Judge C. Judson Hamlin
Retired from the bench since 1998, Judge C. Judson Hamlin is now of counsel to personal injury law firm, Keefe Law Firm. During his impressive career, he gained experience in a wide range of legal fields, including personal injury, financial and criminal law. In addition to his of counsel duties, he uses alternative dispute resolution to facilitate negotiations primarily in product defect and personal injury cases, such as those involving defective medical devices.
Education and Experience
Judge Hamlin received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University in June 1963. He then clerked for the Honorable David D. Furman of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
After his clerkship, Judge Hamlin began an active civil trial practice in tort, contract and land use matters. During that time, he was counsel to the East Brunswick Planning Board for four years. As a partner in the New Brunswick law firm of Hicks, Kuhlthau, Nagle and Hamlin (1967-1971), Judge Hamlin appeared in banking matters before the New Jersey Department of Banking and the United States Controller of Currency.
In 1967, Judge Hamlin was appointed to lead the first public defender program in Middlesex County. He served as Deputy Public Defender in charge of that office from 1967 to 1971. He was then appointed First Assistant Prosecutor of the Middlesex County in 1971. In that position, he led major investigations and personally tried many high-profile cases. In 1974, Governor Brendan Byrne appointed Judge Hamlin as Middlesex County Prosecutor, a position he held until 1978. During his term in office, he conducted major public corruption probes and supervised a large staff of attorneys and investigators.
Appointed to the bench in 1978, Judge Hamlin served in the Superior Court of Middlesex County until his 1998 retirement. He sat in the Criminal and Civil Divisions and was Presiding Judge of both the Civil Division and the Chancery Division. In addition, he served as the statewide Mass Tort Judge.
After retiring from the bench, Judge Hamlin was appointed Executive Director of Claims Administrator for the National Phen-Fen Class Action trust by the United State District Court where he was responsible for evaluating over 400,000 claims. He later managed multiple class action litigation on behalf of the State of New Jersey that eventually settled for an amount in excess of two billion dollars. He has since developed his active and highly regarded ADR (alternative dispute resolution) practice.