Al Hammaker

Charles A. ("Al") Hammaker, III

Qualified.    Al Hammaker has extensive trial and arbitration experience, having focused his law practice in those areas for over 22 years.  Al was a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, one of Texas' largest law firms, prior to joining The Ballard Law Firm in 2004 as Senior Counsel.  Mr. Hammaker is a 1986 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, and obtained his undergraduate degree in 1979 from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  Mr. Hammaker served as an officer in the United States Army from 1979 to 1983, during which time he achieved the rank of Captain and completed the rigorous and intense combat leadership course at the Army's Ranger School. 

Experienced.  Mr. Hammaker's high level of experience enables him to quickly identify issues and to determine and undertake the most advantageous, cost-effective course of action in any case.  Mr. Hammaker's focus is producing optimal results for the firm's clients.  He also has substantial experience in products liability, personal injury, and maritime cases.  Throughout his career, Mr. Hammaker has demonstrated an ability to obtain successful results in the matters he handles, as indicated by the following:

  • In Sipco Servs. Marine, Inc. v. Wyatt Field Serv. Co., 857 S.W.2d 602 (Tex. App. Houston [1st Dist. 1993], Mr. Hammaker successfully represented Wyatt Field Service Company in its effort to recover the difference in the amount of a bid that Sipco Services Marine, Inc. had submitted, then later withdrew, and the higher amount Wyatt had to pay to another contractor to complete a project.  He obtained a verdict for the full amount of damages plus attorney's fees, and successfully defended that award on appeal.
  • In Formosa Plastics Corp. v. Hunt, 1999 LEXIS 1166 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi, 1999), Mr. Hammaker was instrumental in obtaining a reversal of a jury award of $1,527,581.37.  The appellate court agreed that although Plaintiff had sustained injuries at his place of employment, a company affiliated with Formosa Plastics Corp., the injuries could not have been caused by Formosa Plastics Corp.
  • In Pepe Internat'l Dev. Co. v. The Pub Brewing Co., 915 S.W.2d 925 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st. Dist.] 1996, Mr. Hammaker was successful in reversing the lower court's order denying the motion of Pepe International to compel arbitration.  This interlocutory appeal and mandamus action resulted in an order compelling the parties to arbitrate their claims.   
  • Mr. Hammaker effectively defended an insurer, American International Group, in federal court in Galveston, Texas, against a $1,000,000 claim asserted by a Chinese national who asserted that he was the beneficiary of a policy his father had purchased in China in 1930.  Information obtained through a thorough background investigation caused Plaintiff to dismiss his own lawsuit within 10 months of its filing before even dealing with the merits of the case.
  • Mr. Hammaker helped obtain a jury verdict in federal court in Texarkana, Arkansas, in favor of a manufacturer of a book binding machine that the Plaintiff alleged caused a fire in a printing business that destroyed a multistory building in which the business was based.  Plaintiff sought over a million dollars in damages.  Based in large part on the testimony of a fire expert that Mr. Hammaker had prepared for the trial, the jury concluded that the fire was caused by another piece of equipment located on the same floor as the book binding machine and awarded Plaintiff $0 in damages.
  • Mr. Hammaker negotiated a very favorable settlement on behalf of a Taiwanese company in a case in which an employee of its subsidiary in Texas was accidentally killed.  Al spent weeks in Taiwan preparing employee witnesses of the Taiwanese company for depositions, and their testimony during the depositions helped attain a favorable settlement.

Highly Regarded.  Mr. Hammaker bar admissions include the State of Texas, the U.S. District Court District of Arizona, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, the U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, the U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit.  Mr. Hammaker has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1987, and is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation.  He was on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Japan-America Society of Houston for several years.  Mr. Hammaker has the highest rating of "AV" from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest standard of ethics. 

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