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Jarrell B. Hammond

Senior Counsel

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 and third 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®, 2010-2022
    • Best Lawyers' 2018 and 2015 Litigation - Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Indianapolis
    • Best Lawyers' Inaugural Business Litigation Issue - Trusts and Estates, Summer 2019
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2004-2021
    • Top 50, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2013-2014, 2018-2020
  • Distinguished Barrister, The Indiana Lawyer, 2015
  • Nod to Professionalism by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, 2011

Professional Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Probate & Property Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Estate Planning & Administration Section
      • Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation
    • Dishtinguished Fellow, 2002

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

            Press Release

            1. Jun 01, 2021

              New Location. Same Dedication.

            2. Mar 03, 2021

              22 Lewis Wagner Attorneys Named to the 2021 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

            3. Aug 20, 2020

              2021 The Best Lawyers in America®

            4. Aug 15, 2019

              Lewis Wagner Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers 2020

            5. Feb 07, 2019

              Lewis Wagner Announces 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

            6. Aug 15, 2018

              10 Lawyers from Lewis Wagner were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

            7. Feb 20, 2018

              Lewis Wagner Announces 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars

            8. Aug 15, 2017

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

            9. Feb 15, 2017

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

            10. Aug 15, 2016

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

            11. Feb 12, 2016

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

            12. 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’

            13. May 05, 2015

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

            14. Feb 13, 2015

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

            15. 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’

            16. Feb 12, 2014

              70% of Firm Partners named Indiana Super Lawyers®

            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