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Phillip C. Hamilton

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Phillip C. Hamilton is an experienced trial attorney and litigator in the areas of complex state and federal criminal defense, civil rights actions, Title IX Investigations, and contractual 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 BuzzFeed News.

Since entering private practice, Phillip has primarily defended white-collar professionals, corporate executives, professional athletes, and celebrities, charged with serious, high-profile offenses. His successes include a full acquittal for a senior financial analyst charged with attempted murder, the full dismissal of criminal charges for the son of a very prominent New York City attorney, and a number of favorably negotiated pleas for international dignitaries hailing from Luxembourg, Turkey, and South Africa.

In the post Me-Too era, Phillip has become known for passionately defending dozens of individuals - including both men, and women - who have been wrongly alleged to have committed acts of sexual misconduct. As an external Title IX Advisor for New York University, Phillip regularly represents college students upon allegations of serious sexual misconduct under the Code of Federal Regulations.

Outside of the courtroom, Phillip is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and regularly guest lectures trial advocacy and negotiation seminars in law schools around the New York City metropolitan area. He proudly serves on the board of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association where 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 regularly appears as a legal analyst across cable platforms, including BBC World News, ABC World News, CBS News, CourtTV, and the Law and Crime Network.


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  • Cornell University, Certificate Program - Diversity and Inclusion, 2020 University
  • Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. 2009 (David Berg Fellow for the Public Interest) University
  • Georgia State University, B.S. Criminal Justice, B.A. Sociology, 2005 University
  • New York State
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • N.Y.S. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N.Y.S. Bar Association
  • N.Y.C. Bar Association
  • The National Black Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40
  • The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (Board of Directors)
  • National Bar Association
  • Dominican Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers 2021
    Super Lawyers 2021

Testimonials About Phillip

Read What Past Clients Had to Say
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Phillip demonstrated complete professionalism, yet was able to make us feel that we knew him forever. His level of knowledge and capability was very impressive.”

    - Former Client

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