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Stephen Gregory Hammers

Real estate Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   8 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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30-YEAR BUSINESS LITIGATOR WITH PROVEN TRIAL RECORD. CALL (949) 783-5143.

Stephen G. Hammers is the owner and managing attorney of Hammers, PC, a boutique litigation firm focusing on business and real estate. Mr. Hammers represents both local and international businesses in Orange County and throughout Southern California in trials, arbitrations, appeals and all other facets of litigation.  Prior to opening Hammers, PC, Mr. Hammers was a partner and manager of the litigaton department of one of the older business litigation firms in Orange County.

Mr. Hammers has tried cases to verdict in most State and Federal Courts of Southern California.  His clients include business owners, commercial developers and real estate professionals, but he also champions the causes of individuals and small business owners. A significant number of Mr. Hammers’ business cases have been tried to juries, where he has enjoyed a 100% success rate.  Some of these verdicts and awards may be reviewed here.

Mr. Hammers is an active member of the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations. He regularly lectures on business and real estate issues, including varied topics in commercial and residential real estate. He has been a guest speaker on the issues of Secured Transactions and Anti-Deficiency Legislation at the Southwestern Law School. Mr. Hammers is a member of the Board of Directors of Loyola Law School, and its Juris Society.  He has served as a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and also regularly serves as a judge law school trial advocacy competitions.

Read more about Stephen’s experience as an attorney in the field of business law, real estate law, commercial collections and lease litigation at .

Licensed for 31 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/06/2022

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

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Hammers Law PC
Law Offices
1601 Dove Street, Suite 120
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2009
Stephen Hammers - A Great Experience
As stressful and uncertain as a lawsuit can be, when you work with Stephen Hammers you know for certain that you are in the best hands possible. He is extremely knowledgeable and works very hard in order to make his clients feel at ease. I was referred to Mr. Hammers through a friend of mine for a Reeal Estate litigation matter. He helped me out tremendously and I will recommend him to anyone who is in need of an experienced attorney.
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Posted by JIM WOZAB | June 22, 2012
GREAT SERVICE BY A TRUSTED ATTORNEY
Mr. Hammers did an outstanding job representing our interests. He was very clear in his explanations, he gave good rational advice and was always available for consultation. Even when it was not always to his best financial interests, he gave his best efforts to protect our position.
Posted by Shep | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer
Stephen Hammers was a referral from another lawyer who could not represent my case, and I approached hiring Steve with some anxiety because I had always applied the skills of the referring lawyer over the past many years. I had no previous knowledge of Steve's work, and hoped that this referral was a solid recommendation. My matter was involved, and the case appeared to be risky. In fact, the referring lawyer (my long time friend) advised me that I stood little chance of prevailing. All that I knew was that I was in the right, and that a good lawyer might be able to prevail. Steve was cautious about giving me any hope at first, but he could see clear pathways to defeating the defendants. He applied his boundless energy to the intellect and resourcefulness that has made him such a superstar in Orange County, and we worked together in an efficient yet highly effective manner to hone the case. His persistence along certain lines of advice that at times were lost on me became invaluable to the direction that the case took, and we developed a momentum that was itself very effective for our success. While we spent time and effort on certain details, Steve never appeared to delay nor overstudy any point. At no time did I ever have the slightest doubt that he had my best interests as his own, and that he was keeping the billing as low as practicable without creating any new difficulties. He predicted a wide variety of events which all came to pass as he described, and portrayed undesirable outcomes that we avoided altogether largely because of how well he articulated their potential negative impacts to me. He kept or improved the calendar originally set, and maintained in his keen mind each item of concern and advantage without the level of discussion that I had anticipated. In fact, he demonstrated extraordinary capacity to divine the intentions and thought patterns of each defendant, whom he never met, better than I ever could and I had known each for over ten years. We prevailed in what I term a "100% victory" over the defendants. Steve took it all in stride, and yet I cannot ever say enough to express my appreciation of his character, his professionalism, his friendship to me during rough periods, and his overall value to the legal profession. He is what ANY client would hope for when life events require legal counsel or representation. I am not a litigious individual, but he was right there when I needed the right lawyer, and I am forever grateful to him and the staff that he has deservedly assembled around him. He is an inspiration to me, and I am quite certain that he will continue to serve as an inspiration to those who need the best lawyer! He is a superb human being, and I am able to enjoy my life day by day going forward simply because of his formidable skills and sharp focus as my lawyer when I needed his help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2013
A Superb Lawyer
I called Stephen G. Hammers to handle a real estate transaction for me because I was having problems reaching an agreement with another party. From the beginning, Mr. Hammers put my mind at ease by telling me what to expect, exlained the procedure and my options and offered some very useful suggestions in going forward with my case. Throughout the process, he kept me informed and answered all my questions. Mr. Hammers also kept my best interests in mind. He did his absolute best and got me the outcome I wanted. I am extremely satisfied with his service.
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Posted by Wendy | September 21, 2012
Excellent Attorney
We reside in New Jersey and had an issue with a California rehabilitation facility that refused to appropriately refund to us a large amount of money. Although the facility was horrible, we did not want to get into a lawsuit with them, we just wanted our refund. Mr. Hammers listened to our situation, acted quickly and appropriately on our behalf, and resolved the matter just as we had hoped. We found he and his staff a pleasure to work with, always responding to our inquiries and asking our opinions on how we wished to proceed. We believe that Mr. Hammers' excellent reputation was why our situation was settled quickly, the opposing counsel simply did not want to battle him in court. The attorney fees charged were explained to us up front, and the fees were fair and accurate. We knew nothing about attorneys in California. Stephen G. Hammers was recommended to us from a friend of a friend, and we got lucky. I was a legal secretary for many years, and my husband and I have had to deal with a few legal issues over the years, and I can honestly say that Stephen G. Hammers was one of the best attorneys with whom we have ever worked. If you need a lawyer in California, in our experience, Mr. Hammers is the best, and if he does not handle whatever type of law you need, I would completely trust his recommendations. We never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Hammers in person, but from our phone conversations and correspondence I would have to say he just seemed like a really great guy!
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Posted by kc | August 19, 2009
HE GOES ALL THE WAY!
Mr. Hammers supported me during a very stressful litigation. He was never "off duty" if I needed him. What a great guy to have as your advocate. Super easy to deal with, but I definitely has that edge needed to be a good litigator... I saw him in action, & he's impressive!
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2009
Hodge vs Dial
He was great to work with I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2008
This lawyer changed my life
Mr. Hammers has all the right moves. He has the whole package. Knowledgable, professionalism, compassionate, reasonable, and is also easy on the eyes. He is always two steps ahead of the other guys!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Hammers Law PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Price, Crooke, Gary & Hammers, Incorporated
  • 2007 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Ryan, Brosman & Hammers
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Epport, Richman & Robbins
  • 1992 - 2000
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Trust v. Briggs, Briggs Ventures
  • Court awarded Mr. Hammers' client $410,000.00 in compensatory damages, $1 Million in punitive damages and $92,000.00 in prejudgment interest.
  • Oso Trabuco LLC v. Bixby Development Company, LLC
  • Arbitrator awarded Mr. Hammers' client $1.7 Million in damages, as well as attorneys' fees and costs exceeding $500,000. All sums sought by Developer on its Cross-claims ($7.5 Million) were denied.
  • Charles Dunn Company v. Kymm Trust
  • Verdict of $461,290.50 in Favor of Charles Dunn Company, Mr. Hammers' Client.
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Associations

  • Loyola Law School
  • Chairman, Juris Society
  • 2016 - Present
  • Loyola Law School
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Life Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Business Litigation Section
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Real Property Section
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Villa Montana HOA Board
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top Trial Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2019
  • Top Attorney
  • Coast Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Top Trial Lawyer
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • International Academny of Trial Lawyers
  • Loyola Law School
  • N/A
  • Byrne Award
  • Loyola Law School
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Legal Corner for California Business, Food & Manufacturing
  • No Paltry Purchase Orders!
  • 2012
  • Cal Real Estate & Lending
  • Redevelopment Deals?
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Upper Div. Property Class, Southwestern Law
  • Anti-deficiency Legislation
  • 2008
  • LA Broker Conference
  • Avoidance of Claims
  • 2007
  • Upper Div. Property Class, Southwestern Law
  • Anti-deficiency Legislation
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (18)
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Litigation Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Steve for 2 years. He is a great litigator who will advocate zealously for his clients in a ethical and cost efficient manner."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Steve on a litigation matter involving claims in both California and Washington state courts. I found Steve’s frank communication style and candor refreshing. His interest in ensuring that his client received effective and efficient representation was clear from day one. I would not hesitate to work with Steve again and believe his results based attitude would be an asset to any client."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked the defense side of a litigation matter with Mr. Hammers, although we represented different clients. Mr. Hammers made superb strategy decisions, had excellent paperwork, and always kept to his word in a professional way. In fact, Mr. Gorham was opposing counsel, and I notice he endorses Steve, which says a lot. A first rate litigator. --William M. (Mike) Hensley"
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve and I worked together on a matter where there were cases between the parties filed both in California and Washington. We achieved a great result for the client, and Steve exhibited astute lawyering and a keen appreciation for the client's best interests."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is smart and professional, and is also able to operate above the fray and build a positive and constructive relationship with his opposing counsel."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Hammers was a highly competent advocate for his client in a difficult, hotly contested matter. His papers were top-notch, as were his presentations in court, arbitration, and mediation. I would recommend Mr. Hammers without hesitation to those in need of legal services in the area of litigation, especially regarding real estate matters."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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