R. Blake Hamilton’s primary practice areas are civil rights litigation and governmental entity defense. He has represented governmental entities and their employees through the Utah Local Government Trust, Utah Counties Insurance Pool, Utah Risk Management Mutual Association, Utah Highway Patrol Association, and Professional Law Enforcement Association.
He also serves as general counsel for the Utah Peace Officers Association and the National Institute of Jail Operations, as well as conflict counsel for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police. Mr. Hamilton’s practice areas also include commercial litigation, complex criminal defense (CJA Panel member), and health care litigation including licensing matters before the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
Mr. Hamilton is a member of Durham Jones & Pinegar’s Board of Directors and is the chair of the firm’s Governmental Entity Defense group. He also has experience practicing in the areas of general civil litigation, real estate, construction, land use, landlord/tenant, business/finance, banking, tax, employment/labor and family law.
Mr. Hamilton has significant trial experience in both Federal and State Courts. He has also worked on briefs and/or argued before the Utah Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court, the 9th & 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He presently serves as the city attorney for the City of Hildale and general counsel for the Hurricane City Police Department. Mr. Hamilton has been honored as the Utah Young Lawyer of the Year in 2013; listed by the Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star from 2010-2016; has been listed by the Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” from 2013-2016, has a peer rating of 5 out of 5 stars on Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Hamilton was born and raised in Utah. He is deeply committed to contributing to the community. While in law school, Mr. Hamilton interned at the Gonzaga University Legal Assistance Clinic, which provides legal services for elderly and low income individuals.
He also co-chaired the Wills for Heroes committee, which provides wills and other estate planning services for emergency first responders and their families for the past six years.
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