We are trial lawyers. Our attorneys have dedicated their entire careers to specializing in the areas of admiralty/maritime law, personal injury defense, premises liability, insurance defense and coverage, fraud, transportation/trucking and commercial litigation and transactions. Our lawyers are available to discuss any aspect of your case 24/7. HM&B's emergency action response team can investigate any situation immediately, regardless of the jurisdiction and we take pride in exceeding all our of client’s expectations.
Our approach means efficient case management where claims are evaluated quickly and clients are provided with the most cost effective path to resolution. It is just one of the reasons we were named to the list of Top Ten Lawyers worldwide by one of the largest insurance carriers in the world.
Our diverse team can connect across any legal and social environment with a keen understanding of norms and cultures, whether it is working with diverse jury pools or skillfully handling international issues. In 2012, HM&B was recognized as the 3rd Most Diverse Law Firm in South Florida.
Jerry Hamilton is a trial lawyer. He is board certified by the Florida Bar and has been recognized among the Top Ten Insurance Defense Lawyers in the United States by one of the world’s largest insurance companies. He is a founding partner and managing shareholder of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP, a Martindale Hubbell® AV rated® minority certified law fi rm ranked as the 7th most diverse law firm in Florida by the Daily Business Review.
Mr. Hamilton has dedicated his practice to litigation, defending major insurers and corporations in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability and negligent security, insurance coverage and bad faith, medical and professional malpractice, admiralty and maritime, commercial litigation, insurance fraud, hospitality, transportation, and product liability.
He has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics, named to Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend, AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell®, and named as one of “100 Most Accomplished Blacks in Law” by ICABA. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the National Association of Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association, International Council on Cruise Lines, and a founding member and past president of the Caribbean Bar Association.
EDUCATION J.D., with special citation, University of Florida College of Law B.A., University of Miami
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS Florida Bar, 1993 Jamaica, 2006 U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals U.S. Supreme Court
ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME LAW: ALCOHOL: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: APPELLATE PRACTICE: BANKING:Commercial Lending BANKING:Workouts and Restructurings CITY, COUNTY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT: CIVIL TRIAL: DEFAMATION: FOOD: IMMIGRATION:EB5 Financing/Immigration IMMIGRATION:Immigration & Compliance INSURANCE:Auto INSURANCE:Bad Faith INSURANCE:Coverage INSURANCE:Directors and Officers INSURANCE:Directors and Officers INSURANCE:Employment Practices INSURANCE:General Liability INSURANCE:General Liability INSURANCE:Governmental Entity INSURANCE:Homeowners INSURANCE:Medical Malpractice INSURANCE:Ocean Marine INSURANCE:Premises INSURANCE:Product Liability INSURANCE:Professional Liability INSURANCE:Professional Liability INSURANCE:Property INSURANCE:Third Party INSURANCE:Transportation INSURANCE:Umbrella LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:ADA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:ADA (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Advising on Employee Matters LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Arbitration LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Counseling LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Davis-Bacon Act (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Davis-Bacon Act (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:DOL Audits LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (non-litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (non-litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FMLA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FMLA (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Harassment / Discrimination / Retaliation LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:I-9 Compliance LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Immigration LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Internal Investigations LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:International Employment Law LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Labor LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Multidistrict Litigation LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:NLRB LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OFCCP LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OSHA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:OSHA (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Title VII LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Trade Secret LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Training LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Union Campaigns LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Union Negotiations LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (compliance) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Walsh-Healy Act LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Whistle Blowing LITIGATION: PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION: PROPERTY: TORT: TRANSPORTATION:
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Florida New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida U.S. Supreme Court