John J. Hamilton - Attorney is a solo practice.
Mr. Hamilton handles every client's matter, personally. He is a "roll-up-the-sleeves," hands-on attorney. He employes no other attorneys, paralegals or legal secretaries.
Clients of Mr. Hamilton can expect that he will personally write every legal letter and legal document, make every phone call, will personally answer every client's phone call; and conduct any trial (if necessary) on a client's behalf.
Mr. Hamilton recognizes that some individuals are unable to afford 'full-representation' in a lawsuit -- particularly where the individual is being sued. In such cases, Mr. Hamilton can provided "Limited Scope Representation" to be the plaintiff or defendant's 'ghost-writer' for writing pleadings; responding to and demanding 'Discovery' from adversarial parties; writing motions; attending motion hearings and will represent you at trial -- all on a ala carte' basis.
Prior to earning a law degree in 1993, Mr. Hamilton had over 25 years experience in the securities, insurance and banking industries including being Senior Vice President of one of the nation's largest financial institutions in the 1980's. This prior business experience gives him not only a legal perspective but also a practical business perspective in seeking solutions to clients' legal problems.
Upon becoming admitted to both the California and Florida State Bars, Mr. Hamilton volunteered to participate in the Orange County District Attorney's "Trial Attorney Project" for 3 months and, during that time, was a Deputy District Attorney.
In 1997, Mr. Hamilton worked as a contract attorney for a boutique Century City law firm mentored by a senior attorney known for prosecuting complex litigation cases against Northwest Airlines and, earlier, Western Airlines.
Beginning in 1998, Mr. Hamilton offered his services to other attorneys as an independent contractor and over 50 attorneys in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange Counties have hired him to do trials, arbitrations, mediations, and argue motions for them and their clients in court, often at "the last minute."
Since 2005, Mr. Hamilton has dedicated his practice to taking only a limited number of cases where he handles all aspects of the case without using a secretary, paralegal or other attorneys.
Mr. Hamilton handles both civil and criminal matters.
Yes, a 20-minute free consultation.
Hourly Fees. 5% discount for mentioning Nolo. In certain instances and certain cases, I will consider a contingency-fee arrangement.
$285 per hour - $299 per hour
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., everyday. Willing to meet at prospective client's office
The 25 years of business experience I had prior to earning a law degree, involving contract disputes, employee/employer litigation, breach of employment contract, fraudulent business practices by companies, and claims by investors of stockbroker fraud, inspired me to not only go to law school mid-career but to pursue the specific areas of practice where I had actual hands-on business experience earlier.
I believe, and have personal experience prior to obtaining a law degree at age 45, that an individual can often save substantial money by doing certain things without a lawyer. However, when it comes to a person representing oneself in court and particularly at trial, neither the courts nor the juries take a person as seriously when representing oneself and in litigation, a person should hire an attorney to make sure their rights are protected and asserted fully.
I am very willing to review documents prepared by clients and have done such work for over 15 years.
I have been the 'ghost writer' of court documents for clients that wish to represent themselves. Examples include writing summons, complaints, responsive pleadings (e.g., Answer to the complaint), and "discovery", both demanding discovery and responding to discovery.
I have also provided "Limited Representation" to clients in court, in accordance with the California Rule of Court 3.36.
In the 1980's, prior to earning a law degree in 1993, I was a Senior Vice President of American Saving Bank and its asset management subsidiary, FCA Asset Management.
I was also a stockbroker for three New York Stock Exchange firms working on Wall Street, LaSalle Street (Chicago) and Minneapolis.
I have a unique blend of practical business experience in addition to a legal background. Prior to earning a law degree in 1993, I had over 25 years experience in the securities, insurance and banking industries including being Senior Vice President of one of the nation's largest financial institutions in the 1980's. This prior business experience gives me not only a legal perspective but also a practical business perspective in seeking solutions to clients' legal problems.
I am highly motivated, energetic, and assertive when necessary.Personal interests:
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