Virginia Hammerle

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Lewisville, TX

Hammerle Finley Law Firm
 | 2871 Lake Vista Drive, Suite 100
Lewisville, TX 75067
Phone: 972-584-1090
Fax: 972-436-9000
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Virginia Hammerle practices in the areas of complex litigation,  guardianship, probate and estate planning.  She has a state-wide practice.  She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News and is regularly featured in their Timeless in Texas online publication.

    Ms. Hammerle is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an accredited estate planner.  She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and has served on numerous non-profit and professional boards.  

    Ms. Hammerle earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

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    About Virginia Hammerle

    Admitted: 1982, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recipient, Hixson Award
    • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012 - 2021, Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters
    • Ranked “10” by AVVO

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995
    • Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, 2012
    • Ad Litem Certification

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President, Alliance Bar Association
    • Member, Denton County Bar Association, Denton County Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
    • Member, Denton County Bar Association
    • Member, Texas Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, Texas Association of Bank Counsel
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1983
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990
    • Founded Alliance Bar Association, a Texas local bar association composed of attorneys, judges, police chiefs, mayors and community leaders, 1996
    • Texas, 1982
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2011
    • Past Director, Denton County Bar Association
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1988

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member, Denton Kiwanis Club
    • Founder, Highland Village Parks Foundation
    • Incorporated or helped establish Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Lewisville Football Association, Highland Village Parks Foundation, Denton County Children's Advocacy Center and numerous other local non-profit organizations.
    • Community Representative to Children's Medical Center Palliative Care Committee
    • Volunteer Moot Court Judge, LD Debate Judge, high school lecturer.
    • The National Care Planning Council, WealthCounsel
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Trinity Medical Center
    • Director of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
    • Director and President-Elect of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club
    • Past President, Highland Village Parks Foundation
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Director of Denton County Children's Advocacy Center
    • Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Brookhaven Nursing Home
    • Past President, Denton Kiwanis Club

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, LegalTalk
    • Author, Inside The Minds


    • Obtained settlement on behalf of 700 members in a class-action lawsuit against 4 builders and 3 title companies, 1987
    • Obtained jury verdict and final judgment in theft of trade secrets case, representing employer.  Damages of $600,000 and permanent injunction, 2012
    • Successfully opposed motion for summary judgment on behalf of mortgage loan originator in breach of contract action alleging damages in excess of $44 million and involving secondary market securitizations of subprime mortgage loans, 2008
    • Reached successful resolution on behalf of Resolution Trust Corporation in multi-million dollar bank director fraud case, 1994
    • Co-counseled guardianship case and obtained reversal of multi-million dollar judgment, 2007
    • An $87 Million Dispute Involving A Mortgage Purchase And Servicing Agreement a Work-Out Of A $11 Million Loan In A Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case

    Representative Clients:

    • American National Bank & Trust, 2019
    • First State Bank, 2019
    • Compass Bank, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • University of Missouri - Columbia, B.S. in Finance, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • Business Litigation
    • Civil Litigation
    • Estate Planning
    • Guardianship
    • Guardianship
    • Non-Compete Agreements
    • Trade Secrets
    • Trust Litigation
    • Trusts
    • Will Contests
    • Wills


    • “Virginia is truly one of the most intelligent and competent attorneys I've ever met. She works diligently, stays on top of changing laws, and is an inspiration in the field for women. Neither her integrity nor her skills are matched.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Virginia Hammerle

    2871 Lake Vista Drive
    Suite 100
    Lewisville, TX 75067

    Phone: 972-584-1090

    Fax: 972-436-9000

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    Last Updated: 3/25/2021

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