Jerry D. Hamilton

Jerry D. Hamilton

Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel

Recognized since 2018

Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Litigation - Insurance

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Admiralty and Maritime Law
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Jerry Hamilton is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has been nationally recognized as one of the Top Ten Defense Lawyers in the United States by one of the largest insurance companies in the world. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial honorary society composed of less than one half percent of lawyers in The United States.

Jerry is also Board Certified in Maritime Law, has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics every year since 2006 and is named as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend. In 2016, he was selected by the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) as one of Miami’s top 10 trial lawyers to present in its annual Super Lawyers CLE Mock Trial and also received the Anthony G. Marshall Award as Hospitality Lawyer of the Year. In 2017, he was a finalist for the CLM Professional Outside Counsel of the Year Award and also nominated by his peers in the DCBA as a Legal Luminary. He has served as the Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee for the DCBA and has been a Director for numerous years. He is AV® rated preeminent by Martindale Hubbell®. He is also a member of the FDCC.

Jerry is a managing shareholder of the international law firm of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP, which is consistently ranked among the top ten most diverse law firms. It boasts a 95%-win ratio in trials. Jerry is a faculty member and instructor for CLM. He frequently lectures at CLM's Claims College and is on the faculty of the Litigation Management Institute which is designed to train trial lawyers and persons handling complex claims. For the past 25 years, Jerry has dedicated his practice to defending his clients in complex litigation matters, class actions, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, product liability claims, insurance coverage/bad faith, professional malpractice claims, hospitality and transportation claims.

Contact & Links
  • 150 Southeast Second Avenue, Suite 1200
    Miami, FL 33131
  • University of Florida, J.D., graduated 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1993
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA) - Member
  • Caribbean Bar Association - Founding Member and Past President
  • Council on Litigation Management (CLM) - Member & Educator
  • Dade County Bar - Board of Directors 1998-2003, 2015-2017
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) - Member
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association - Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) - Member
  • International Council of Cruise Lines - Executive Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Member
  • Maritime Law Association - Proctor Member
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) - Member of the Board of Directors
  • National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section - Member
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Courts of Jamaica

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Admiralty and Maritime Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law, Miami (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Special Focus:
  • COVID-19
  • Board-Certified in Civil Trial Law + Admiralty and Maritime Law, by the Florida Bar
  • AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating possible
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Insurance and Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2018
  • Honored as Top Ten Lawyer by AIG, 2010
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Florida's Legal Elite, Florida Trend
  • Florida Super Lawyer, Law & Politics, 2006-present
  • Top Attorneys in Florida & America's Most Honored Professionals, Personal Injury Defense, American Registry
  • Best of the Bar, South Florida Business Journal
  • Named as one of "100 Most Accomplished Blacks in Law" by ICABA
  • Top Lawyer, 2013 & 2016, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Recognized as the 2017 Superstar by Attorney at Law Magazine
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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South Florida "Lawyer of the Year"

by Best Lawyers

Jerry Hamilton is honored as 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in Admiralty and Maritime Law for Miami.


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