Cozen O’Connor: Hamilton, Dexter R.

Dexter R. Hamilton

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2166

(215) 701-2166

Dexter R. Hamilton handles complex litigation matters for major corporations, governmental organizations, and nonprofit entities. He is an experienced trial attorney and practices in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation, products liability, and toxic tort litigation. In the past few years, he has tried five major jury trials to verdict including three commercial matters, a legal malpractice case and a products liability matter involving a potentially fatal disease. He has been lead counsel in complex matters in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina.

Dexter also serves as general counsel for a health system and advises the organization in a variety of matters including litigation, labor and employment, compliance, contracts, internal investigations, and corporate governance.

He leads the Philadelphia Trial Group, a select group of experienced trial attorneys who are uniquely qualified to defend, prosecute, or try significant matters in the Philadelphia state and federal courts.

Dexter serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he presides at settlement conferences. He is a member of the board of the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia.

Active in a number of civic and community activities, Dexter has served on the board of directors of the Bethesda Project, an organization that serves the chronically homeless; on the board of Phil-Mont Christian Academy, a K-12 school; and was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Currently, he serves on the board of The Sullivan Trust and is a member of The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Dexter earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987, where he was the recipient of the Civil Trial Advocacy Award and was elected by his peers to be an officer of his graduating class. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude from Widener University in 1983, where he was recognized as the most outstanding student in political science. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1987 and in New Jersey in 1990.

Experience

News

Cozen O’Connor Team Secures Motion for Nonsuit

February 05, 2013

Jeffrey Weil, Dexter Hamilton and a team of Cozen O’Connor litigators successfully defended a mid-sized, regional law firm and one of its senior corporate partners in a legal malpractice case brought in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The case involved an underlying business transaction that went bad. Our law firm clients had represented a closely held corporation whose stock was sold to a publicly traded company.

Dexter Hamilton presents on “Distracted Driving On Company Time: A Risk Manager’s Nightmare” in recent Risk & Insurance Magazine Webinar

August 10, 2010

Dexter Hamilton, Cozen O’Connor member resident in the Philadelphia office, gave a presentation for a Risk & Insurance Magazine Webinar on July 14th, which was sponsored by Zurich Services Corporation. Dexter’s presentation covered the legal issues associated with employees getting into motor vehicle accidents on company time due to distracted driving caused by talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.

Publications

Pennsylvania Water Law: Contamination Incidents and Liability [American Water Works Association]

October 31, 2014

In an article titled “Pennsylvania Water Law: Contamination Incidents and Liability,” Dexter Hamilton, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, Michael Klein, co-chair of the firm’s Energy & Utilities Industry team, and Thomas Leonard, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, address recent water contamination incidents and the inevitable legal actions that follow.

Zero-tolerance v. hands-free: What should be your cell phone policy? [InsideCounsel]

September 29, 2014

In an article titled, "Zero-tolerance v. hands-free: What should be your cell phone policy," Dexter Hamilton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department and Thomas Leonard, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, compare the two major policy frameworks governing the use of cell phones by employees while driving: zero-tolerance and hands-free. Each approach has positive aspects, but neither can guarantee that a company will not be held liable for an employee’s distracted driving accident.

Employer Liability for Distracted Driving: A Concern That Will Not Go Away [InsideCounsel]

July 09, 2014

In an article published in InsideCounsel, Dexter Hamilton and Thomas Leonard, attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, discuss distracted driving and the potential impact on employers. Despite the risk and possible financial consequences, distracted driving is likely to continue. The proliferation of personal electronic devices (which are referred to collectively as “cell phones”) has placed fierce pressure on businesses to always be available for both internal and external communication. The quest to remain competitive, the emergence of a younger work force that expects to be connected at all times, and the growing use of technology to facilitate working from remote locations force employers to grapple with cell phone use policies and enforcement.

PA Supreme Court Allows Certain Mesothelioma Claimants to Sue Their Employer [Litigation Alert]

December 16, 2013

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a ground-breaking decision that could potentially expose employers to a wave of new lawsuits by former employees suffering from mesothelioma. In its November 22, 2013 opinion in the case Tooey v. AK Steel Corp., the court ruled that the Commonwealth’s Workers’ Compensation Act (the WCA) does not apply to claims based on occupational disease that otherwise would fall within the law’s ambit but does not manifest until after 300 weeks following the termination of a worker’s employment. Significantly, because the WCA does not apply to these claims, workers who develop mesothelioma can now sue their former employers in tort, unlike other workers whose claims fall under the Act and who can only proceed against their employers for worker’s compensation benefits.

What to Do When an HR Employee Sues [Workforce Management]

July 01, 2007

What to Do When an HR Employee Sues - Workforce Management - When an HR staffer alleges employment discrimination, it’s automatically a different kind of claim. Here’s how to proceed when the claimant is someone who is likely to know damaging,
embarrassing or unflattering information about the company—and might be willing to use it to
bolster a case. It’s not all bad news, however. Sometimes it’s easier to deal with an HR claimant.a

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1987
  • Widener University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Barristers Association of Philadelphia
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association