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Rick  
Hammond

Partner

rhammond@heplerbroom.com

312-205-7743

Chicago, IL

 

Area of Practice

  • Insurance Law

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1988
  • The American College, Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), 1980
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1975

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the
    • Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
    • Southern District of Michigan
    • Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • District of Colorado

Practice Description


Rick Hammond focuses his practice in the area of insurance law. He serves as national counsel on matters relating to:

  • property insurance coverage
  • fire and explosion cases
  • bad faith

He is counsel to corporate executives, municipalities, and elected officials on high profile business litigation cases. He also serves as an expert witness on insurance law, bad faith, and coverage issues and is an Adjunct Professor on Insurance Law at the Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.

Previously Mr. Hammond was the Assistant Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance’s Chicago office and held managerial positions in property claims and agency for two national insurance carriers. He also served as Executive Director and General Counsel for the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (a national insurance trade association).

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Defense Research Institute
    • Former Illinois State Representative
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    • Chair, Property Insurance Law Committee
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Past President
  • Insurance School of Chicago
    • Board of Directors (former member)
    • Faculty (former member)
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units
    • Columnist, SIU Today magazine

 Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation (2009-2010)
  • “Insurance Lawyer of the Year,” Lexis Nexis Insurance Law Center (nationally, one of only two attorneys selected) (2008)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2013-2018)
  • Top Illinois Super Lawyer – Insurance Coverage (2008)

 Other Professional Activities


  • Loyola University Chicago
    • Board of Trustess
    • Arrupe College Board

Published Legal Writing


Mr. Hammond has published nationwide for numerous legal, professional, corporate, and trade groups in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith, and the defense of tort and municipal lawsuits.

  • SIU Today (quarterly magazine of International Association of Special Investigation Units)

 For a complete list of SIU Today columnsclick here

Legal Lectures & Presentations


Mr. Hammond has lectured and published nationwide for numerous legal, professional, corporate and trade groups in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith and the defense of tort and municipal lawsuits.