FOUNDING PARTNER: RAYMOND L. HAMLIN, ESQ
Raymond L. Hamlin was born and raised in Long Branch, NJ. He was recruited and later played basketball for East Stroudsburg University, PA. He entered Rutgers Law School in 1987 and graduated in 1990. While attending Rutgers Law School, Mr. Hamlin became an associate at the law firm of Ashley & Charles, Newark, New Jersey. He also became assistant counsel for the Orange Board of Education from 1991 to June 1995.
He is a founding partner at the Law Firm of Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley. His main areas of practice include education, criminal, civil rights, labor and other areas of litigation. He is an outstanding lawyer and his ability to work in a variety of fields has enabled him to develop an extensive client base for the firm.
The highlights of his legal career include representation of individuals in a number of high profile cases. Mr. Hamlin represented former New York D.J., Wendy Williams (host of the Wendy Williams Show on Fox TV), in her Federal Law Suit against HOT 97 radio station. During the course of that case he appeared on UPN 9 News, The New York Daily News and New Yorker Magazine. He also represented Terrance Everett, a young man who was wrongfully accused of killing Orange Police Officer Joyce Carnegie. Mr. Hamlin along with his partners were able to gain Mr. Everett’s freedom from incarceration and his complete exoneration after he had been formally charged with her murder and had bail set at $1,000,000.00. Thereafter Mr. Hamlin and his partners filed a civil rights case against the New Jersey State Police and others, which was settled for $800,000.00. During the cases he appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, UPN 9, WB 11, Regional News Network, News Radio 88, New Jersey 101.5, and numerous newspaper articles in the Star Ledger, Daily News and the New York Times. In another lawsuit that Mr. Hamlin handled, he represented Janet Evans, in her lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He and partner Terry Ridley, successfully prosecuted the case in Federal Court and a jury awarded Ms. Evans $1.48 million dollars. Mr. Hamlin also represented Marlene Peterson-Smith in her lawsuit against New Jersey Transit along with Mr. Ridley. In that case, a jury awarded her $500,000.00. More recently, Mr. Hamlin’s representation of clients in civil rights cases include, representation of a young man who was terminated by a Newark Burger King after one (1) day of working at a summer job. The case was settled for $55,000.00.
In addition, he represented a Plainfield teenager who was shot by Roselle Police who were investigating an incident. That case was settled for $600,000.00. Mr. Hamlin also represented former New Jersey Secretary of State, Regena Thomas during an alleged ethics investigation. Ms. Thomas was exonerated of any wrong-doing in the matter. Mr. Hamlin also represented a multi-plaintiff civil rights case which was settled for approximately $600,000.00, for allegations of discrimination against a large public employer. Mr. Hamlin has also represented numerous individuals in criminal cases, resulting in dismissals and not guilty verdicts.
In the past Mr. Hamlin appeared on the McCreary Report, Fox Television and UPN as a defense expert during the O.J. Simpson Trial and the Amadu Dialo case. He has also appeared as an occasional legal analyst on Power 99 Radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hamlin has been featured in Fortune Magazine as one of “America’s Premier Lawyers”, (3/3/08). The interview was broadcast over Continental and American Airlines flights across the country. Mr. Hamlin was also featured in Business Week Magazine (5/14/08). Mr. Hamlin was invited to and participated in the Oxford Roundtable, in Oxford England on the issue on Human Rights., in July of 2005.
He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee.
Mr. Hamlin was the 1999 recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from East Stroudsburg University, based upon his achievements in the field of law. He was also recently inducted into Long Branch High School Hall of Fame as a result of his accomplishments as a star point guard during his high school career. Mr. Hamlin has been honored with countless awards from community organizations as a result of his achievements in the area of law.
Mr. Hamlin enjoys spending time with Zoraya, his wife of 27 years, and their children, Raymond and Asia, playing golf, traveling, cycling, and creating music in his own home studio.