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.