law in 2017 with a Juris Doctor. After law school, Calla pursued her LLM in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law at Fordham University School of Law, graduating in 2020.
Ethan Van Buren Associate Attorney
Ethan Van Buren, Esq., is a distinguished alumnus of UCLA School of Law, where he attained dual specializations in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law & Policy.
During his tenure at UCLA, Ethan stood out as the Comments Editor for the prestigious UCLA Law Review and a dedicated Staff Member of the UCLA Criminal Justice Review. His commitment to excellence extended to his involvement with the Moot Court Honor Society. Ethan's academic prowess was acknowledged through multiple accolades, including being a recipient of the Dean’s Merit and Josephine Vaughn Cooper Scholarships for his exceptional scholarly achievements. His dedication to justice was further exemplified through his participation in the UCLA Veterans Justice Legal Clinic.
Post-graduation, Ethan embarked on a distinguished path, beginning with a clerkship for The Honorable Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In this role, he skillfully managed a substantial portion of the Court's caseload. His responsibilities extended to in-depth research of intricate legal matters, drafting of orders, reports, and recommendations for dispositive motions. This experience equipped him with a profound understanding of complex legal issues and a precise command of the legal drafting process.
Prior to joining the present firm, Ethan's professional journey included a tenure at a boutique law firm. There, he honed his legal skills by practicing criminal defense and engaging in complex commercial litigation, establishing a reputation for his comprehensive legal acumen.
Ethan Van Buren's trajectory is marked by his exceptional academic achievements, his hands-on contributions to the legal community, and his dedication to championing justice. Through his multifaceted experiences and diverse expertise, he stands as a testament to the transformative impact of dedication, scholarship, and practical application in the legal field.
Adam Strychaluk Associate Attorney
Adam Strychaluk, Esq., is an associate attorney at Hamilton Clarke who’s practice areas focus on Complex Civil Litigation, White Collar and Regulatory Defense, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination.
Adam has represented individual clients and civic organizations in a range of complex cases before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level. His experience includes helping secure one of the largest settlements ever recovered in New York on behalf of a disabled man horrendously abused at a group home, as well as one of the highest recorded settlements in New York City for an unlawful stop-and-frisk. Adam also assisted in securing settlements in the first “George Floyd” protest case in New York City to settle in federal court, as well as a multi-million-dollar settlement on behalf of protestors viciously attacked by police. He has also achieved important results and significant settlements for clients who have been the victims of sexual abuse and religious discrimination.
Before joining Hamilton Clarke, Adam served as a law clerk for the Honorable District Judge Wilma A. Lewis of the District Court of the Virgin Islands and practiced at a boutique firm focused on civil rights litigation. He also interned at five public defender’s offices during law school, including the Federal Defenders of New York, Brooklyn Defender Services, and New York County Defender Services. He is a graduate of McGill University and New York University School of Law.
- Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination
- Complex State and Federal Criminal Defense
- White Collar and Regulatory Defense
- Civil and Criminal Appeals
- Class Actions
- Civil Litigation
- New York
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court, Northern District of New York
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- New York University School of Law, J.D. (2020)
- McGill University, B.A. Hon. (2017)
We provide zealous legal representation for matters ranging from complex civil and commercial litigation, to matrimonial and family law, to white collar crimes involving tax evasion, money laundering, racketeering, and internal investigations, to more serious offenses based on drug conspiracy, sex crimes, DUI, and homicide. As trial-tested litigators, we have been successful in building effective litigation strategies based on our 50 years combined legal experience. We have successfully handled several cases in courts across the nation before judges and juries and have effectively negotiated favorable outcomes outside the courtroom.
Our founding partners, Phillip C. Hamilton and Lance A. Clarke, hail from two of the nation’s premier criminal defense practices: The Bronx Defenders and The Legal Aid Society of New York. While there, they learned how to successfully navigate the courtroom, the legal system, and the institutional relationships that are key to litigious success. After founding separate litigation boutiques representing diverse individuals from union members to CEOs and many high-profile clients, Phillip and Lance decided to form Hamilton Clarke, LLP. The goal was to create a firm that combines exceptional quality with client-centered and results-oriented service.
Reputation For Success
Our firm is based on one simple practice principle: Excellent Representation.
No matter how complicated or challenging your case may appear to be, our attorneys are committed to providing you with exceptional energy, knowledge, and resources in search of the best possible case result. We understand the high stakes involved in any legal matter, whether criminal or civil, and the negative effects that they can have upon your liberty, finances, and future. We spare no effort in ensuring your voice is heard as we apply our professionalism to your individual legal needs.
We serve all of New York, New Jersey, and Federal Courts.
"Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Clarke represented my daughter here in Little Rock, Arkansas. As if coming from New York to Little Rock,Arkansas wasn’t pure dedication, so was their dedication to my daughter’s ..."Former Client
"Lance's powerful experiences, expertise, relatability, patience, and genuine presence make him incredibly effective."Chief Administrative Officer
"Phil's experience in the field is so evident - from his amazing ability to mitigate stressful situations to his always A+ elegant appearance."Former Client
"Mr. Clarke is the kind of attorney that strengthens the relationship between the prosecution and the defense bar."Federal Prosecutor
"Phillip Hamilton saved my life. He represented me in a highly publicized national case. I was vilified by the media. I was charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors."Former Client