Phillip Hamilton

Hamilton Clarke, LLP

Location: New York , NY
  • Licensed: NY
Experience: 10-15 years


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Phillip Hamilton

Hamilton Clarke, LLP


Phillip C. Hamilton is an experienced trial attorney and litigator in the areas of complex state and federal criminal defense, civil rights actions, Title IX Investigations, and contractual disputes.

Phillip began his legal career at The Bronx Defenders, working within its world-renowned Criminal Defense Practice. While there, he successfully defended over 2,000 clients, and tried several cases to acquittal. As a supervisor, Phillip taught the art of criminal defense to a team of Ivy League-educated lawyers, and had his work featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed News.

Since entering private practice, Phillip has primarily defended white-collar professionals, corporate executives, professional athletes, and celebrities, charged with serious, high-profile offenses. His successes include a full acquittal for a senior financial analyst charged with attempted murder, the full dismissal of criminal charges for the son of a very prominent New York City attorney, and a number of favorably negotiated pleas for international dignitaries hailing from Luxembourg, Turkey, and South Africa. In the post Me-Too era, Phillip has become known for passionately defending dozens of individuals – including both men, and women – who have been wrongly alleged to have committed acts of sexual misconduct. As an external Title IX Advisor for New York University, Phillip regularly represents college students upon allegations of serious sexual misconduct under the Code of Federal Regulations.

Outside of the courtroom, Phillip is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and regularly guest lectures trial advocacy and negotiation seminars in law schools around the New York City metropolitan area. He proudly serves on the board of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association where he has screened and interviewed judicial candidates vying for election to the New York State Supreme Court, and has testified in support of systemic reform to the New York State Senate Standing Committee on the Judiciary.

Phillip regularly appears as a legal analyst across cable platforms, including BBC World News, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, CourtTV, and the Law and Crime Network.


Practice Areas

Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense, Labor and Employment

Type of Practice

Private Practice

Years of Practice

10-15 years

States Licensed to Practice



Undergraduate School

Georgia State University , 2005

Law School

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law , 2009

Bar Admission

New York , 2010
Southern District of New York , 2015
Eastern District of New York , 2015

Memberships and Honors


Metropolitan Black Bar Association


Hamilton Clarke, LLP
48 Wall Street, Suite 1100
New York , NY , 10005

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