Levin College of Law

William Hamilton

Senior Legal Skills Professor
Director, E-Discovery Project

Mailing Address:
PO Box 117620
Gainesville, FL 32611

(480) 993-8777


William Hamilton is an electronic discovery expert. Prior to joining the faculty served as the electronic discovery partner for his national law firm. Mr. Hamilton has taught electronic discovery at the University of Florida for the past decade and is the co-author of the LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida e-Discovery and Evidence and co-author of A Student Electronic Discovery Primer: An Essential Companion for Civil Procedure Courses. Mr. Hamilton is also the General Editor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Florida Contract Litigation. Mr. Hamilton is also a neutral arbitrator and mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization and the author of numerous domain name dispute decisions. Mr. Hamilton has been recognized in Chambers USA, Florida Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law (cum laude, 1983)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (M.A., Philosophy 1974)
  • Lehigh University (B.A., cum laude, Philosophy (1970)

Legal Career

  • Quarles & Brady LLP, Electronic Discovery Partner, (2010 -2015)
  • Holland & Knight LLP, Partner (1990 – 2010)
  • Holland & Knight LLP, Associate (1983-1989)


  • A Student E-discovery Primer: An Essential Course for Civil Procedure Practitioners, Carolina Academic Press 2016 (with Jennifer Smith)
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida E-Discovery and Evidence (with the Hon. Ralph Artigliere)
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide Florida Contract Litigation, General Editor

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2016 Tampa Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (since 1986)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • The Florida Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2013-present: Litigation – Patent / Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); 2006-present: Commercial Litigation; 2005-present: Litigation – Intellectual Property Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in 2008-2016 Florida Super Lawyers® lists (Business Litigation, Intellectual Property)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2008-2011: Litigation)
  • Named Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine (2005-2009)
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law (2007-2015)
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation (2010 -2015)
  • American College of e-Neutrals (Fellow)
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator (1987 – present)
  • Neutral, World Intellectual Property Organization, Domain Name Dispute Neutral (2007 -present)

Representative Reported Cases

  • Davis v. Southern Bell Tel. & Tel. Co., 149 F.R.D. 666 (S.D. Fla. 1993)
  • Intermedia Comm., Inc. v. BellSouth Telecomm., Inc., 173 F. Supp. 2d 1282 (M.D. Fla. 2000)
  • Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Hialeah, Inc., 735 So. 2d 542 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1999)
  • Tax Cap Comm. v. Save Our Everglades, Inc., 933 F. Supp. 1077 (S.D. Fla. 1996)
  • Shell Oil Co. v. A.Z. Servs., 990 F. Supp. 1406 (S.D. Fla. 1997)
  • Downing v. UPS, 215 F. Supp. 2d 1303 (M.D. Fla. 2002)
  • Green v. Eastern Airlines, 138 F.R.D. 146 (M.D. Fla. 1991)
  • Kirwin v. Price Communs. Corp., 274 F. Supp. 2d 1242 (M.D. Ala. 2003)
  • Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Brunetti, 567 So. 2d 490 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1990)
  • Hialeah Park, Inc. v. Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., 528 So. 2d 1227 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1988)
  • Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Fla. Gaming Ctrs., 793 So. 2d 899 (Fla. 2001)
  • Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. v. Florida Gaming Ctrs., Inc., 731 So. 2d 21 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 1999)
  • Zaki Kulaibee Establishment v. McFliker, 771 F.3d 1301 (11th Cir. Fla. 2014)
  • DSL Internet Corp. v. TigerDirect, Inc., 907 So. 2d 1203 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 2005)
  • Rojas v. Dement, 1992 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22796 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 29, 1992)
  • Bechtel Constr. v. Secretary of Labor, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 26383 (11th Cir. 1996)
  • Barnett v. Paradise of Port Richey, 2002 Fla. App. LEXIS 12747 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. 2002)
  • Danches v. Danches, 1987 Fla. App. LEXIS 7185 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 1987)
  • Korman v. Iglesias, 1994 U.S. App. LEXIS 35537 (11th Cir. Fla. 1994)
  • Miami Firefighters’ & Police Officers’ Retirement Trust v. Invesco Mim, Inc., 789 F. Supp. 392 (S.D. Fla. 1992)
  • Phoenix Marine v. One Hylas 46′, 1988 U.S. App. LEXIS 5639 (11th Cir. Fla. 1988)
  • State Dep’t of Envtl. Protection v. Paradise of Port Richey, Inc., 2000 Fla. App. LEXIS 3509 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. 2000)


Electronic Discovery, Digital Investigations, and Evidence - LAW 6930
  • Explores how the current information explosion is transforming the civil litigation and investigations. The course will examine developing case law and address the practical problems and issues which arise in the preservation, collection, searching, processing, and production of electronic data. The course will focus on utilizing electronically stored information to constructive comprehensive and compelling cases. The course will provide an introduction to technologies, tools, and software currently utilized in this rapidly developing specialty area. Course topics will include the varieties and locations of electronically stored data (ESI); computer forensics, data recovery, and its application in the discovery and litigation process; data preservation obligations under the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which went into effect on 12-1-06; the duties and responsibilities of counsel under Rule 26(f); how to prepare for and handle the Rule 26(f) conference; the preservation of attorney-client privilege in voluminous productions; the use of quick-peek and non-waiver provisions; sampling techniques; the role of experts and vendors in the e-discovery process; obtaining electronic data from 3rd parties; safe harbor provisions under Rule 37(f); ethical and disclosure obligations under the new Federal Rules; special data production and preservation issues associated with criminal and governmental investigations; sanctions for spoliation of data and other e-discovery violations; and the authentication and admissibility of electronic data at trial; the admissibility and use of electronically stored information in motion practice, hearings, and trials.
Electronic Discovery Data Analysis and Review - LAW 6930
  • This course will explore “search” or information retrieval: the central issue in e-discovery and legal defensibility of the discovery process. The course will explore the varieties of search methodology applied to e-discovery including manual search, key word search, conceptual and cluster search, revolutionary predictive coding and machine learning, and the strengths and weakness of each approach and focus on developing an intermodal legally defensible approach.
Complex Civil Litigation Pre-Trial Practice - LAW 6930
  • This course will address the procedural and jurisdictional issues in complex federal and state court litigation. Special attention will be paid to the strategic decisions required by counsel when handling complex cases.
Florida Civil Procedure - LAW 6303
  • This course surveys procedural law governing the litigation of civil cases in Florida. It explores in greater depth Florida state law counterparts to federal issues such as the judicial branch's control over procedure, personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, and liberal pleading and discovery.