Mark C. Hamilton
Mark concentrates his practice in general civil and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of industries including banking and financial institutions, energy, health care, manufacturing, municipal government and real estate. Mark also regularly represents individuals in personal injury and estate litigation.
Notable matters include:
- Assisted in obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of conspiracy, tortious interference, breach of contract and unjust enrichment in lawsuit concerning interpretation and negotiation of an oil and gas lease. This case created new law in Pennsylvania when the Superior Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the non-attorney consultant engaged in the unauthorized practice of law through drafting and negotiating an oil and gas lease.
- Litigation of secession action by borough residents for establishment of an independent school district for purpose of transferring from an existing school district to another. See Docket No. GD 11-12214, In Re: Establishment of Independent School District of the Borough of Rosslyn Farms, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
- Represented powdered metal parts supplier in dispute with the American subsidiaries of a foreign automotive parts manufacturer. Obtained favorable resolution for client through the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania’s alternative dispute resolution program
- Successful defense of client in will contest trial before the Allegheny County Register of Wills. Obtained compulsory non-suit on behalf of respondent due to petitioner’s failure to show that testator suffered from weakened intellect.
Areas of Practice: Business & Corporate, Employment, Personal Injury, Construction and Oil and Gas Litigation.
Honors and Awards: Mark was the recipient of the 2009 Wohlmuth Award for Outstanding Leadership and was awarded the Sutin Prize in 2010. He also received the 2009 CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his work as a legal extern with Neighborhood Legal Services. In 2016, Mark was nominated as a Young Lawyer Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow.
Memberships and Activities: Mark is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He served on the Host Committee for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division Spring 2014 Conference. Mark currently serves on the ACBA Civil Litigation Section Council and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He is also an associate member of the Western Pennsylvania Wing of the 8th Air Force Historical Society and Penns Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Mark currently serves as an attorney advisor to the Taylor Alderdice High School PBA/YLD Mock Trial Team.
Jurisdictions: Mark is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, West Virginia State Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He is also an accredited attorney for the prosecution of veterans’ benefit claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Education and Background: Mark graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2010, where he earned a certificate in civil litigation. While in law school, Mark was the Articles Editor for the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law and Senior Editor for JURIST Hotline. He also holds a Master of Science in History from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated cum laude from Miami University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts. Mark also attended the University of Virginia School of Law Trial Advocacy College.
Prior to attending law school, Mark worked as an analyst in the Washington D.C. area managing federal government defense and military contracts, and focused on export licensing protocol and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance. While in law school, Mark served as a judicial extern to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judges Mary Jane Bowes and U.S. District Court Judge Nora Barry Fischer.