Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Hamilton Wingo, LLP
 | 325 North St. Paul Street, Suite 3300
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-234-7900
Fax: 214-234-7300
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Chris Hamilton has established himself as one of the leading high-stakes trial lawyers in the United States. Hamilton has a recent track record of verdicts and settlements that are setting the mark in both the personal injury arena and in complex business disputes.

For example, in 2014, Hamilton was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as having the largest jury verdict in Texas for a personal injury case and the 17th largest jury verdict in the United States.

In 2016, Hamilton was recognized by Top Verdict as having the ninth largest personal injury verdict in Texas.

Hamilton was recognized in 2011 by Verdict Search as having one of the top 10 verdicts in Texas and the top 100 verdicts in the United States. Hamilton was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2019 and is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). 

Hamilton’s cases have been featured in Bloomberg, CNN, Texas Lawyer, Dallas Business Journal, Law360, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Lawbook, The Houston Chronicle, The Austin-American Statesman, various local television and print news affiliates across the United States, and a number of online publications.

Hamilton was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2017 by the American Association for Justice. Hamilton was also nominated for Dallas Morning News ‘Texan of the Year’ for his pro bono work representing individuals unlawfully detained at DFW Airport during the travel ban.

Hamilton earned selection to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list for 2017 based on his work for clients involved in catastrophic personal injury cases, product and medical liability claims, and he was selected to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas list for 2014 for his work in business litigation. He was selected to the Texas Super Lawyers listing by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has been repeatedly selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Hamilton is also a member of the Leader’s Forum for the American Association for Justice.

Hamilton, a fluent Spanish speaker, is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

About Chris Hamilton

Admitted: 2004, Texas

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2017
  • In 2016, Hamilton was recognized by Top Verdict as having the 9th largest personal injury verdict in Texas, Top Verdicts, Verdict Search, 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • In 2014, Hamilton was recognized by Dallas Business Journal as having the largest jury verdict in Texas for a personal injury case and the 17th largest jury verdict in the United States. , Top Verdicts, Dallas Business Journal, 2014
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters), 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2014
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters), 2013
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2012
  • Hamilton was recognized in 2011 by Verdict Search as having one of the top 10 verdicts in Texas and top 100 verdicts in the United States. , Verdit Search, 2011
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2011
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2010
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) , 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • ADMITTED: State Bar of Texas, 2004.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Greeter and Server; Munger Place Church, 2016
  • President, Lawyers for America Foundation, 2017
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers Big Sisters, 2015
  • Friends of Garrett Park, 2016
  • Greeter and Server; Munger Place Church, 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Hamilton is regularly invited to speak to law students at Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M Law School regarding trial advocacy and entrepreneurship.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $18.3 million arbitration award for negligent misrepresentation in a commercial case involving the sale of a medical device company, 2017
  • $1 million jury verdict in a case involving a wreck with a commercial 15-passenger van where the victim sustained an aggravation of a pre-existing torn hip cartilage. Case was subject to a high-low settlement agreement, 2017
  • $19 million compensatory damages jury verdict in a medical malpractice case. , 2016
  • Obtained $11.5 million settlement in a False Claims Act case involving kickbacks claims against one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world. The successful settlement occurred after the Government had rejected and declined to intervene in the case., 2016
  • $19 million compensatory damages jury verdict in a medical malpractice case (2016)., 2016
  • $27 million compensatory damages jury verdict in a wrongful death case alleging premises liability for inadequate security against The McDonald’s Corporation. , 2014
  • Confidential settlement in a high-profile 1983 case against a school district where a disabled student was choked by a district employee., 2013
  • Confidential settlement in a breach of partnership and breach of fiduciary duty action relating to a partnership interest obtained in a high-profile divorce proceeding., 2013
  • Confidential settlement in trademark infringement case involving disgorgement of profits against a Fortune 500 company., 2012
  • Favorable verdict on behalf of a real estate developer in an oil and gas dispute., 2012
  • Confidential settlement in an international business dispute for a local company alleging fraudulent inducement claims relating to a patent involving the novel application of ink jet technologies., 2012
  • $39.4 million jury verdict in a commercial dispute involving breach of partnership agreements, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud in an alternative energy transaction recognized as one of the top 10 verdicts in Texas and top 100 verdicts in the United States in 2011. Verdict resulted in a confidential settlement. , 2011
  • Take nothing defense verdict on behalf of Dallas County in a case in which Hamilton was appointed by the Commissioners Court as a Special Deputy District Attorney to defend the county in a whistleblower case against a sitting judge alleging several million dollars in damages. , 2011
  • $5.3 million jury verdict on an oral partnership agreement and for claims of fraud in a dispute over collegiate licensing agreements. Verdict resulted in a confidential settlement., 2009
  • Represented Southern Methodist University in the successful resolution of a land dispute regarding the George W. Bush Presidential Library., 2009

Representative Clients:

  • Hamilton’s current representative matters include representing families of victims killed by 18-wheelers in multiples cases; representing landowners in a case where the victims suffered catastrophic burns and injuries in an explosion of a water well contaminated with methane from oil and gas activities; representing a qui tam whistleblower in a large False Claims Act case against a Fortune 100 medical device manufacturer; representing a medical device manufacturer in a commercial dispute in claims arising from the fraudulent inducement of a corporate acquisition agreement; representing victims of sexual assault at Baylor University; representing the family of a deceased college student in an inadequate security and wrongful death action against the largest restaurant chain in the world; representing the family of a deceased victim in an aviation product liability case; and representing a catastrophically injured victim in a medical malpractice case.  

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Hamilton served as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Southern Methodist University., 2015
  • Hamilton served as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Southern Methodist University., 2014

Educational Background:

  • Hamilton graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Hamilton graduated from The University of Texas Law School with a Juris Doctor degree., 2004
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Office Location for Chris Hamilton

325 North St. Paul Street
Suite 3300
Dallas, TX 75201

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Last Updated: 11/13/2019

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