Phillip C. Hamilton is an experienced trial attorney and litigator in the areas of complex state and federal criminal defense, civil rights actions, and contractual formation and disputes.
Phillip began his legal career at The Bronx Defenders, working within its world-renowned Criminal Defense Practice. While there, he successfully defended over 2,000 clients and tried several cases to acquittal. As a supervisor, Phillip taught the art of criminal defense to a team of Ivy League-educated lawyers and had his work featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News.
Since 2015, Phillip has primarily defended white-collar professionals charged with serious, high-profile offenses. His successes include a full acquittal for a senior financial analyst charged with attempted murder, a full dismissal of criminal charges for the son of a prominent New York City attorney, and a number of favorably negotiated pleas for international dignitaries hailing from Luxembourg, Turkey, and South Africa. On multiple occasions, Phillip has prevented his clients from being arrested and charged by proactively stepping in to defend them at the outset of an investigation.
Outside of the courtroom, Phillip regularly guest lectures trial advocacy and negotiation seminars in law schools around the New York metropolitan area. As a board member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, he has screened and interviewed judicial candidates vying for election to the New York State Supreme Court and has testified in support of systemic reform to the New York State Senate Standing Committee on the Judiciary. Phillip has advised political campaigns on issues of criminal justice reform, and regularly appears as a legal analyst across cable platforms, including BBC World News, CourtTV, and the Fox News Channel.