Henry L Hamilton

Columbia, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 779-0700

Areas of Practice

  • Military Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • 95% Dedicated to Litigation

Court and Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1979 J.D., with Honors
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1972 B.S. Bus., Magna Cum Laude

Past Employment Positions

  • Ratchford & Hamilton, LLP: Litigation Partner, 1998-2006
  • Ratchford & Associates: Associate Attorney, 1994-1998
  • U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, 1979-1994
    • Trial Counsel (prosecutor) and Senior Defense Counsel, various installations
    • Legal Advisor, unnamed Special Operations counterterrorism unit, Fort Bragg, NC
    • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for 1st SOCOM (Airbone), Fort Bragg, NC
    • Staff Judge Advocate for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC
  • U.S. Army, Armored Cavalry & Air Cavalry Positions, 1972-1976
    • Army Aviator, UH-1 (Huey) & AH-1 (Cobra)
    • Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder Qualified

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