Partner Eli Veil Hammond has experience in all aspects of family law, as well as in administrative law. He has directed litigation in numerous high asset and complex family law matters: including proceedings involving major motion picture/television stars, major recording artists, superstar athletes, and high-profile business entrepreneurs.
Why Attorney Hammond chose family law:
Mr. Hammond learned family law by successfully fighting for custody of his own son during law school. Through this experience, he learned the importance of family law issues first hand. He developed a passion for family law and profound empathy for the challenges that family law litigants experience. “No one needs to explain to me how important it is to protect your time with your child.”
Mr. Hammond directs family-related legal matters such as divorce, child custody, domestic violence, support, community property division, enforcement, contempt, domestic partnerships, and long cause trials. Each case lies at the center of the client’s life. Mr. Hammond understands how important are the issues at hand. He treats every client and every case in a unique and personal manner, with a full understanding of the stakes.
I take great pride in the fact that our law firm represents people from all walks of life and diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. We are thrilled that our clientele reflects the immense diversity in California. Furthermore, I continually inform clients that our law firm represents clients ranging from people in dire economic circumstances to multi-billionaires and everyone in between. Although I cannot handle every matter at our firm personally, rest assured that each and every client is extremely important to our firm and profoundly important to me personally.
Why family law cases require an aggressive, proactive approach:
Mr. Hammond maintains that a proactive and offensive approach is critical when dealing with any type of family law matter. In order to protect his clients' rights, it is important to lead the litigation – to be active and not passive. This not only postures his clients well for litigation but also creates a strong foundation for settlement negotiations.
Attorney Hammond's view on true litigation:
Mr. Hammond emphasizes one word: "advocacy." He puts his clients first, at all times. He focuses on what he is able to accomplish for his clients. He believes in the litigation process and knows how to use it to help his clients. Using his vast knowledge of family law and his past experience in general civil litigation together, Mr. Hammond accomplishes his clients' goals.
Attorney Hammond's impressive background:
Mr. Hammond has focused on family law throughout his long career as an attorney. In addition to family law, he has also worked in general civil litigation as well as in administrative security clearance matters. His variety of experiences, together with his primary focus on family law make him the strong advocate he is today. He is comfortable in any legal setting.
Mr. Hammond has native fluency in Spanish and is conversational in Portuguese. Mr. Hammond is a native Californian and a life-long surfer and waterman. He is also both an accomplished songwriter and tennis player.