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Hampton Y. Dellinger

Washington, DC

t: 202.274.1152
f: 202.237.6131
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Areas of Practice



Class Actions

Crisis Management and Government Response

Privacy, Cybersecurity & Technology


Yale Law School, J.D., 1993; Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal

University of Michigan, B.A., with Honors, 1989; Winner, John A. Williams History Award


Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1993-94


District of Columbia and North Carolina

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals: Fourth Circuit

United States District Courts: Western, Middle and Eastern District of North Carolina

Hampton Dellinger appears in federal, state, and administrative courts handling major trial, appellate, and regulatory matters.  He also assists corporations, non-profits, and universities with internal investigations.  As North Carolina’s Deputy Attorney General, he worked with state Attorneys General from across the country.  As a private sector attorney in Raleigh and, before that, in Washington, D.C. with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale), his clients included Fortune 100 companies, civil rights and media organizations, and individuals.

Mr. Dellinger has been an adjunct faculty member at Duke Law School and published an article in the Harvard Law Review and the UNC Law Review.  He served as the lead legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC during the federal criminal trial of a former Vice Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator (U.S. v. John Edwards).  He is also a contributing writer for the

Mr. Dellinger’s recent matters include: 

  • Filing a sex discrimination and retaliation suit against FIFA on behalf of Abby Wambach, Marta and other leading women’s soccer players; 
  • Representing the qui tam plaintiff in a major state False Claims Act case (currently under seal); 
  • Assisting with briefing before the United States Supreme Court in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, a major securities fraud and class actions case; and 
  • Handling a corporate books and records suit in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of a minority shareholder and business owner.

Mr. Dellinger’s past legal work includes serving as:

  • Lead counsel for successful bidder on $2.6 billion healthcare-related government contract;
  • Lead counsel in False Claims Act case with over $700 million in potential damages;
  • Lead counsel for business technology company in protest proceedings for $265 million government contract;
  • Lead counsel in the overturning of $120 million government contract wrongfully awarded;
  • Counsel for plaintiff in $65 million insurance coverage dispute successfully settled;
  • Co-counsel for a major commercial publisher in successful defense of copyright infringement claim;
  • Lead counsel for an automobile manufacturer in successful defense of multi-million dollar indemnity action;
  • Counsel for defendant in class action alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages due to Sherman Act violations during tobacco auctions;
  • Co-counsel for a civil rights organization in a jury trial ranked as one of the “ten most noteworthy” in D.C. courts in an annual Legal Times survey;
  • Lead counsel for Fortune 100 company in a federal court bench trial in False Claims Act case;
  • Co-counsel for healthcare provider and healthcare facility in the reversal of a $500,000 medical negligence judgment on appeal;
  • Lead counsel for the State of North Carolina upholding first-degree murder conviction;
  • Co-counsel successfully defending North Carolina’s tax on illegal drugs against constitutional challenge;
  • Lead counsel for multiple personal injury plaintiffs in matters settled successfully;
  • Chief Legal Counsel for the North Carolina Governor’s Office (2001-03); and
  • Deputy Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice (1999-2001) and Special Counsel to the North Carolina Attorney General (1996-1999).

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Litigation, 2012


North Carolina Law Review, Modernizing the “New South”: The Legacy of Judge Phillips’s Late-Career, Late-Century Rulings in Shaw and VMI (Vol. 92, 2014)

Speaker, The Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court (Washington, D.C. “white collar” prosecution and defense bar, and judges), November 2012

National Law Journal, Toeing the Legal Lines (12/2/02)

Harvard Law Review, Words Are Enough: The Troublesome Use of Photographs, Maps, and Other Images in Supreme Court Opinions (Vol. 110, No. 8, 1997)

Reconstruction, Muhammad Ali: The Boxer as Dissident (Vol. 2. No. 3, 1994)

Related News

Legal Analysis: Why Abby Wambach And Co. Could Have Beaten FIFA In Court (In The News)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner Elects New Partners (December 16, 2014)

DeCock: On the surface, it's second-class treatment for women's soccer (In The News)

David Boies named litigator of the week for Halliburton argument (In The News)

Supreme Court upholds Basic v. Levinson (In The News)

Words are Enough: The Troublesome use of Photographs, Maps and Other Images in Supreme Court Opinions (June 1997)

Government Service

Chief Legal Counsel, North Carolina Governor’s Office, 2001-2003 Deputy Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice, 1999-2001 Special Counsel to the North Carolina Attorney General, 1996-1999