Virginia Hammerle

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Lewisville, Texas

Hammerle Finley Law Firm
Virginia Hammerle
Hammerle Finley Law Firm

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1982

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023
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Hammerle Finley Law Firm

2871 Lake Vista Drive
Suite 100
Lewisville, TX 75067 Visit website


Virginia Hammerle is the founder and managing attorney of Hammerle Finley Law Firm.  She is Board-Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and an Accredited Estate Planner.  Ms. Hammerle provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Probate and estate administration
  • Estate planning, wills and trusts
  • Guardianships
  • Business litigation

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Hammerle has successfully handled highly complex civil, guardianship, estate and trust matters for her clients.  During that time, she has achieved remarkable success protecting her clients' rights and interests and helping them achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek efficiently and cost-effectively. She has  gained a reputation for her impassioned advocacy at all turns.

 A 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri, Ms. Hammerle obtained her Juris Doctor from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1982. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Hammerle is a Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation,  and she is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Texas Bankers Association,  and Wealth Counsel, among her other professional affiliations.  She has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of a local hospital, and been honored with the Kiwanis Hixson Award for her contributions to the organization.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate, General Litigation

Focus areas

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

First Admitted: 1982, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, LegalTalk
  • Recipient, Hixson Award
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer for the 12th consecutive year, Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2023
  • Ranked “10”, Avvo
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995; re-certified in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015
  • Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, 2012
  • Ad Litem Certification
Educational Background:
  • University of Missouri - Columbia, B.S. in Finance, 1979
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2020
  • Accredited Estate Planner, 2003
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, 1982
  • Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1990
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2011
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2023
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1988
  • Member, Texas Association of Bank Counsel, 2023
  • Member, Denton County Bar Association, Denton County Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, 2023
  • Member and Former Director of the  Denton County Bar Association, 2023
  • Settled a contentious probate matter with a Family Settlement Agreement, 2021
  • Drafted numerous trusts and estate planning documents, 2023
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Served as Guardian Ad Litem for the proposed Ward in a highly contentious guardianship case., 2021
  • Served as third-party Dependent Administrator in several cases., 2022
  • Served as mediator in several probate and business law cases., 2023
  • Served as Ad Litem for a Ward in 2 appeals before the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and 1 appeal before the Texas Supreme Court.  , 2022
  • 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 securitization of subprime mortgage loans, 2008
  • Counsel, 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
  • Co-Counsel in 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
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Weekly columnist of LegalTalk Texas for the Dallas Morning News for the past 8 years  regarding topics affecting seniors and their families.   , 2023
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2023
  • Founder, Highland Village Parks Foundation
  • Community Representative to Children's Medical Center Palliative Care Committee
  • The National Care Planning Council, Member. WealthCounsel, Member
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Trinity Medical Center
  • Director of Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
  • Director and President of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club
  • Past President, Highland Village Parks Foundation
  • Director of Denton County Children's Advocacy Center
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Brookhaven Nursing Home
Representative Clients:
  • American National Bank & Trust, 2019
  • First State Bank, 2019
  • Compass Bank, 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Trust Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianship
  • Trusts
  • Will Contests
  • Wills

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

“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.”

Office location for Virginia Hammerle

2871 Lake Vista Drive
Suite 100
Lewisville, TX 75067

Phone: 972-436-9300


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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