Steven D. Hamilton Partner

Steve is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex commercial and products liability litigation, with an emphasis representing clients in the healthcare and financial services industries. As an experienced trial attorney, Steve has managed and directly handled all aspects of cases, including first and second chairing multiple trials and arbitration hearings, as well as appellate briefs and arguments.

In the area of healthcare litigation, Steve represents Medicare and Medicaid managed care organizations, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare education institutions in commercial and business disputes, including cases alleging breaches of contract, fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, and alleged violations of EMTALA and other federal and state statutes and regulations. In connection with his litigation experience, Steve has gained significant expertise in regulatory and compliance issues facing government-sponsored health plans, including Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and Part D.

In his financial litigation practice, Steve represents financial institutions, including banks, brokerage firms, and qualified custodians, in connection with commercial, business, and customer disputes, including class actions, involving alleged fraud, breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, violations of U.C.C. Articles 4 and 4A, and alleged violations of federal and state statutes and regulations.

Steve has also handled numerous products liability matters in Cook County, Illinois and surrounding counties, including significant matters involving explosions and fires that were allegedly caused by defective products.   

While earning his law degree from DePaul University College of Law, Steve received CALI Awards for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Securities Fraud, and Litigation Strategy and Civil Litigation. In addition, Steve was a judicial extern to the Honorable Wayne R. Andersen in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Represented two Fortune 500 managed care organizations in a putative class action brought by emergency room physician practices relating to reimbursement for emergency services. The lawsuit was dismissed by the trial court, which was upheld by the Illinois Appellate Court. The Illinois Supreme Court denied leave to appeal.

Represented a Fortune 500 managed care organization in lawsuit brought by a long term care pharmacy over reimbursements relating to co-payments under Medicare Part D. The parties reach a confidential settlement after the trial court entered an order preventing the long term care pharmacy from using key damages evidence without first producing thousands of boxes of supporting documentation.

Represented a Fortune 500 U.S.-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in international arbitration against Greek pharmaceutical manufacturer. Obtained confidential award in client’s favor.

Represented a Fortune 500 financial institution in a lawsuit alleging claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty relating to alleged improper wire transfers and automated clearing house payments. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit.

Represented a qualified custodian of self-directed individual retirement accounts in putative federal class action lawsuit relating to alleged fraudulent scheme. Effectively compelled arbitration in federal court and matter was subsequently dismissed pursuant to stipulation of the parties.

Represented a large closely-held discount retailer in a lawsuit brought by one of its contracted transportation companies for alleged fraud and breach of contract, seeking over $15 million in damages. Obtained complete defense jury verdict in client’s favor and judgment on client’s counterclaim.

  • DePaul University College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Member, DePaul Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Political Science, with Honors

Vice Chair, Healthcare Liability and Litigation Practice Group, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

  • Co-author, Managed Care Quarterly Review: Issue 1, McGuireWoods LLP, September 2017
  • Author, "Briefing-Medicare Exhaustion: Analysis of the Burgeoning Issue of Whether Providers Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies When Suing MAOs," Health Care Liability and Litigation Practice Group Email Alert, September 7, 2017
  • Author, Medicare Exhaustion and a Brewing Circuit Split?, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, August 23, 2017
  • Author, Dealing With the ‘AR Dump’: Don’t Accept the Spreadsheet, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, August 21, 2017
  • Co-author, The AHCA and Its Potential Effects on the Medicaid Program and Medicaid Managed Care, White Paper for American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Author, "Oregon Federal Court Holds State-Affiliated Entity Cannot Be Liable Under FCA ," Health Care Liability and Litigation Practice Group Email Alert, May 5, 2017
  • Author, Enterprise Risk and Liability for Medicare and Medicaid Plans, AHLA Health Care Liability & Litigation Newsletter, December 2016
  • Co-author, "Third Circuit Reverses Trial Court Decision on FTC Loss in Hospital Merger Case," Health Care Liability and Litigation Practice Group Email Alert, October 6, 2016
  • Co-author, A Focus on Government-Sponsored Managed Care: Emerging Areas of Enterprise Risk and Liability for Medicare and Medicaid Plans, June 29, 2016
  • Co-author, "Sixth Circuit Calls Into Question Federal Officer Removal for MAOs and Avoids the Issues of Exhaustion and Preemption," American Health Lawyers Association, June 3, 2016
  • Co-Author, "The False Claims Act and Managed Care," Health Care Liability & Litigation Newsletter, April 2014
  • Author, "An Overview of Medicaid Managed Care Contract Bid Disputes as the Medicaid Expansion Becomes a Reality," AHLA Member Briefing, January 2014
  • Co-author, "Beware When You Credential Providers," Healthcare Liability & Litigation Newsletter, May 2013
  • Co-author, "$500+ Million Jury Verdict Against Nevada Health Plans Potentially Expands Health Plan Liability for Provider Misconduct," Payors, Plans, and Managed Care Practice Group Member Alert, April 17, 2013
  • Co-author, "PPACA Raises Potential Liability for Managed Care Organizations," Healthcare Liability & Litigation Newsletter, May 2012
  • Author, Affordable Care Act Hangs in the Balance After Oral Arguments, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, April 3, 2012
  • Co-author, "The Douglas Trio," Healthcare Liability & Litigation Health Briefs, October 2011
  • Co-author, "Fidelity Settles Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Collusive Reimbursement Practices," Healthcare Liability & Litigation Health Briefs, October 2010
  • Co-author, "Former Tenet GC Escapes False Claims Liability on Procedural Grounds, Leaving Open Question of Personal Liability," Healthcare Liability & Litigation Health Briefs, May 5, 2010
  • Author, False Marking Claims for Products Stamped with Expired Patents, McGuireWoods Legal Insights, June 16, 2009
  • Co-author, "A Bad Law Obscures Real Data-Security Issues," Executive Counsel, May/June 2008
  • Co-author, "Beyond FACTA: Merchants Need to Proactively Address Data Security Issues,", April 2008
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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