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Phillip Christopher Hamilton

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   35 reviews

Licensed for 12 years

About Phillip

Learn Phillip’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    97%
    Phillip has tried several cases to acquittal and successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with major felonies ranging from DWI, Assault, & White Collar Matters, to Attempted Murder, Manslaughter, and Criminally Negligent Homicide.

    14 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Civil rights
    1%

    8 years, 7 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    1%

    8 years, 35 cases

  4. Real estate
    1%

    8 years, 25 cases

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.

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Licensed for 12 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2010
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Phillip

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

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Phillip Hamilton!
Our family found itself in a very serious and worrisome situation and needed a defense lawyer for one of our sons. Phillip Hamilton was recommended to us by two other lawyers who worked with him when he was a public defender. They both spoke so very highly of him. Phillip took our first call in the late evening and stayed on the phone with us for over one hour. From the moment that phone call began we knew this was someone we could trust, someone who would represent us as if we were his family, someone who was patient, passionate and very skilled. Over the course of time while we were working with him, he never made us feel rushed, unimportant or bothersome, no matter how many times we asked the same question. He was so calming to all of us, especially our son who felt he was in very good hands with Phillip. Until you go through something like this, you never realize how scared and frightened you could feel. Phillip truly calmed our fears. Phillip demonstrated complete professionalism, yet was able to make us feel that we knew him forever. His level of knowledge and capability was very impressive. Each step along the way he would discuss all options and help us, deciding together, the best course of action. We all felt that he would fight to the ends for us and made us feel as if we were his only client. Phillip is an expert in knowing how to work and build a defense. He is brilliant, intuitive and detailed oriented. After our case was dismissed, we wanted to hug him, and he said he “felt it over the phone”. He is warm, compassionate and comforting. We told Phillip that we would love to watch him in a trial someday, of course when it was not with our son beside him. We can only imagine how his passion, verbal ability and dedication to his clients come across. We cannot thank him enough for giving our son his life back. Thankfully our time working with him was rather quick (seeming like a life time), but he gave us strength, courage and someone to believe in and he would have been by our side no matter how long the process took with the same energy and attention as day one. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Phillip Hamilton.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High-Powered Criminal Defense Attorney
Phil is a highly-skilled, extremely knowledgable criminal defense attorney. I was facing nine felony charges (ranging from attempted murder to robbery to criminal possession of a firearm and his representation was nothing short of amazing. Phil's investigative team, this knowledge of the law, cross-examination skills, and his innate ability to select unbiased jurors who were able to sort through the facts he presented returned an unanimous verdict of "not guilty". He spent months preparing for the trial, including frequent visits to Rikers (where I was held before trial) and many late evenings working on my case. At the end of the trial, all 15 jurors waited for him in front of the courthouse to literally applaud him and offer their congratulations. Phil is a winner!
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Posted by John | August 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Got what I needed, very transparent from the start. He was a referral from another attorney’s office. I recommend.
Posted by Dawnna | December 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phillip was a Godsend!
My son who attends a college two hours away from NYC was arrested for having a fake identification. I can’t get too upset about my son trying to get into bars before he was 21...I think a lot of adults may have done the same thing. However, for some reason my generation was better at not getting caught. Nevertheless, my son was arrested and he called me at 3 am letting me know he was charged on a felony count. I live in California and doing everything possible for him to attend a college across the United States. I was devastated and scared for my son. While the felony charge fit the situation, my son was not trying to defraud anyone for personal gain. I felt helpless and totally out of my element. My son who is 20 years old could possibly have a record in the criminal system. By chance, I called my nephew who currently lives on the west coast of the US and asked if he knew of any attorneys in the NY area. He told me about Phil and told me to give him a call. What a difference a day can make.... I called Phil on the following Monday (keep in mind that since 3 am Saturday my head was spinning) and within the first 5 minutes of our call, I felt comforted. Phil was so knowledgeable and took the time to explain what typically happens in these situations and what he could offer. Moreover, Phil told me to talk it over with my son’s father before making a decision on whether to hire him. He also stressed that my son should talk with him since he is really the client. It was obvious that It wasn’t about the money for Phil. He wanted us to feel like we had the right attorney...and boy did we.., Once everyone was comfortable, my son signed a contract with Phil. To be quite honest, we were going with Phil regardless because I was sold and I was the one paying the bill. But I’m glad my son and his dad felt comfortable with Phil and I didn’t have to play the ace card. I know my son’s case was a little case but Phil made us feel like we were so important. He laid out a game plan that he executed to perfection. He wanted my son to have everything worked out prior to his court date and gave him certain task to perform based on his experience. My son followed his instructions and when he attended court, everything played out like Phil anticipated. We were relieved and very satisfied with the outcome. Moreover, as a parent, I couldn’t afford to travel to NY and attend court with my son. Phil promised me that he would represent my son well and he did. In fact, Phil also demanded that my son take ownership of the process which was kinda hard for me because mothers sometimes want to do everything for their kids and they miss opportunities for their kids to learn how to navigate threw grown up moments. Phil demanded my sons participation and my son rose to the occasion. So if you need an attorney who is smart, experienced, caring, attentive, and kick ass, Phil is your man. Not only did he work with the District Attorney to work out an appropriate outcome prior to the court date, twice he drove two hours to attend night court with my son in the dead of the winter. How many attorneys would take a little felony case like mines and treat it like a major case? Phil did and I hope and pray you consider him for your case. Phil was such a relief of stress and when it was all said and done, he handle everything according to his initial plan. I can’t say enough about this wonderful and caring man. Phil is one of a kind. He loves his job and his clients receive the blessings. I couldn’t imagine not having Phil as our attorney. He is the best!!! Thank you Phil from the bottom of our hearts!
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, would definitely recommend to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney
I was overseas when Informed of my indictment and Mr Hamilton represented me through out the extradition process and worked diligently to allow me to get released my first day back in the states instead of waiting 4 days in holding/jail for a supreme court judge due to me arriving at the beginning of a long Federal Holiday weekend. My case was of my ex girlfriend suddenly filing false rape allegations from 4-5 years ago. The offer throughout the process was a felony, Rape in the 3rd degree with probation. I am in the military and that definitely would not work for me, especially considering it was something I did not do. Me and Mr Hamilton were fully prepared to go to trial, he made sure he received all the facts, let me know exactly what he needed from me and he made sure he knew the entire history of me and this girl better than I did. Throughout the process he would let me know what his thoughts were while thoroughly explaining the process so I am aware and understanding of what is going on. He also made sure to establish contact with a military legal representative so he can be informed on what will be in my best interest. Around the final weeks before trial began the ADA on my case switched and Mr Hamilton worked with all parties involved to work for a lower plea offer that would not affect my military career by explaining to the new ADA the true circumstances of the case (not jeopardizing case facts for trial) allowing her to see more than just what the accuser was saying. We were still prepared to go to trial, but trial is costly. They offered a “Disorderly conduct” charge which is a violation, not a misdemeanor and definitely not a felony, I had to pay a small fine and was on my way, I have no criminal record and didn’t have to break my bank with the financial burden of trial. However I was fully prepared to go to trial and confident in Mr Hamilton’s abilities, logic, and understanding of my case that a lot of typical lawyers wouldn’t have. I would recommend him to anyone in need of criminal defense. While the fee can be expensive, you truly get what you pay for and I wouldn’t want to hire a cheaper lawyer that isn’t as thorough and efficient. 5 Stars
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, sharp, and good listener
Phillip was recommended to me by a friend. He listened well, responded to the cultural context of my situation in an appropriate fashion, and his help allowed me to achieve a favorable outcome in a difficult situation. Fully recommend working with him!
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A youth case resolved
Phil Hamilton came into our lives as a referral from another attorney. Our teenage son was being arrested for a felony that he did not commit, and the charge was alleged by an unscrupulous person. Phil helped us collect information about the accuser and interact with the police and prosecution. The result was that the charges were ultimately not filed. If you seek an attorney who knows the rights of teens and will work to ensure fair legal treatment, look no further than Phil. Phil is very experienced and attended to us fully during this very difficult time. Most important, Phil has a passion for justice and equity in treatment in a system that often treats people of color unfairly. Phil is now a powerful role model for our son. We can never thank him enough.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2019
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Mrs.
Phiillip was an excellent attorney. He worked diligently to get my case resolved quickly & correctly. I would recommend him again & again.
Posted by Xolisa | December 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best in class!!
The American criminal justice system, as I recently learned, requires not only an astute legal mind, but a high level of professionalism, and an ability to develop and work towards client objectives. In my case, having to face this system as an international client, I further required assistance in understanding the nuances of American immigration law, what makes for a sound criminal defence, and even the consideration of diplomatic immunity dimensions. Throughout my entire case and post-disposition, Phillip helped me to navigate every issue of law, and I never felt that I had anything less than the ‘best in class’ with him. My objectives were expeditiously met, and having a career with a public and international dimension, I am happy that Phillip's counsel put me in a position where I can rebuild with minimum impact from my ordeal.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2018
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Best Defense Lawyer Ever
For me, a young woman, facing criminal charges and jail time was the most traumatizing experience I have been through. Starting out, I knew absolutely nothing about the legal system or what I was up against and I was so fortunate to have been referred Philip Hamilton by a friend of mine. From the first moment we spoke on the phone, Phil made me feel entirely safe, taken care of, and completely un-judged. Throughout our 18 months of working together, Phil worked tirelessly both with myself and my anxious family. His experience in the field is so evident - from his amazing ability to mitigate stressful situations to his always A+ elegant appearance . His unwavering determination and his willful adamance of not taking no for an answer is what ultimately got my Felony charge dropped completely to a Disorderly Conduct. He was there every single step of the way - both as a lawyer and as a friend. I can’t recommend anyone more highly than I recommend Phil Hamilton. He truly saved my life.
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Posted by Joe | November 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Class, Character and Comfort
Phil is an outstanding professional who cares deeply about his clients. His passion for driving results for his clients is evident in that he pays attention to every detail and is always available (24/7). He works with honesty, integrity and goes the extra mile to get the desired results. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone in need of an exceptional defense attorney.
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Posted by Kafi | October 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Class Act!
I retained Mr. Hamilton's services in order to review and negotiate a commercial lease for my bakery. He kept me updated at every step of the way and was able to secure great lease terms. He is very professional and personable. I will definitely utilize his services again.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgable and Well-Connected
Phil is the type of lawyer you turn to when you want to know all of your options to make the right choice about your case. He is not only knowledgable, but can always tap into his connections to find the best options to present to you and get your case heard as soon as possible. In the unlikely event that I should need private counsel again, I would trust Phil in a heartbeat to handle my case!
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Posted by Robert | April 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Slam dunk!
Phil is and was incredibly instrumental in my case reaching an agreeable resolve. He had all of the tools necessary to remain the best person for me to invest in for my unique situation. He added to his already stellar performance as my lawyer , by utilizing his professional and personal relationships to bring about a result that gave me peace and closure. I have experienced first hand his application of knowledge and understanding of the law as well as his attention to detail in facing opportunities to navigate to a favorable result. I appreciate what Phil has done and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excell Attorney
Phillip is an awesome attorney. I went to him scared and he helped me calm my nerves. I told him that I could not get a misdemeanor conviction. He got me the exact plea deal that I wanted. No misdemeanor conviction!! Great lawyer and great person, really cares about his clients.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Review
I had an excellent experience with Phil. Calm and to the point gave me the advice I needed. Would highly recommend him.
Posted by Amy | March 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
great
Good experience with Mr. Hamilton. He helped my father and I receive our payments back. He didn't give up on us and fought for us to win our case. Definitely would recommend Phillip Hamilton as a lawyer. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Top attorney based out of the tri-state area!!
Mr Hamilton is a professional lawyer that puts his clients first. He is very knowledgeable about the law and your personal well-being. I used his services for a criminal matter and the outcome was super beneficial to myself. We met up on many occasions and his response time to calls and texts were prompt. I will definitely recommend his services to any family or friend that needs a reliable counselor.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible understanding.
Phillip Hamilton truly showed empathy from the very first moment I reached out to him. I was referred to him and it was when we met in person that I understood why. Someone else knew about his hard work and ethics. He is the kind of person that not only puts himself in your shoes but also alleviates the pressure that comes with having to deal with a case. It was the best help for me to be able to feel calmed and to trust that things do work out for the best. Something so simple yet vital when legal representation is necessary. He was always within reach and open to answer all the questions that I had. As well as adding all details and scenarios he considered I had to be aware of.
He’s knowledgeable and sharp.
I would not have chosen another lawyer.
Thank you again Mister Hamilton.
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Posted by Seth | March 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver
I meet Phillip a few years ago when I got into an automobile accident. At the time he was a legal aid and trust me my family and I were horrified at the thought of a legal aid. But he was awesome, down to earth and he felt like family for day one. I had a great outcome and I will forever be grateful to him. Anyone that ask me for a referral for lawyer he is the only name I recommend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Supervising Attorney
  • The Bronx Defenders
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • The Public Defender Service (Pds)
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • The Federal Defender Service
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Eeoc)
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Georgia Capital Defender
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Georgia State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005
  • Georgia State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • People v. Johnson
  • Client acquitted of all felony charges including Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, and Vehicular Homicide.
  • People v. Harris
  • Client acquitted of all felony charges including Gang Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the First Degree.
  • People v. Cuthbertson
  • Full acquittal on all charges including Burglary in the Second Degree.

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Minorities in the Profession - Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Inspire Award
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • 2014

Publications

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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (14)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, I worked on numerous cases where Phil was opposing counsel. Phil has always been personable and professional. Most importantly, he is an excellent trial lawyer and negotiator. Whenever someone asks me to recommend a criminal defense attorney, Phil is always number one on my list. He does not disappoint, and works hard to ensure that he achieves an excellent result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is not only a professional and thoughtful attorney, with an impressive record of success in criminal matters, he is also a professional and thoughtful human being. If a family member of mine were in trouble with a potential criminal matter, Phil is one of the few folks I would tell them to call for help."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have not had the pleasure to work directly with Phil - we met at a professional event and have kept in touch ever since. As an attorney and a litigator, I meet many attorneys - and you can tell right away who is someone you respect and shares the same work ethic and client-service goals as you do. I respect Phil. He is smart, talented, and easy-going. I would have no hesitation referring a client or a family member to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is smart, dedicated & knows his practice areas thoroughly. I'm happy to endorse him wholeheartedly and feel confident referring clients to him. All around an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hamilton is a strong advocate for his clients because his preparation and work ethic is exemplary. He consistently puts his client;s interests in the best position to obtain the most favorable outcome under the circumstances of a particular case. I consider him one of the real legal warriors that understands how navigate the nuanced complexities of the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hamilton is the best lawyer I’ve come across in Bronx County. His commitment to his client’s is fantastic. There are several lawyers in his area of practice who routinely rely on Mr. Hamilton for advice. I strongly endorse Mr. Hamilton..."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Phil is a stellar lawyer, a dedicated mentor, and a great friend. Phil was my supervisor when I was an intern at Bronx Defenders, and we worked together on my very first trial. I learned so much from his deep legal knowledge and incredible trial skills. Together, we won our trial and a man walked away free that day. I was proud of our victory, and grateful to Phil for giving me my first trial experience. Over the years, Phil has continued to be a dedicated mentor and excellent colleague. As we worked together over time, my respect for his practice grew immensely. I saw him reach across the aisle to prosecutors to get the best outcomes for his clients, and watched him fight vigorously in tough trials where his clients praised him for his impeccable skills. Early on, Phil showed me the kind of lawyer I wanted to be in the future, and thanks to his example, I'm well on my way. I HIGHLY recommend him for all cases within his practice area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. If a client or even family member required an attorney for a criminal matter, Phil is the only person who I would call. He is a man of character. He is not afraid to try a case. He is always prepared and is someone that I will always want on my side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A highly capable attorney. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
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