William “Bill” Hamilton, Retired Partner


William Hamilton is a veteran trial attorney who handled complex business litigation in the areas software and technology disputes, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets law), e-commerce, data security, telecommunications, trade regulation, unfair trade practices, and internal investigations.

Bill Hamilton was the firm's National E-Discovery Partner. Mr. Hamilton currently teaches Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. Mr. Hamilton is the Executive Director of the International Center for Automated Research at the University of Florida and the UF Law E-Discovery Project. Mr. Hamilton is also the Dean of Graduate Students at Bryan University and its Electronic Discovery Project Management Certificate program. Mr. Hamilton is a featured speaker and writer on business litigation, electronic discovery and evidence. Mr. Hamilton is also a neutral, arbitrator and mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Trademark Association, and the American Arbitration Association.

Education and Honors

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law (cum laude, 1983)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., 1974)
  • Lehigh University (B.A., cum laude, 1970)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member, Intellectual Property Section and Litigation Section; Standing Committee on Technology, 2000-2003)
  • The Florida Bar (Member, Business Law Certification Committee)
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program (Arbitrator)
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • LexisNexis (Florida Editorial Advisory Board)
  • International Trademark Association (Panel Of Neutrals)
  • American Arbitration Association (Neutral)
  • National Arbitration Forum (Neutral)
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court (Master)
  • University of Florida College of Law (Adjunct Professor)
  • University of Florida, College of Law (IP Certification, 2000-2005 Advisory Board)
  • The Sedona Conference, E-Discovery Working Group (Member)
  • Electronic Discovery Reference Model (Member, Electronic Search Committee)
  • United Way, Tocqueville Society (Member)
  • Bryan University's E-Discovery Project Management graduate program (Dean)

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2016 Tampa Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • The Florida Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2013-present: Litigation - Patent / Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); 2006-present: Commercial Litigation; 2005-present: Litigation - Intellectual Property Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in 2008-2014 Florida Super Lawyers® lists (Business Litigation, Intellectual Property)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2008-2011: Litigation)
  • Named Florida's Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine (2005-2009)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers magazine, Corporate Counsel Edition (March 2009)
  • Named Legal Elite by Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law
  • American College of e-Neutrals (Fellow)