Bruce A. Hamilton

Partner

Raleigh Office

TEL (919) 873-0166

FAX (919) 873-1814

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, Bruce spent time in New Orleans, Charlottesville and Boston before settling down in Raleigh to establish his workers’ compensation practice. Bruce is a trusted advisor and steadfast advocate for his clients. He represents insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers across industries. Over the past 30 years, he has developed a unique niche in the field that capitalizes on his collaborative nature and appellate experience.

His interest in politics and the thrill of thinking on his feet brought Bruce to the law, where he has been involved with legislative work behind the scenes for years and proudly supported his wife who served as a state representative for 13 years. Bruce was a member of the legislative negotiations team for the 2011 Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill (House Bill 709) and 2012 Amendments (House Bill 237), served on the North Carolina Industrial Commission Chairman’s Informal Advisory Council and is currently the legal advisor for the North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers. The cases he has defended at the appellate level have affected workers’ compensation law in North Carolina for over 25 years.

Bruce successfully defended Morgan v. Morgan Motor Co. of Albemarle at the North Carolina Supreme Court, with the Court ultimately finding that the plaintiff’s fall off of the roof of a building owned by the defendant auto dealership did not arise out of or in the course of the plaintiff’s employment with the auto dealership. Most recently, Bruce co-authored an amicus brief at the appellate level and played a critical role in the legislative response to Wilkes v. City of Greenville. Wilkes held that when a claim was accepted as compensable pursuant to a Form 60 or section 1 of a Form 63 that a rebuttable presumption was created that any additional medical treatment was related to the compensable condition. The rebuttable presumption was not limited to the specific body part or medical condition accepted in the Form 60 or 63. The overall impact of the legislature’s change is to limit the scope of any medical presumption to the specific body part.

Bruce is regularly called upon to speak about recent developments in workers’ compensation law at the NCIC Annual Education Conference, the NC Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Seminar, the NC Association of Self-Insurers Conference and the NC PRIMA Conference. In 2018, Bruce was selected as one of the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law, an honor bestowed upon the most influential individuals in our state’s legal community. He has been selected by his peers to be included in the North Carolina Edition of Super Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America© in Raleigh for Workers’ Compensation-Employers. Bruce received the unique honor of being named by Best Lawyers as the Raleigh Workers’ Compensation-Employers “Lawyer of the Year” for three years and also maintains the highest peer review rating (AV Preeminent) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell©.

A die hard Cavaliers fan (National Champs!), Bruce received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School Of Law, where he also met his wife, Jen. Together they have two children and Bruce enjoyed coaching their club soccer teams for 13 years. Now that his children are grown, one studying law and the other studying psychology, Bruce enjoys playing golf and is always on the hunt for a unique course. From the NC mountains to the beach, he loves traveling the state with his family and is proud to say that work has taken him to all 100 counties!

Support Team

Donna Leek, Legal Assistant

Rick Houchens, Paralegal

Education

B.S., 1983, Tulane University

J.D., 1986, University of Virginia School of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • College of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, Fellow
  • NC Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section Council, 2001-2004
  • Negotiations Team for the 2011 Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill (House Bill 709) and 2012 Amendment (House Bill 237)
  • NC Association of Self-Insurers, Board of Directors
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • NC Industrial Commission Chairman’s Informal Advisory Council, Member
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2001-2020
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Raleigh Workers’ Compensation – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”, 2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Raleigh Workers’ Compensation – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”, 2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Raleigh Workers’ Compensation – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”, 2013
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2016, 2018
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell©
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law Honoree, 2018
  • NC Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Seminars, lecturer, 1997-2014
  • North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • Wake Forest University, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • North Carolina Institute of Government, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • Lorman Institute, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • “Professionalism for Workers’ Compensation Attorneys,” Seminar Faculty and Speaker
  • NC Industrial Commission’s Annual Education Conferences, Lecturer, 2001-2014
PROFILE

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, Bruce spent time in New Orleans, Charlottesville and Boston before settling down in Raleigh to establish his workers’ compensation practice. Bruce is a trusted advisor and steadfast advocate for his clients. He represents insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers across industries. Over the past 30 years, he has developed a unique niche in the field that capitalizes on his collaborative nature and appellate experience.

His interest in politics and the thrill of thinking on his feet brought Bruce to the law, where he has been involved with legislative work behind the scenes for years and proudly supported his wife who served as a state representative for 13 years. Bruce was a member of the legislative negotiations team for the 2011 Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill (House Bill 709) and 2012 Amendments (House Bill 237), served on the North Carolina Industrial Commission Chairman’s Informal Advisory Council and is currently the legal advisor for the North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers. The cases he has defended at the appellate level have affected workers’ compensation law in North Carolina for over 25 years.

Bruce successfully defended Morgan v. Morgan Motor Co. of Albemarle at the North Carolina Supreme Court, with the Court ultimately finding that the plaintiff’s fall off of the roof of a building owned by the defendant auto dealership did not arise out of or in the course of the plaintiff’s employment with the auto dealership. Most recently, Bruce co-authored an amicus brief at the appellate level and played a critical role in the legislative response to Wilkes v. City of Greenville. Wilkes held that when a claim was accepted as compensable pursuant to a Form 60 or section 1 of a Form 63 that a rebuttable presumption was created that any additional medical treatment was related to the compensable condition. The rebuttable presumption was not limited to the specific body part or medical condition accepted in the Form 60 or 63. The overall impact of the legislature’s change is to limit the scope of any medical presumption to the specific body part.

Bruce is regularly called upon to speak about recent developments in workers’ compensation law at the NCIC Annual Education Conference, the NC Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Seminar, the NC Association of Self-Insurers Conference and the NC PRIMA Conference. In 2018, Bruce was selected as one of the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law, an honor bestowed upon the most influential individuals in our state’s legal community. He has been selected by his peers to be included in the North Carolina Edition of Super Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America© in Raleigh for Workers’ Compensation-Employers. Bruce received the unique honor of being named by Best Lawyers as the Raleigh Workers’ Compensation-Employers “Lawyer of the Year” for three years and also maintains the highest peer review rating (AV Preeminent) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell©.

A die hard Cavaliers fan (National Champs!), Bruce received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School Of Law, where he also met his wife, Jen. Together they have two children and Bruce enjoyed coaching their club soccer teams for 13 years. Now that his children are grown, one studying law and the other studying psychology, Bruce enjoys playing golf and is always on the hunt for a unique course. From the NC mountains to the beach, he loves traveling the state with his family and is proud to say that work has taken him to all 100 counties!

Support Team

Donna Leek, Legal Assistant

Rick Houchens, Paralegal

Education

B.S., 1983, Tulane University

J.D., 1986, University of Virginia School of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • College of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, Fellow
  • NC Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section Council, 2001-2004
  • Negotiations Team for the 2011 Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill (House Bill 709) and 2012 Amendment (House Bill 237)
  • NC Association of Self-Insurers, Board of Directors
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • NC Industrial Commission Chairman’s Informal Advisory Council, Member
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2001-2020
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Raleigh Workers’ Compensation – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”, 2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Raleigh Workers’ Compensation – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”, 2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Raleigh Workers’ Compensation – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”, 2013
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2016, 2018
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell©
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law Honoree, 2018
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • NC Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Seminars, lecturer, 1997-2014
  • North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • Wake Forest University, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • North Carolina Institute of Government, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • Lorman Institute, CLE Faculty and Speaker
  • “Professionalism for Workers’ Compensation Attorneys,” Seminar Faculty and Speaker
  • NC Industrial Commission’s Annual Education Conferences, Lecturer, 2001-2014