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Virginia Nelson Hammerle

Litigation Attorney at Lewisville, TX

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1982
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Virginia

Learn Virginia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Practice includes Texas State and Federal Courts, and arbitration.

    42 years, 100 cases

  2. Business
    Practice includes drafting, interpreting, negotiating, arbitration and litigation of business agreements, employment arrangements and business ownership; corporate documents and partnerships

    42 years, 100 cases

  3. Guardianship
    Certified as an Ad Litem by the Texas Supreme Court..

    42 years

  4. Estate planning
    Practice includes Wills, Trusts and Probate

    42 years, 200 cases

  5. Elder law
    Practice includes all aspects of helping clients plan and manage their legal affairs: wills, trusts, estate planning, guardianships, probate, will contests, medicaid, housing, and care.

    42 years, 100 cases


Virginia Hammerle is the co-founder of Hammerle Finley Law Firm, serving clients throughout Dallas/Ft. Worth and the surrounding areas for more than 30 years. Ms. Hammerle is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and was voted a SuperLawyer in 2012 and 2013.


Ms. Hammerle is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried more than 100 civil cases to completion. She has represented clients in complex civil matters, including:


  • A dispute involving several hundred mortgage purchases under a master purchase and servicing agreement.
  • A class action from the plaintiff’s side.
  • A work-out of a $11 million loan in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Sequestrations involving dairy cattle, multi-million dollar aircraft and collateral on a floor-plan loan.
  • Disputes regarding shareholder, partnership and non-competition matters.
  • A breach of fiduciary duty case involving multi-trust and guardianship litigation.
  • Consumer cases involving deceptive trade practice actions, fraud and breach of contract.
  • Loan work-out and auction of over 100 properties.


Ms. Hammerle expanded her practice to include  the area of “Elder Law” which addresses the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical, and financial needs of individuals. In the planning stages of Elder law it can include issues such as power of attorney, medical and burial directives, estate planning and more. Specific Elder Law issues include dementia, nursing home care, Elder abuse or neglect, as well as Medicare.


Ms. Hammerle is a Member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and she is certified by the State Bar of Texas as Ad Litem. Additionally she is a member of the WealthCounsel and the National Care Planning Council.


Ms. Hammerle is licensed and admitted to practice before  Texas Courts and in the following Federal courts: Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hammerle has worked with the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee and has testified before the Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee on issues relating to aging and guardianship.


Founded in 1984, Hammerle Finley Law Firm has more than 20 employees, including 7 senior level lawyers. The firm’s headquarters are located in Lewisville, Texas, with offices in Dallas, Plano, Corinth and Denton.


Ms. Hammerle served on the Boards of the Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Center and the Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Medical Center for 10 years, serving as Chairman of the Board for three years. She was a founder and President of the Highland Village Parks Foundation and was instrumental in arranging for the purchase of a $1.3 million property for use by the Foundation, the City and non-profits.


Ms. Hammerle is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Care Planning Council, WealthCounsel and the Texas Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is also a member of the Denton County Bar Association as well as the Denton County Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section.


She is a member of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and approved counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She served as counsel for the Resolution Trust Corporation, where she was a member of the elite SWAT team.


A frequent speaker at professional and community seminars, Ms. Hammerle has authored LegalTalk columns for 30 years and had her own radio show. Her articles have been published in the Dallas Morning News, The Denton Record Chronicle, The Lewisville News, The Denton Business & Community News, Senior Living Magazine and Cross-Timbers Gazette, to name a few.

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Hammerle Finley Law Firm
2871 Lake Vista Drive, Suite 100
Lewisville, TX, 75067


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Posted by Randy | June 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience
My wife and I met with Virginia about getting a new will done, and it was a wonderful experience. She spent a little while getting to know us before leading us through the process by asking simple questions while carefully explaining the reasons for each one and then giving clear examples when needed. We never felt rushed in any way and left feeling very happy with our decision to choose Virginia as our attorney, We highly recommend Virgina and the Hammerle Finley Law Firm. Randy
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Posted by Sally | December 9, 2013
Most pleased with my choice
I needed to update my will, but also wanted to set up a trust, and was impressed with Ms. Hammerle's ability to examine my situation and offer several ideas to consider. She spent as much time as necessary to be sure I understood the legal language, was easy to talk to, and I felt confident she was the right lawyer for my needs. Her office staff were quick and courteous, making my visit to the office a pleasant experience
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2013
Experienced and Trustworthy Resource
I've turned to Virginia on several occasions when life presented challenges beyond my skill set. From Real Estate transactions to loved one's passing on and dealing with their affairs, Virginia is always a phone call away with sound and solid counsel when I need it most. I highly recommend Virginia Hammerle.
Posted by Frances | February 17, 2011
Great attorney
Ms. Hammerle did an excellent job of giving helpful, concise information that proved extremely helpful. She went above and beyond what was necessary. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2011
As good as it gets
My experience with Virginia Hammerle involved the review of a proposed partnership agreement. Her straight-forward advice saved me from entering into a potentially inequitable business partnership.


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Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Hammerle Finley Law Firm
  • 1984 - Present


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Medical Extrusion Technologies-Texas, Inc. v. Kevin Wolfe, Deborah Wolfe, and Heat Shrink Innovations, LLC
  • , jury trial , final judgment granting permanent injunction and $700k damages
  • EMC Mortgage Corporation v. Ameriquest Mortgage Company
  • Confidential settlement


  • United Way
  • Advisory Board
  • 2013 - Present
  • The National Care Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Denton Kiwanis Club
  • President
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Trinity Medical Center Board of Trustees
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 2000 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuter
  • 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Texas Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters Group
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • Top Attorneys in Texas
  • 2012
  • Hixson Award
  • Kiwanis International
  • 2011
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  • Establishing a Guardianship for Elder Law Clients (Aspatore)
  • Guardianship Law in Texas
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • United Way Planning Giving Program
  • Giving from the Client's Perspective
  • 2013
  • Lewisville NewComer's Meeting
  • Elder Law
  • 2013
  • Family Service Conference
  • 5 Documents to Live (and Die) With
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (13)
Endorse Virginia
Guardianship Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Virginia has helped me with her experience-based advice, which I very much appreciate."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Virginia's extensive legal knowledge in multiple areas of law is remarkable, as is her commitment to excellent client service. Virginia is an outstanding attorney and is truly a pleasure to work for."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred several clients to Virginia on Elder law and estate planning matters and the results have always been the same...very happy clients. She is a wealth of knowledge on these subjects, as well as civil litigation. She is my go to contact on these matters."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Virginia does an excellent job of fighting for her clients. She helps her clients in a wide range of litigation. I would highly recommend her for anyone facing litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Virginia is an exceptional litigator with a broad range of experience in civil litigation. She has the experience and skills to handle any type of civil case, and is a trusted adviser. I highly recommend Virginia Hammerle!"
Litigation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Having practiced more than 30 years and serving in the judiciary I was somewhat selective in deciding where to return to the practice of law. Virginia Hammerle is the type of lawyer I wanted to be associated with. She is highly competent in a wide range of civil litigation, including banking, commercial , probate, realestate and elder law. She has integrity, is hardworking and always makes her client's interests her top priority."
Litigation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Virginia is board certified in civl trial law and is the person to see in any litigation matter. She is also active in Elder Law."
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