Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton believes that as a trial lawyer, he should be paid not for his time, but for his results. Hamilton has obtained winning verdicts and favorable settlements for his clients in cases ranging from commercial disputes to pharmaceutical and medical device litigation to business fraud.

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. 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.

In addition to his focus on representing individual and business plaintiffs in high profile commercial cases against the largest corporations in the world, Hamilton also represents individuals in select matters involving important social issues or catastrophic personal injuries, as well as aggrieved defendants in high stakes disputes.

Hamilton’s current representative matters include:
  • $27 million dollar compensatory damages jury verdict in a wrongful death case alleging premises liability for inadequate security against The McDonald’s Corporation.
  • Multiple cases representing the families of victims killed by 18-wheelers.
  • Representing a medical device manufacturer in a commercial dispute in claims arising from the fraudulent inducement of a corporate acquisition agreement.
  • 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 victims of sexual assault at Baylor University.
  • Representing a group of investors in a fraudulent inducement action relating to the acquisition of a commercial office building.
  • Representing a catastrophically injured victim in medical malpractice cases.
  • Representing catastrophically injured victims of defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.
  • Representing the family of a deceased victim in an aviation product liability case.
  • Representing companies and high net worth individuals in large insurance coverage disputes.
Hamilton’s recent verdicts and successes include:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Confidential settlement in trademark infringement case involving disgorgement of profits against a Fortune 500 company.
  • Multi-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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Represented Southern Methodist University in the successful resolution of a land dispute regarding the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
  • Confidential settlement in a high-profile 1983 case against a school district where a disabled student was choked by a district employee.
  • Favorable verdict on behalf of an equitable defendant by way of counterclaim in an oil and gas dispute.

Hamilton’s cases have been featured in Bloomberg, Texas Lawyer, Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, 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 selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine for business litigation in 2014 and as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2014. He has been repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the year 2014. Hamilton is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is also a member of the Leader’s Forum for the American Association for Justice.

Hamilton is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Southern Methodist University, and is regularly invited to speak at universities and law schools throughout Texas regarding trial advocacy and entrepreneurship.

*Results of previous cases are not indicative or promissory of future case results