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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: 972-919-0762
Fax: 972-436-9000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation (40%), Business Litigation (30%), Estate Planning & Probate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Virginia Hammerle is the founder and managing attorney of Hammerle Finley Law Firm in Lewisville, Texas. A top-ranked trial lawyer and board-certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ms. Hammerle provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Dallas metro and surrounding areas 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 hundreds of highly complex civil matters for her clients, including more than 100 civil trials. 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 served the needs of both plaintiff and defendant clients alike, and she has gained a reputation for her impassioned advocacy at all turns.

Honored for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Ms. Hammerle has earned top peer review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as consistent recognition from her peers as being among the top lawyers in her region. She has also received superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo, along with countless testimonials and referrals from those she has served.

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, the National Care Planning Council and WealthCounsel, among her other professional affiliations. She is also the founder and former president of the Alliance Bar Association. She has also served on the board of the Denton Kiwanis Club, and she has received the Hixson Opportunity Award for her contributions to the organization.

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

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Virginia Hammerle

First Admitted: 1982, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://hammerle.com/lawyers/virginia-hammerle/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author, LegalTalk
  • Author, Inside The Minds

Honors/Awards

  • Recipient, Hixson Award
  • Top-Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012 - 2021
  • Ranked “10”, Avvo

Pro bono/Community Service

  • SWAT Team, Member
  • 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, Member. WealthCounsel, Member
  • 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

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

Verdicts/Settlements

  • 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
  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, Alliance Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • 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

Educational Background

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

Representative Clients

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

Industry Groups

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

Comments

  • “ 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: 972-919-0762

Fax: 972-436-9000

Last Updated: 8/20/2021

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