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Jarrell B. Hammond

Partner

T: 317.453.8644 | Mobile: 317.258.2351
F: 317.630.2790
E: jhammond@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Brenda Clarkson

T: 317.237.0500
E: bclarkson@lewiswagner.com

Biography

Jerry concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, probate litigation, real estate, business law and general civil litigation. Jerry helps families plan for their future whether the need is for wealth preservation, business succession, or estate administration. He also represents individuals, executors and trustees when disputes arise in the settlement of estates and the administration of trusts.

When issues unfold related to property ownership, creditor rights, and beneficiaries' interests after a family member dies or becomes incapacitated, Jerry guides clients through estate and other probate-related disputes as efficiently and quickly as the process allows. 

Communication, responsiveness and results are the hallmarks of Jerry’s practice. He enjoys the relationships he has developed with his clients, some of whom are now second generation clients. 

Jerry has been recognized by his legal colleagues and opposing counsel with the Indianapolis Bar Association, Professionalism Committee's Nod to Professionalism Award and The Indiana Lawyer's Distinguished Barrister Award. He has repeatedly been listed in state and local polls of attorneys including Indiana Super Lawyer® and The Best Lawyers in America®. Jerry was named Best Lawyers' Indianapolis Litigation - Trust and Estates, Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and 2018. He is also Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent. 

Jerry is a frequent author and presenter on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation topics.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Litigation - Trusts and Estates; Mediation; and Trusts and Estates, 2010-2018
    • Best Lawyers’ 2018 Indianapolis Litigation - Trusts and Estates - Lawyer of the Year
    • Best Lawyers’ 2015 Indianapolis Litigation - Trusts and Estates - Lawyer of the Year
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2004-2017
    • Top 50, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2013-2014
  • Distinguished Barrister, The Indiana Lawyer, 2015
  • Nod to Professionalism by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, 2011

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property and Probate Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Probate & Property Section
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Estate Planning & Administration Section
      • Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, 2002
  • Indianapolis Law Club
 

Presentations and Publications

Jerry is the author of several articles and seminars on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation. 
 
  • Probate Litigation, Contested Guardianships, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, August 22, 2017.
  • Mediating Probate and Trust Disputes: This Isn't Your Ordinary Civil Mediation, Indiana Bar Association, August 8, 2017.
  • 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice, 5 Ways to Discourage Probate Litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Probate Litigation, Trust Disputes, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice, Elder Law Litigation Issues, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Estate Litigation, Will Contests, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important, Common Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate, National Business Institute
  • Navigating the Trust Process from State to Finish, Essential Knowledge for Working with Trusts, National Business Institute
  • Administering the Estate of John Q. Public, Handling Creditors’ Claim and Tax Issues, Half Moon, LLC
  • Probate Litigation, Testamentary Capacity & Remedies of a Beneficiary, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Drafting Your First Will or Trust in Indiana, Trust v. Will – Advantages and Disadvantages; Basic Will Drafting; Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute
  • Rules and Procedures of the Marion County Assessor
  • Elder Law Litigation Issues, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice, 5 Tips on Trust Litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Probate Litigation, Estate and Guardianship Accountings, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum

 

Pro Bono Activity

  • Indianapolis Bar Association’s Marion County Superior Court Pro Bono Project

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Child Advocates
    • Vice president, Board of Directors
 

In The News

    Media Mentions

  1. May 05, 2015

    Leadership in Law 2015: Jarrell B. Hammond
    The Indiana Lawyer

          Seminars and Speaking Engagements

        1. Aug 22, 2017

          Contested Guardianships

        2. Aug 08, 2017

          Mediating Probate and Trust Disputes: This Isn't Your Ordinary Civil Mediation

          Press Release

          1. Aug 15, 2017

            Lewis Wagner Attorneys Selected For Inclusion In The Best Lawyers In America® 2018

          2. Feb 15, 2017

            Twenty Lewis Wagner, LLP Attorneys Named on 2017 List of Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

          3. Aug 15, 2016

            Lewis Wagner attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

          4. Feb 12, 2016

            Lewis Wagner Attorneys Selected by Indiana Super Lawyers as Top Attorneys
            Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine

          5. Aug 17, 2015

            90% of Lewis Wagner, LLP’s Equity Partners Selected For Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2016; Four Named ‘Lawyer Of The Year’

          6. May 05, 2015

            Jarrell B. Hammond recognized by The Indiana Lawyer as a Distinguished Barrister

          7. Feb 13, 2015

            100% of Lewis Wagner's Equity Partners Named Indiana Super Lawyers

          8. Aug 18, 2014

            80% of Lewis Wagner’s Equity Partners Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2015; Three Named ‘Lawyer Of The Year’

          9. Feb 12, 2014

            70% of Firm Partners named Indiana Super Lawyers®

          10. Aug 15, 2013

            Robert Wagner, Tom Hays, John Trimble, Jerry Hammond, Rick Shoultz, Susan Cline, Dina Cox, Rich Blaiklock & Kyle Lansberry Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2014

          11. Jun 08, 2011

            Jarrell B. Hammond Receives the Nod to Professionalism Award by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s (IBA) Professionalism Committee

          Practice Areas

          Bar Admissions

          • State of Indiana, 1982

          Courts of Practice

          • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1982
          • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana , 2008

          Education

          • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1982
          • DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, B.A., 1978