J.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of North Carolina
B.A., Brandeis University
Program, Oxford University
Jonathan Hamilton is a leading global authority on international disputes and investment, as well as on complex negotiations and crisis management at White & Case.
As the Firm's head of Latin American arbitration, he has successfully advised on some of the most critical issues of the era in Latin America and beyond, including the cultural patrimony of Machu Picchu, the new Ecuador international airport, the Argentine sovereign debt crisis, the development of the Peruvian energy sector, and the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Hamilton's practice is ranked at the top of its field by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America. Recognition for his recent matters includes the 2013 OGEMID Most Influential Arbitration Award of the Decade; 2012 OGEMID Best Arbitration Award; 2011 Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year/Disputes; 2010 Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year/Finalist Disputes; 2009 Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year/Disputes and 2008 MID Best Arbitration Award.
Individually recognized as one of the top lawyers in his practice area, Hamilton was one of ten lawyers worldwide nominated as Global Arbitration Review Advocate of the Year. He has been described in Chambers and The Legal 500 as "a super-lawyer-dealmaker", with a "single-minded commitment to the client’s' cause", "very impressive advocacy" with an "impressive grasp of strategy", as a "great negotiator" and a "true Latin American specialist", with "deep understanding and efficiency" and "experience, expertise, commitment and dynamism."
He is a recognised thought leader on both Latin American policy and international investment and arbitration. He teaches international contract negotiations at the University of Miami and lectures widely at leading universities. Key publications include "Latin American Investment Protections: Comparative Perspectives on Laws, Treaties and Disputes for Investors, States and Counsel", "Latin Arbitration Law", "Latin American Arbitral Institutions", "Latin American Truth Commissions", "The Intersection of Investments and Trade” and “Americas Investments, Law and Policy".
Based in Washington, DC, and Latin America, Hamilton started his career at White & Case in the New York office, spent several years in the Mexico City office and also worked as a visiting associate with a major firm in Lima.
Hamilton is committed to social development and has served on the US-Mexico Foundation board, the Vance Center for International Justice board, foreign policy working groups and as an international election observer. He also worked as an assistant to legal fiction author John Grisham and as a federal law clerk.