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Kenneth J. Hamner

Business Attorney at Windermere, FL

4.8   16 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kenneth

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WITH EXPERIENCE AS AN ATTORNEY, CFO AND ENTREPRENEUR, I HELP CLIENTS DEVELOP AND EXECUTE STRATEGY.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

Location

The Entrepreneur Law Center, P.L.
9100 Conroy Windermere Road
Suite 200
Windermere, FL, 34786

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Dennis | June 21, 2014
Client review and recomendation for Ken Hamner
I have had the privelage of working with Ken on various projects as well as being a client. I have found Ken to be one of if not the best attorney I have worked with in the 35+ years of my business carreer. He is attentive, forthright and is always well prepared. His expertise is second to none. I have and continue to recomend Ken to my business associates, family and friends.
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Posted by Tim | June 23, 2014
You get the most bang for your buck!
There are so many challenges an entrepreneur faces when trying to build a business. Ken has been instrumental in developing and keeping my businesses on track from the inception. Because of his range of skill sets with both financial and legal expertise, I am able to use him for most anything that comes up. Ken’s ability to think outside the box, his vast knowledge and experience have proven invaluable. His network of other highly specialized professionals he has amassed over the years has also proven to be a tremendous asset. I highly recommend Ken if you are serious about building and protecting your business.
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Posted by Terris | September 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mastery in Legal Guidance and Expertise
I am beyond grateful for Kenneth Hamner's exceptional legal guidance and have the utmost confidence working with him on a diverse range of legal matters. He takes the time to truly understand a situation, deconstructs facts utilizing his extensive knowledge base, and creates a strategy which yields results. Ken has mastered both the science and art of the legal profession - understanding the temperature of legal variables and how to navigate difficult decisions with ease. My first experience working with him resulted in an outstanding final outcome, exceeding my expectations and bringing happiness to an otherwise intimidating process. I also praise his position as a Professor, contributing to students' personal and professional growth. I would highly recommend Kenneth Hamner's service to friends, family, and anyone who seeks legal support. Thank you sincerely, Ken!
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Posted by Adriana Florez | May 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I wish there was a "Above & Beyond Excellent Star" to rate him!
Highly recommended! " Trustworthy, knowledgeable, professional, understanding, results driven and kind. I am very grateful with Ken Hamner, he is personable and you can tell he really cares about you, he works very diligently to get results. I really appreciate the fact that he treats you as a person and not like a "case" to handle. He goes the extra mile in order to help and he handles everything with utmost care and professionalism. I am proud to be his client and his former student, his mentorship has been and continue to be of the must value for myself and my business".
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Posted by Eduardo | May 14, 2020
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COVID-19 Emergency Highly Recommended Attorney and Professor
Kenneth Hamner has been my professor in three classes, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Business Plan Development, during my pursuit of two masters’ degrees at the University of South Florida. He is a prominent business professor in practice and experienced attorney. He is definitely not the average attorney or professor. As a professor, Kenneth is exceptionally knowledgeable. He has immeasurable experience not only as an attorney but as a business professional and owner. He not only holds a Juris Doctor, but also an MBA, a Master of Accounting in Forensic Accounting, and a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies. Kenneth also has certificates in Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Venture Finance, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, and Chinese Law from prominent global universities such as MIT, Oxford, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin and the China University of Political Science and Law. Complementary to his education, he also has professional licenses in exit planning, mergers & acquisitions, forensic accounting and fraud examination, and real estate brokerage. Kenneth’s previous experience, in combination with his multiple degrees, makes him a well-versed business professor as well. I can confirm first-hand Kenneth’s competence as an attorney as I recently engaged his services to represent me against my abusive landlord during the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced me to leave my apartment to take care of my family. As I attempted to get released from the lease, my landlord was trying to enforce abusive tactics upon me to let me go. To be released without penalty, the landlord wanted me to get a substitute tenant for the remaining three months on my lease plus an additional year after my lease end date. Initially, I individually exchanged multiple communications with my landlord. I realized no progress had been made, and my landlord was not willing to back down from their illegitimate requests. They were using their superior financial position to intimidate and harass me. At that point, I decided to hire Kenneth. He diligently took the time to review my lease, analyze the situation, and took immediate action the same day. He is exceptionally passionate about his law practice and serves his clients to exceed expectations. Kenneth handled my case on a one-on-one basis. No intermediaries, a direct phone line to contact him, and was always readily available. He responded to the communications sent to him by my landlord within hours. He would later always inform me about every action taken on the case. Kenneth is a very proactive attorney. He was closely monitoring my case even when my landlord stopped responding to his communications. Having Kenneth as an attorney gave me confidence as he appropriately handled my case by being very professional and respectful with my landlord, yet aggressive and intimidating when needed. To Kenneth, it doesn’t matter who he is dealing against and does not hesitate to apply the force of the law to its fullest extent. Kenneth has over 18+ of law practice and knows how to govern his affairs properly. He was able to diligently and concisely negotiate with my landlord until they let me go without proceeding to court, rest assured he was willing to litigate if the issue escalated. With his representation, my landlord released me without conditions, not even for the remaining three months of my lease and without termination fees.
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Posted by Ryan, CEO | March 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professionalism and Preeminence
When building a team leaders should surround themselves with others whose knowledge, skills, and abilities complement those of the team and elevate the team's effectiveness in accomplishing its goals. Our success has been a direct reflection of Ken's professionalism and skill while his vast experience has enabled us to foresee and prevent problems. Ken is the genuine article, do not hesitate to hire him.
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Posted by Gabe | March 1, 2019
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Conscientious, Thorough, Knowledgable, Unrelenting
I have worked with Ken on a variety of entrepreneurial business concerns including entrepreneurial finance, contracting, payment disputes, and even real estate contracts. I trust him as a lawyer and business confidant for current issues as well as development of future plans. I consider his advice to be indispensable and have so far been unable to challenge him beyond his abilities, very broad experience, or certainly his education. I consider him to be a critical part of my team. He has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Estevan | February 16, 2019
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Expert in Entrepreneurship
Ken has helped me with structuring my business and many other entrepreneurial related questions. The fact that he has also a background in a accounting, C suit level corporate experience and he has been an entrepreneur himself, makes Ken stand out from other lawyers.
Posted by Jared | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true expert in the field of Law
My team and I have had the pleasure of working with ken on several occasions. He has always exceeded our expectation, and he has added tremendous value to our engagements. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Mike | March 25, 2015
Three Years of Outstanding Service
About three years ago I was reassigned to a new role that required an expertise in financial matters. When you are handling money that is to be dispersed to several other organizations, there is no room for errors. Ken Hamner was my organizations legal and financial consultant. From the first day of my assignment, Ken was either in my office or available over the phone to provide guidance and assistance. Nearly three years later, Ken continues to be available for any need. I will continue to recommend Ken to anyone who needs legal or financial assistance.
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Posted by chris | March 16, 2015
Ken Hamner
Although a long distance provider, Ken is multi-faceted in his knowledge & approach, and can provide legal services that are broad spectrum.
Posted by Lori | February 18, 2015
Have you ever had your attorney repeatedly answer your phone call at 7 a.m.? I have.
I engaged Mr. Hamner to be our company's corporate attorney four years ago. During that time, he resolved several litigation issues to our satisfaction. His background in accounting and entrepreneurialism made him an asset in our success. He guided us through numerous difficult decisions and educated us on best business practices.
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Posted by Senator Darren Soto | February 13, 2015
Expert Commercial / Accounting Compliance Advice
Mr. Hamner has been a key consultant for me in my law practice regarding forensic accounting and business compliance matters. He has also been an important advisor to me on state financial policy issues that I encounter serving in the Florida Senate.
Posted by Bill | February 8, 2015
Superior Legal Services in Central Florida
As the Assistant Director and Treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police District 7, Inc., I can say without a doubt that Attorney Ken Hamner is by far the most talented attorney I have met. Mr. Hamner’s extensive educational background and professional experience allows for the quick resolution of issues that other attorneys may not be able to resolve. F.O.P. District 7 utilizes Mr. Hamner as an attorney, accountant, and tax preparer to name a few. I have recommended Mr. Hamner’s services to other F.O.P. Lodges; one of which hired Mr. Hamner to utilize his forensic accounting skill-set for contract negotiations on wages. Mr. Hamner’s reputation is well known in the F.O.P. community. I would recommend Mr. Hamner to any aspiring entrepreneur, small business, or established corporation.
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Posted by Steve | February 7, 2015
Fraternal Order of Police Director
Ken has been intramental in assisting us with legal issues and financial concerns within the District. He has always been ready to assist and tackle any problems has they arise. I have recommend him to other Lodges and clients because of his knowledge and professionalism.
Posted by Tristram | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Worst Attorney Ever
I hired Mr. Hamner in July 2015 to carry out some work for a new business I had started. I first met him when I was a student at USF, he was a guest lecturer there at the time. Ironically I chose Ken because he was a lecturer at USF, this was my first ever business and I wanted someone I could trust. I paid a $5000 retainer and was told that the items I needed would be completed shortly. Among other items, I had asked for employee agreements, operating agreements, privacy policies, third party sharing policies, and customer contracts. Little did I realize that over the next TWO YEARS the only item I would receive was a generic operating agreement. Every time I contacted Mr. Hamner he made constant excuses about how something had come up or he was busy with something else and that he would get the items to me soon, he never delivered. In April 2017 I approached Mr. Hamner for a refund, he agreed to come to a resolution with me but told me that it would not be immediate as he was going away. I have NOT heard from him since. Don’t throw away your money and go and find someone else.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel
  • MyVentureResource
  • 2018 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • AuthenTek IOM
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of South Florida
  • 2015 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Fountain Technologies International, LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Encompass Advisory Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • The Entrepreneur Law Center, PL
  • 2008 - Present
  • President
  • Summit Ventures
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Cornerstone Insurance Group LLC
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel
  • SteelSource LLC
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Managing Partner
  • Emerald Seas Title LLC
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Managing Partner, Director of Corporate, International & Tax
  • Dorough, Calzada & Hamner, PL
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Metalcor, Inc.
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Chief Financial Officer and Senior VP
  • Caribbean Pacific International
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Senior Consultant
  • Ernst & Young
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Appraiser
  • World Mortgage, Inc.
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Audit Senior
  • Arthur Andersen & Co.
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • University of Oxford Said Business School
  • Certificate in Venture Finance
  • 2020
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Certificate, Artificial Intelligence
  • 2019
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Certificate, Digital Transformation
  • 2019
  • University of Chicago
  • Certificate, Exit Planning
  • 2017
  • University of South Florida
  • MS in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies
  • 2014
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Master of Accounting in Forensic Accounting
  • 2010
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Certificate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2009
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Certificate, Entrepreneurship
  • 2007
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Florida State University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2002
  • Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin Fakultat fur Rechtswissenschaft
  • Certificate, Dispute Resolution
  • 2001
  • Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin Fakultat fur Rechtswissenschaft
  • Certificate, Mediation
  • 2001
  • China University of Political Science and Law
  • Certificate, Chinese Law
  • 2001
  • George Mason University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • 1990
  • George Mason University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • 1990
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Associations

  • Exit Planning Institute
  • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
  • 2017 - Present
  • FINRA
  • Series 82 - Ltd Rep - Private Securities Offerings
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member of the Bar of the Court and Officer of the Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • FINRA
  • Series 63
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Valuators and Analysts
  • Master Analyst in Financial Forensics
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • 2010 - Present
  • State of Florida
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Due Diligence Association
  • Certified Due Diligence Professional
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alliance of Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisors
  • Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor
  • 2009 - Present
  • Middle Market Investment Banking Association
  • Chartered Merger & Acquisition Professional
  • 2009 - Present
  • International Business Brokers Association
  • Certified Business Intermediary
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 2005 - Present
  • Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Orange Tree Property Owners' Association, Inc.
  • President/Board Member
  • 2004 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Venture Capital Firm - USA
  • Lawyer International- Legal 100
  • 2019
  • Intl Structuring & Domestic Transactions Law Firm of the Year
  • Lawyer International- Legal 100
  • 2019
  • International Business Law Firm of the Year - USA
  • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best Law Firm of the Year - Florida, USA
  • M&A Today- Global Awards
  • 2019
  • Top 50 Global Law Experts 2018
  • InterContinental Finance & Law Magazine
  • 2018
  • Start-up Innovation - Adviser of the Year - USA
  • Finance Monthly Fintech Awards
  • 2017
  • Independent Boutique Law Firm of the Year-North America
  • M&A Today, 2015 Global Awards
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney
  • Orlando Style Magazine
  • 2015
  • Most Outstanding Independent Boutique Law Firm - USA
  • Corporate LiveWire 2015 Innovation & Excellence Awards
  • 2015
  • Int'l Structuring/Domestic Transactions Law Firm of the Year
  • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine
  • 2014
  • Golden Advisor Award
  • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine
  • 2014
  • Business Planning Law Firm of the Year in the United States
  • Acquisition International Magazine M&A Awards
  • 2014
  • Entrepreneurial Services Advisory of the Year - United States
  • ACQ Law Awards
  • 2014
  • Business Planning Law Firm of the Year - United States
  • ACQ Law Awards
  • 2014
  • Orlando's Legal Elite Rising Stars
  • Orlando Style Magazine
  • 2014
  • Independent Boutique Law Firm of the Year - North America
  • KHM Media - Global 100
  • 2014
  • Independent Boutique Law Firm of the Year in the United States
  • ACQ Global Awards
  • 2014
  • Innovatve New Product Challenge - 1st Place
  • University of South Florida
  • 2013
  • Independent Boutique Law Firm of the Year in the United States
  • ACQ Global Awards
  • 2013
  • Business Planning Law Firm of the Year in the United States
  • Acquisition International Magazine M&A Awards
  • 2013
  • Independent Boutique Law Firm of the Year in North America
  • KHM Media - Global 100
  • 2013
  • Best Venture Capital Law Firm in the United States
  • ACQ Law Awards
  • 2013
  • Independent Boutique Law Firm of the Year in the United States
  • ACQ Law Awards
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law & Policy
  • The Globalization of Law: International Merger Control and Competition Law in the United States, the European Union, Latin America and China
  • 2002
  • Florida State University Business Review
  • Comparing the Legal Structure and Business Climate of the Commonwealth Caribbean and the People's Rupublic of China for Foreign Direct Investment
  • 2001
  • Florida State University Business Review
  • Taxation of International and Domestic e-Commerce: Inevitability, Structure, Problems and Solutions
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • USF Student Incubator Presentation
  • Contracts
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (4)
Endorse Kenneth
Business Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken is one the most skilled and personable attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. His far-ranging expertise in business law, and ability to tailor his services to the needs of his clients who transact business across the country and globe, offer a rare competitive advantage among legal practitioners."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kenneth Hamner is an exceptional attorney. In addition to his dedication to his clients, Ken is well respected, ethical and extremely knowledgeable (He holds more certifications and degrees than the next three attorneys combined). Without hesitation I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken is definitely one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know in the area of business development. He has acted as a mentor and advisor to me when I have had to advise clients on business organizations. I highly recommend this attorney without reservation."
Venture capital Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I went to law school with Ken and know that he has a very solid background in venture capital. He has several graduate degrees in business and finance and solid legal experience in this field."
Business Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has impeccable credentials and a stellar reputation in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is extremely qualified and well respected in the legal community. I have known Ken for over 15 years, and I would feel confident having him represent myself or a family member on any business related matter."
Business Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hamner is an excellent business attorney, with expertise in tax, small and large business operations, M&A, contracts, litigation, and international law. I've referred clients to him, and have utilized his services myself, and I recommend him."
Business Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ken Hamner for nearly 14 years dating back to our days in law school and have worked on a few cases together with Ken. Ken is an extremely bright and honest businessman and attorney who maintains a passion for assisting entrepreneurs with all their legal needs. He is highly educated and has been recognized for excellence in his field by trade journals and by obtaining numerous licenses and certifications."
Business Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Ken for many years. He is well-versed in business and contract law, has a great business acumen, and is always professional."
Business Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not all lawyers are created equal. Mr. Hamner stands head and shoulders above the other attorneys in his field. The combination of his experience and unequalled education in his field of expertise has made him the most reliable and competent attorney I use when referring complex business matters. Mr. Hamner not only provides excellent representation but also compassion and understanding when dealing with my clients."
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