Phillip C. Hamilton

Managing Partner

Phillip C. Hamilton, Esq. stands at the pinnacle of his profession as a highly sought-after trial attorney and litigator, celebrated for his exceptional track record in delivering tangible results for his clients. With extensive experience, Phillip consistently takes on and excels in a diverse array of high-stakes civil, criminal, and regulatory cases within state and federal courts across the nation. His courtroom prowess is further evidenced by the successful completion of numerous trials resulting in jury verdicts.

Phillip's client portfolio encompasses a wide spectrum, including high-net-worth individuals, licensed attorneys, public and private institutions, Fortune 500 companies, public officials, tech startups, small businesses, civil rights organizations, and insurance providers. His recent accomplishments underscore his dynamic capabilities: securing substantial settlements for clients embroiled in discriminatory, retaliatory, and wrongful termination situations, deftly resolving a complex multi-million-dollar real estate dispute, and achieving full acquittals in high-profile cases involving charges such as Conspiracy and Attempted Murder.

In an era marked by the Me-Too movement, Phillip has established a distinctive practice focused on defending individuals wrongly accused of sexual misconduct, thereby redressing the balance of justice. This niche expertise extends across both civil and criminal realms, and his impact extends to his role as an external Title IX Advisor for New York University, where he aids college students facing allegations of serious sexual misconduct.

Beyond his legal achievements, Phillip enriches the legal community as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He also shares his insights and expertise through guest lectures, covering trial advocacy and negotiation techniques in law schools throughout the New York City metropolitan area. His commitment to legal discourse extends to national CLE presentations addressing critical topics like diversity within jury selection and the challenging examination of historical cell site analysis.

Phillip's dedication to advocacy reaches beyond the courtroom, as demonstrated by his active role on the Board of Directors for the New York Metropolitan Black Bar Association. This position has allowed him to foster strong relationships with the Black political and legal elite of New York, participate in screening and interviewing judicial candidates, and advocate for systemic reforms before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on the Judiciary.

Acknowledging his impact, Phillip was honored to serve on the Transition Committee for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. In a remarkable appointment, New York Governor Kathy Hochul appointed him to a four-year term as a Member of the State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct, further solidifying his influence in shaping the legal landscape.

Phillip's insights have garnered significant attention, with his legal work being featured in prominent media outlets, including The New York Times. He is a sought-after legal analyst for esteemed platforms such as BBC World News, ABC World News, CBS News, CourtTV, and the Law and Crime Network.

Practice Areas:

  • Complex State and Federal Criminal Defense
  • Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
  • Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination
  • Contractual Formation, Contractual Disputes, and Breach of Contract
  • Domestic U.S. Arbitration
  • Title IX Investigations & Hearings
  • White Collar and Regulatory Defense
  • Government and Internal Investigations

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Bar Admissions:

  • 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

Bar Associations:

  • New York Metropolitan Black Bar Association (Board of Directors)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association


  • Super Lawyers (2021, 2022, 2023)
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100 (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD (2009)
  • Georgia State University, BA, BS (2005)