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William F. Guilford

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William F. Guilford leads Hamilton Clarke, LLP’s Complex Civil Litigation and Family Law practices.

Prior to joining Hamilton Clarke, LLP, William spent over 13 years in private practice where he worked for two AmLaw 100 firms and, most recently, a litigation boutique where he excelled in litigating complex, high exposure civil actions. In his practice, Willam also represented clients in family law matters involving custody and high stakes equitable distribution issues.

William has successfully argued and won numerous discovery and summary judgment motions in a wide variety of cases. William has represented various corporate entities, including prominent internet and television providers, entertainment venues, sports, and recreational centers, and national insurance carriers. He has also represented high net worth clients in divorce and separation cases involving multi-million-dollar assets. Additionally, William has represented a multitude of clients in custody and visitation disputes involving matters both domestic and international.

Before private practice, William interned and wrote legal decisions for United States District Court, The Honorable Sidney H. Stein of the Southern District of New York.

William is a graduate of Tuskegee University and New York University School of Law. While at NYU, William was a Dean’s scholarship recipient and an active member of local and national black law students’ associations. As a law student William also served as a mentor to local NYC youth. As an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University, William was voted “Mr. Tuskegee” by the student body in recognition of his academic achievements and his commitment to campus service organizations.

William maintains a commitment to service today, serving on the Board of Directors of a community outreach program in New York City and volunteering at youth basketball camps near his home in New Jersey and his hometown in Alabama.


  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100 in the State of New York (2020).

  • New York University School of Law, J.D. 2005 Graduate School
  • Tuskeegee University, B.A. 2002 University
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association