Jim Hamilton graduated from Trinity School in Manhattan and went to West Point for college. Following service in the U.A. Army, he earned his juris doctor at Harvard, spending the summer after his second year as a summer associate at Milbank Tweed. Upon graduation, he joined Milbank as an associate, and became skilled in forming New York corporations that would qualify for non-profit status under the U.S. tax laws. One of those corporations was Olana Preservation Inc. He left Milbank and law soon thereafter, and became Chief Counsel of Governor Rockefeller’s Special Cabinet Committee on Federal-State Relations, serving in similar capacities for The Council of State Governments and the Executive Office of the President. In 1970, founded one of the first independent wealth advisory firms A long-time partner of Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky (the daughter of Laurance Rockefeller), he has long supported environmental causes and New York parks.