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W. Craig Hamilton

W. Craig Hamilton

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
11 North Water Street, 13th Floor
Battle House Tower
Post Office Box 350 (36601)
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Phone: (251) 432-5300
Fax: (251) 432-5303
Direct Dial: (251) 431-8837

EMAIL

chamilton@mcdowellknight.com

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PROFESSIONAL AWARDS, HONORS, AND DISTINCTIONS


  • Sustaining Member Product Liability Advisory Council
  • 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Product Liability

EDUCATION


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1999
  • Associate Editor, Cumberland Law Review
  • Outstanding Associate Editor Award, 1998-1999
  • Winner, Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition
  • Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow
  • Member, Curia Honoris honorary society
  • Auburn University, Bachelor of Science, Marketing, 1996

AREAS OF PRACTICE



W. Craig Hamilton

As the son of a Tennessee trial lawyer, Mr. Hamilton gained an appreciation of trial advocacy at an early age which serves him well today. His regular clients include the largest nongovernmental healthcare system in Alabama; various product manufacturers, including the world’s third-largest producer of agricultural equipment; national trucking companies; and one of the largest industrial contractors in Alabama.

His creative and deliberate approach to each case has allowed Mr. Hamilton to build an impressive record of success on behalf of his clients. Recent highlights include:

  • September 2016: Obtained $800,001 jury verdict for Mobile, Alabama clothing design company in commercial litigation case following one week trial. Castles and Crowns, Inc. v. Brandi Stuart et al., in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama (Case No. CV-2011-900883).
  • September 2015: Obtained $901,000 jury verdict for Mobile, Alabama hospital in product liability/indemnity case following two week trial. Mobile Infirmary Association d/b/a Mobile Infirmary Medical Center v. Sizewise Rentals, LLC, et al., in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama (Case No. CV-2012-901890).
  • November 2012: Obtained Judgment as a Matter of Law at Close of Plaintiff’s Case in favor of industrial contractor following three days of testimony before a jury in a wrongful termination-retaliatory discharge case. Wiggins v. G.A. West & Co., Inc., in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama (Case No. CV-2011-901483).
  • September 2011: Obtained defense jury verdict in favor of trucking company in case involving claims of permanent injury. White v. System Transport, Inc.,in the Circuit Court of Escambia County, Florida (Case No. 2009-CA0983J).
  • June 2011: Obtained Post-Verdict Judgment as a Matter of Law for Korean seatbelt manufacturer following two-week jury trial in complex product liability case. Leytham v. Kia, Celltrion DBI, et al., in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama (Case No. CV-06-2263).


Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Abbie, who also worked as a civil defense lawyer before becoming a full-time mom, are parents to five children: Kaitlyn, Libbie, Emma Jane, Joe and TC. A top-ranked junior tennis player in high school, he still enjoys participating in tennis and golf tournaments in his free time.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • ALFA International (Product Liability Steering Committee)
  • Products Liability Advisory Council
  • Defense Research Institute (Product Liability Committee)
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (President, Young Lawyers Section, 2005-2006)
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Mobile Bar Association
CIVIC AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
  • Mobile Touchdown Club
PUBLISHED WORKS
  • “Strategies for Admitting Plaintiff’s Drug or Alcohol Use in Product Liability Cases,” ALFA Products Liability Newsletter (Fall 2009)
  • “No Harm, No Foul: Alabama Supreme Court Holds that Plaintiff will not be Judicially Estopped from Pursuing Lawsuit He did not Disclose in Bankruptcy if He Amends his Bankruptcy Schedules Once Caught,” ADLA Journal (Spring 2008)
SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
  • Speaker/Faculty, Construction Law Forum (design build and construction management) – Mobile, Alabama
  • Faculty, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Deposition Boot Camp (2009- 2012)