Phillip Hamilton

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in New York, New York

Hamilton Clarke, LLP
Phillip Hamilton
Hamilton Clarke, LLP

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2010

Education: Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022

Hamilton Clarke, LLP

48 Wall St
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10005 Visit website


Phillip C. Hamilton, Esq., the esteemed managing partner of Hamilton Clarke, LLP, in New York City, New York, shines as a prominent legal figure with a far-reaching impact. Known for his prowess as a trial attorney and litigator, his reputation extends across New York City and the five boroughs. Operating within diverse legal landscapes encompassing civil, criminal and regulatory realms on both state and federal levels, his career is marked by a remarkable track record of achieving concrete results for his clients.

A seasoned litigator, Mr. Hamilton’s impressive portfolio boasts numerous successful jury trials, reflecting his adeptness in handling complex legal situations. His clientele ranges from high-net-worth individuals to Fortune 500 corporations, tech startups and civil rights organizations. A few of his recent accomplishments include securing substantial settlements for victims of discrimination and wrongful termination, as well as skillfully resolving a lengthy multimillion-dollar real estate dispute just before a federal civil trial's jury selection.

Noteworthy triumphs involve securing full acquittals for clients entangled in intricate cases, highlighting Mr. Hamilton’s acumen in various legal arenas. Moreover, he stands as a trustworthy advocate for individuals wrongly accused of sexual misconduct, irrespective of gender. He's carved a niche by effectively defending such cases in both civil and criminal contexts, standing as a beacon of justice amid the complexities of the modern era.

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. Phillip's dedication to advocacy further 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, judicial, and legal elite of New York, participate in screening and interviewing judicial candidates, and advocate for systemic reforms before the New York State Senate.

Acknowledging his impact, Phillip was honored to serve on the Transition Committee for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and, 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.

Media recognition has also followed Mr. Hamilton, with his insights featured in notable outlets like The New York Times. He serves as a legal analyst on global platforms such as ABC News, BBC World News, CBS News, and the Law & Crime Network.

Mr. Hamilton's career is distinguished by an array of bar admissions, affiliations and accolades that underscore his commitment to excellence and solidify his exemplary journey. He maintains a “Superb” rating on Avvo, and is currently listed among The National Black Lawyers’ Top 100. 

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Discrimination, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Employment Discrimination, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 50% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2010, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • The National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2020-2023
  • The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2020-2023
  • Super Lawyers 2021-2023
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Black Lawyers, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Member of the State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • New York State
  • Dominican Bar Association
  • N.Y.S. Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New York City Bar Association, 2020
  • New York County Lawyers Association, 2020
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2020
  • New York Metropolitan Black Bar Association - Board of Directors, 2020
Educational Background:
  • Georgia State University, B.S. Criminal Justice, B.A. Sociology, 2005
  • Cornell University, Certificate Program - Diversity and Inclusion, 2020
  • Not Guilty - Attempted Assault 1, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2021
  • Not Guilty - Attempted Murder, 2019
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Know Your Rights Training - Harlem YMCA, 2020
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Cornell University, Certificate Program - Diversity and Inclusion, 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Office location for Phillip Hamilton

48 Wall St
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 347-315-1803


1 Year Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022

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