Charles A. (“Al") Hammaker is a seasoned litigator with more than three decades of experience handling trials and arbitrations of commercial disputes. His experience includes matters concerning commercial litigation and arbitration, personal injury defense, products liability litigation, collection matters, toxic tort and environmental litigation, property disputes, maritime matters, and antitrust litigation.
Al focuses on producing optimal results for the firm's clients. Drawing on the breadth and depth of his experience, Al can quickly identify issues and pursue the most advantageous, cost-effective course of action in a case.
Al served as an officer in the United States Army from 1979 to 1983, completed the rigorous combat leadership course at the Army’s Ranger School, and achieved the rank of Captain. He was on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Japan-America Society of Houston for several years.
Al has the highest rating of "AV" from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest standard of ethics.
Awards & Accolades
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Throughout his career, Al has demonstrated an ability to obtain successful results in the matters he handles, as demonstrated by the following cases:
- In a business dispute between two partners, in which the defendant failed to deliver stock certificates and pay certain debts, after a three-week trial, Al obtained a favorable judgment exceeding $1.5 million, including $251,014 in attorney’s fees, and successfully defended an appeal of the verdict.
- Obtained a reversal of a jury award of $1,527,581 against a manufacturing company. The appeals court rendered a decision in favor of the company, holding that although the company had contracted with plaintiff’s employer to assist in the construction of the plant where the plaintiff worked and was injured, there was no evidence that the company had created the condition that caused the injury.
- Successfully reversed a lower court's order denying a motion of a company to compel arbitration. This interlocutory appeal and mandamus action resulted in an order compelling plaintiff to arbitrate its claims.
- Obtained a verdict in favor of a construction company recovering the difference in the amount of a bid a contractor had submitted, then later withdrew, and the higher amount the construction company 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 the verdict on appeal.
News & Insights
- Firm News, 08.03.2020
Associations & Organizations
- Texas Bar Foundation
Areas of Practice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Business & Commercial Litigation
- Financial Institutions
- Financial Institutions Enforcement Defense
- Financial Institutions Internal Investigations
- Financial Institutions Litigation and Arbitration
- FINRA Employment Arbitrations
- Labor & Employment Law
- Retail Client Relationships
- Senior & Vulnerable Investor Group
- J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1986
- B.A., College of William & Mary, 1979
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court of Arizona
- U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit