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George L. Hampton, IV

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Santa Ana, CA

Hall Griffin LLP
1851 East First Street, 10th Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714-918-7000
Fax: 714-918-6996
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011
Licensed in California Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (50%), Estate & Trust Litigation (20%), Intellectual Property Litigation (20%), Real Estate: Business (10%)
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Attorney Profile

George L. Hampton IV is an attorney and partner at Hall Griffin LLP in Santa Ana, California. Mr. Hampton has over 30 years of legal experience and handles business, commercial and real estate litigation matters involving creditors’ rights, fiduciary abuse, financial elder abuse, intellectual property (IP), probate, trade secrets and other issues. He serves clients throughout Orange County, California, as well as from the firm’s Dallas, Texas, office.

Over his legal career, Mr. Hampton has been involved in many major cases, securing successful results for his clients. He is a competent and capable professional, dedicated to supporting and helping the clients he serves. Before joining Hall Griffin LLP, he was a partner in two other California private law firms, handling IP and litigation.

Mr. Hampton is AV Preeminent peer review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. OC Metro magazine named him one of the top Orange County lawyers several years in a row for business and copyright law.

Mr. Hampton graduated cum laude from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree and earned his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is qualified to practice in California and Texas and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10%Real Estate: Business
Focus Areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Will Contests, Short Sale


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2011

About George L. Hampton, IV

First Admitted: 1989, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Toward an Expanded Use of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 4 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 655 (1991)


  • Magic Kitchen LLC, et al. v. Good Things International, Inc., et al., 153 Cal. App. 4th 1144 (2007)
  • Skarbrevik v. Cohen, 231 Cal. App. 3d 692 (1991)
  • Garg v. People ex rel. State Bd. of Equalization, 53 Cal. App.4th 199 (1997)
  • County of Riverside v. City of Murrieta, 65 Cal. App. 4th 616 (1998)
  • McElroy v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., 134 Cal. App. 4th 388 (2005)

Educational Background

  • Rice University, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science Honors Program, 1986

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Bahia Sail Racing Association - Director, 2017
  • Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club - Director, 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Orange County Bar Association, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • Federal Bar Association, 2019


  • 1991 State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Homeless Defense Project Team
  • 1991 Pegasus Scholar, selected by the American Inns of Court Foundation to study oral advocacy at the Inner Temple in London, England. Worked with solicitors at Linklaters & Paines and with commercial barristers at Fountain Court
  • OC Metro Magazine (August 2011 - 2015) Rated one of the top lawyers in Orange County in the areas of business litigation and copyright law
  • Avvo rating 10.0 “Superb” since 2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyer 2009-2011
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2005
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Office Location for George L. Hampton, IV

1851 East First Street
10th Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: 714-918-7000

Fax: 714-918-6996

Last Updated: 8/27/2021

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