- Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar
- Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system
- Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Star® in Business Litigation, 2018-2020
Austin T. Hamilton is a partner with Jimerson Birr, P.A., and is an experienced commercial litigation attorney. Austin is an integral part of the firm’s banking and financial services industry team, insurance industry team, and real estate development, sales and leasing industry team. Austin has a proven track record for successful outcomes counseling businesses faced with complex challenges.
Austin is a Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar, an achievement held by less than 1% of attorneys in the State of Florida. Austin is rated AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system recognized by his peers as having the highest level of ethical standards and professional ability. Austin was named a Rising Star for 2018-2020 in the Florida Super Lawyer’s magazine as a business litigation attorney.
Austin focuses on all aspects of business litigation in state and federal court and enjoys representing businesses throughout the state of Florida. Examples of Austin’s practice areas include but are not limited to: complex commercial litigation, class action defense litigation, business and contract disputes, commercial landlord-tenant litigation and lease disputes, commercial evictions, consumer litigation defense, commercial defamation and disparagement, unfair competition claims, construction lien disputes, construction defects and delay claims, real property litigation, creditor’s rights, and post-judgment collections.
As an experienced trial attorney who has tried jury trials and bench trials in state and federal court and prosecuted arbitration actions through final hearing, Austin’s focus is always on providing honest advice and obtaining the best results for his clients. For example, Austin was the lead plaintiff’s attorney in an eight (8) day federal jury trial involving an insurance coverage dispute resulting in a $1.89 million dollar judgment for his client. Austin also represented a transportation company in a breach of contract action against a fortune 500 company resulting in a $725,000.00 judgment for his client. Austin also represented a contractor and subcontractor against a developer in a five (5) day jury trial in St. Johns County resulting in a six-figure judgment for his clients.
Austin is a Hoosier by birth but a Boilermaker by the grace of God. He was born in Lafayette, Indiana and grew up in a small suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio. While he did not attend Purdue University, Austin is an avid Purdue Boilermaker fan and grew up attending Gene Keady’s summer basketball camp at Purdue University. Austin attended the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Madison Square Garden.
Austin obtained his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Florida Coastal School of Law graduating in the top five percent (5%) of his class.
While in law school, Austin was on the Florida Coastal Law Review and was the Executive Editor of the Florida Coastal Law Review Executive Board. He was also a Student Pupil in the prestigious Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, and he interned with a United States District Court Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division.
Austin is married to his beautiful wife, Emily. Austin met Emily in undergrad at Bowling Green State University. He moved to Jacksonville in 2009 and Emily joined him shortly after completing her graduate degree at Bowling Green. Austin and Emily have two adorable children, both of whom take after their mother. Austin and Emily, along with their children, have made Jacksonville their home.
When Austin is not advocating on behalf of businesses or attempting to resolve disputes in the office, he spends his time at home negotiating resolutions between two preschoolers trying to assert their dominance over one another (and over him). In his free time, Austin enjoys exercising, playing basketball, boating, fishing, chasing his children on the beach and spending quality time with his family.