Matthew J. Hamilton is a partner in the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He has more than twenty years’ experience representing clients in complex pharmaceutical products liability and commercial litigation, with a primary emphasis on the defense of federal multidistrict litigation, coordinated state court actions, class actions and other complex matters. He is a member of the firm’s e-Discovery and Technology committees.
Mr. Hamilton has represented and advised clients in products liability, toxic tort, consumer fraud, breach of contract, antitrust, labor, securities, bankruptcy, warranty, personal injury and premises liability claims. He has significant experience managing, directing and coordinating complex litigation through joint-defense groups and local counsel across jurisdictions. In addition to trial and pretrial practice in state and federal courts, he is experienced in prosecuting and defending appeals in the appellate courts of Pennsylvania, federal circuit courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Hamilton advises clients on issues relating to electronic discovery and litigates those issues where required. He manages and directs large-scale electronic discovery in complex, multiparty litigation and consults on the development and management of case management and other databases.
Mr. Hamilton writes and speaks on matters of e-discovery, including how principles of proportionality inform relevance, the duty to preserve electronically stored information (ESI), and the imposition of sanctions for failure to do so. He also serves on several civil justice reform committees.
In his pro bono practice Mr. Hamilton serves as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas’ Landlord Tenant Appellate Mediation Program, and also serves at a volunteer foreclosure assistance clinic.