C. Judson Hamlin
Of Counsel - New Brunswick
Honorable C. Judson Hamlin is of Counsel at Hoagland Longo, focusing his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution, where he serves as a mediator and arbitrator in civil matters.
Upon receiving his B.A. degree from Providence College in 1958, Mr. Hamlin entered military service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army serving on active duty until 1961. He entered New York University School of Law in January 1961 receiving his J.D. degree in May 1963. Upon Graduation, Mr. Hamlin commenced a clerkship with the Honorable David D. Furman of the Superior Court of New Jersey and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar and the United States District Court that same year. He was later admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1968.
Following his clerkship, Mr. Hamlin engaged in active civil trial practice in tort, contract and land use matters. He served as counsel for the East Brunswick Planning Board and became a partner in the firm of Hicks, Kuhlthau, Nagle and Hamlin of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In 1967 he 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 supervising attorneys, investigators and support staff. During that term, Mr. Hamlin personally tried over 40 criminal cases to conclusion including seven first degree homicide indictments.
Following his service with the Public Defender, Mr. Hamlin was appointed to First Assistant Prosecutor of Middlesex County in 1971. In that capacity, he led major investigations and personally tried high profile indictments and defendants. In 1974, Governor Brendan Byrne appointed Mr. Hamlin to be the Middlesex County Prosecutor in which position he served until 1978. During that tenure, Mr. Hamlin conducted major public corruption probes and supervised a staff of thirty-five Assistant Prosecutors, fifty Detective/Investigators plus support staff. His responsibilities included budget management, media relations and co-ordination with State and Federal law enforcement agencies.
Governor Byrne appointed Mr. Hamlin to the Superior Court bench in 1978. While on the bench he served in the Criminal, Civil and Chancery Divisions. He concluded his judicial service as Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of Middlesex County for two and one half years and as Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division for two years. Judge Hamlin is the author of several published opinions.
During his judicial tenure, Mr. Hamlin was assigned statewide responsibility for complex Mass Tort and class action matters. Those actions included tort, consumer fraud, environmental and large scale insurance coverage and allocation issues. While on the bench, Mr. Hamlin sat on several New Jersey Supreme Court Committees and was appointed by the late Chief Justice Robert Wilentz in 1993 to be the New Jersey representative on the Mass Tort Litigation Committee of the National Conference of State Chief Justices. Judge Hamlin was later appointed by Chief Justice Deborah Poritz to chair the Mass Tort Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Upon concluding his Judicial Service in 1998, Mr. Hamlin established an independent ADR practice and has engaged in a broad spectrum of private civil practice which included not only a traditional ADR practice but also service as Special Labor Counsel to Middlesex County where he negotiated collective bargaining agreements and supervised the County grievance and disciplinary system. In 1999, Judge Louis Bechtle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Hamlin to administer the National Diet Drug Class Action Settlement Trust. Upon formal approval of the settlement, Mr. Hamlin was appointed Executive Director of Claims Administration where he supervised the processing of claims interacting with counsel, the Courts and vendors needed to respond to the 400,000 claimant base. At the conclusion of his service in 2001, the Trust had paid out $500 million in awards and provided for 125,000 Transthoracic Echocardiograms nationwide.
After completing his diet drug assignment, Mr. Hamlin returned to the private practice where he continues to engage in an active ADR practice. In 2001, Mr. Hamlin was appointed by the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court, to act as the Representative of Future Claimants in the G-1, asbestos Chapter XI matter. In November 2009, the G-1 matter was successfully concluded with the establishment of a $775 million trust available for asbestos claimants. Mr. Hamlin continues to participate in the trust administration as the future claims representative.
Mr. Hamlin was appointed to be the Compliance Master by the Superior Court of New Jersey in 2002 for the Cooper Tire $2 Billion national class action settlement which resolved consumer claims and reconfigured manufacturing, inspection and warranty practices nationwide. The class remedy period concluded in 2007.
In 2002, the New Jersey Attorney General selected Mr. Hamlin to oversee the New Jersey Pension Fund’s efforts to recoup its multi-million dollar losses. In that capacity, he coordinated the securities litigation firms retained by the State and supervised multi jurisdiction litigation in which the State of New Jersey became lead party in the six national class action filings. At the conclusion of his assignment in 2006, the class actions in which New Jersey served as class representative and class counsel, were settled for sums in excess of $2.2 billion. Individual actions wherein New Jersey was sole plaintiff settled for an additional $55 million.
Mr. Hamlin is an active member of local and state bar associations and has lectured extensively on a broad range of civil and criminal topics for ICLE credits. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served multiple terms as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation as well as multiple terms on the Vicinage VIII Ethics Committee. Mr. Hamlin continues to serve as a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ). He has been the recipient of multiple awards from civic, professional and law enforcement bodies over the years.
- Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Trustee, Middlesex County Bar Association
- Trustee, Middlesex County Bar Foundation
- Trustee, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Trustee, New Jersey State Bar Foundation
- Trustee, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ)