LEGAL ABILITY RATING OF “A”
Based on the standard of ability for the place or area where the lawyer practices, it takes into consideration experience, nature of practice and qualifications relevant to the profession. Where a lawyer’s practice is limited or specialized, rating opinions are made on the basis of performance in those Fields of Law. There are no minimum periods of time in practice required for any rating.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATION RATING OF “V”
Embraces faithful adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics of the legal profession, professional reliability and diligence, and standards relevant to the attorney’s discharge of his or her professional responsibilities.
- Mercer University Law School, J.D., 1976
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1973
1999 to Present
The Hamilton Firm LLC, 2401 Broad Street, Suite 102, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408, focusing on catastrophic and serious personal injury and wrongful death injury cases.
1979 to 1998
Bennett & Hamilton, Rossville, Georgia, general trial practice for several years, then concentrating solely on personal injury, wrongful death and workplace injury cases
1976 to 1979
Sole practitioner, Macon, Georgia, general civil and criminal practice.
Mr. Hamilton has been admitted to practice in all state courts in Georgia since 1976, and in all state courts in Tennessee since 1987. He is also admitted to practice in North Carolina, and in the United States District Courts for the Middle District of Georgia, the Northern District of Georgia, the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Champion Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association; North Carolina Advocates for Justice; American Association for Justice; AAJ Trucking Litigation Group; The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America; Chattanooga Bar Association; Lookout Mountain Bar Association (President 1989-1990).
- Served on Challenge Committees for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association in 2005-2006, and in 1987-1989, to support legal and constitutional challenges to tort reform legislation. Represented the plaintiff in Denton v. Con-way Southern Express, 261 Ga. 41 (1991) which overturned the collateral source statute enacted as part of Georgia’s 1987 tort “reform” legislation.
- Also served as Budget Committee Chair and Legislative Committee Co-Chair for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Honors & Awards:
2002 Bill of Rights Award from the ACLU Foundation of Tennessee. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must . . . undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Thomas Paine
- How to Properly Prepare Your Personal Injury Client to Testify, The Tennessee Trial Lawyer (Journal of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association), Winter 2018/2019, updated and revised for Tennessee;
- Preparing Your Personal Injury Client to Testify, The Verdict (Journal of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association), Fall 2014 (Or, It’s hard to live your life in color and tell the truth in black and white), reprinted in 2015 in Trial Talk (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association) and in the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal
- Collateral Source Battle Still Not Over, The Verdict, July/August 1992
- Challenges to Collateral Source Disclosure Pending Before Supreme Court, The Verdict, June/July/August 1990
- Collateral Source Disclosure – Trial Practice Ideas and Suggestions, The Verdict, December 1988
- MSA’s and Settling Future Medical Care in Tennessee Workers Compensation Cases Using a MSA – Don’t Sell Your Client Short! Tennessee Association for Justice Webinar, June 2014.
- Annual Seminar & Convention, Trucking Track, Georgia Trial Lawyers, May 2013. Apportionment of Damages – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (A Conversation with an Empty Chair)
- Catastrophic Commercial Vehicle Cases Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Atlanta, GA, March 2013: Taking Advantage of Apportionment of Fault and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Non-Party Fault in Trucking Cases
- Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Chattanooga, TN, July 2012: Comparing Georgia and Tennessee Workers’ Compensation
- Technology Workshop, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, March 2008: CaseMap and TextMap in Plaintiff’s Practice
- Practicing Law After SB3, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, March 2005: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again!
- Co-Chair, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association “Nuts and Bolts Workers Compensation” Seminar, March 2002
- Identifying Issues and Building a Winning Case, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1994: Start at the Very Beginning – Don’t wreck your case by forgetting the fundamentals, case intake, investigation and discovery
- Life After No-Fault, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, October 1991: The Unholy Triumvirate: Collateral Source, Set-Off and Subrogation
- Proof of Liability and Damages, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, December 1988: Slip and Fall – Getting the Six Figure Verdict
- Fall Workshop, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, November 1987: Practical Approaches to Tort Reform
- Annual Seminar and Convention, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, April 1986: Drunk Driving: Third Party Liability
Reported Appellate Decisions (Civil Cases Only)
- Bright v. Sandstone Hospitality LLC, 755 S.E.2d 899; 2014 Ga. App. LEXIS 288 (2014)
- The Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County v. Rapson, 283 Ga. App. 297 (2007)
- North Georgia Electric Membership Corp. v. Webb, 246 Ga. App. 316, (2000)
- City of Dalton v. Gene Rogers Construction, 223 Ga. App. 819 (1996)
- Mathis v. Bowater, Inc. 985 F.2d 277 (6th Cir. 1993)
- Denton v. Con-way Southern Express, 261 Ga. 41 (1991)
- Goforth v. Wigley, 178 Ga. App. 558 (1986)
- Walkley v. Dukes, 175 Ga. App. 820 (1985)
- Allstate Insurance Co. v. Baugh, 173 Ga. App. 615 (1985)
- Wallace v. Yarbrough, 155 Ga. App. 184 (1980)
- Middlebrooks v. Lonas, 246 Ga. 720 (1980)
- Cooper v. Mason, 155 Ga. App. 793 (1979)
- Tucker v. Mappin, 149 Ga. App. 847 (1979)
- Cumbie v. Cumbie, 146 Ga. App. 704 (1978)