Joseph L. Hamilton

Joe Hamilton is a Member of the firm and has been based in the Louisville office since 1986. He is a member of the Business Litigation Service Group, which is home to approximately 60 attorneys and paralegals and is co-chair and co-founder of the firm's 20 member Class Action Defense Practice Group. His practice emphasis is in class action defense and other complex business and business insurance litigation.

With regard to his class action defense practice, Mr. Hamilton has been counsel in over 150 class actions during the last 25 years. Those class actions have been concentrated primarily in life insurance, health insurance, ERISA and other insurance and financial product issues. He has defended clients in putative statewide and nationwide class actions on a regional and national basis, representing them in the state or federal courts of more than 25 states from coast to coast.

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Firm Leadership

Class Action Defense Practice Group, Co-Chair

Diversity Committee, Member

Business Litigation Service Group, Past Chair

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
More Than Stites & Harbison

Following graduation from law school, Joe served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Charles M. Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville. In 2010, Joe was elected to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).


Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation (2007-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2012-18, 2021)

Chambers USA: "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Litigation: General Commercial (2008-14)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2008, 2009, 2013-22)

Louisville Magazine's "Top Lawyers" for Class Action Law (2013, 2014)


. . . always a pleasure to work with Joe Hamilton. He is proactive, thorough, knowledgeable, and bright—a professional of the highest caliber.

- Best Lawyers, client comment

A great class action defense lawyer.

- Chambers USA

. . . has a certain style that goes down well with colleagues and judges . . .

- Chambers USA

Joe is an excellent litigator . . .thorough understanding of the law . . . very few skilled litigators like Joe that take the time to understand and appreciate the business context . . .

- Best Lawyers, client comment
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