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Shawn Patrick Hammond

Divorce and separation Attorney at Augusta, GA

4.1   34 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1996
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About Shawn

Learn Shawn’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%
    Divorce, Military Divorce, Custody, Grandparent Custody, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Child Support, Alimony

    28 years, 2,250 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    DUI, DWI, Administrative License Suspension Hearings, Traffic Offenses

    28 years, 350 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    15%
    Juvenile Court, Deprivation, Juvenile Criminal Offenses, School Tribunal, Custody, Termination of Parental Rights

    28 years, 500 cases

  4. Child custody
    10%
    Grandparent Custody, UCCJEA Cases,

    28 years, 500 cases

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    DUI, DWI, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Drug Offenses, Probation and Parole Violations

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Adoption
    5%
    Military Adoptions, Stepparent Adoptions, Grandparent Adoptions, Agency Adoptions

    28 years, 125 cases

Managing attorney of Shawn P. Hammond and Associates which consists of two attorneys and four secretaries.

 

Shawn Hammond is an Augusta attorney with over 16 years of legal experience, 26 years of military experience and has handled over 2500 cases.

 

We specialize in the areas of:  Divorce; Military Divorce; Custody; Grandparent Custody; Adoption; and, DUI.

 

Shawn Hammond is the only attorney in the United States who has served as an Infantry Officer who has had combat commands in both Afghanistan and Iraq. 

In January 2006 Shawn Hammond closed his law office for a 21 month deployment with 16 consecutive months spent in front line ground combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.  For his service he was awarded numerous medals including the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantrymans Badge.

 

Shawn demonstrates dominating trial skills that reflect a blend of his legal and combat experiences.  Combat hardened for courtroom battle is a terms that most lawyers in Augusta and other areas of the state have come to respect.

  

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2014,2013,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2014 2013 2012 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

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Location

Shawn P. Hammond and Associates
Shawn P. Hammond
505 Courthouse Lane
Augusta, GA
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mark | August 14, 2014
I highly recommend Mr. Hammond
My 22-year-old son was driving a friend home from a party one night in the friend's car because the friend had too much to drink. The car had a broken taillight and was stopped by police. The friend had a small amount of marijuana on him and in the car so both he and my son were arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. I contacted the law office of Mr. Shawn Hammond and was able to meet with Mr. Hammond and his associate Mr. Schluter the following day. After I explained the situation, Mr. Hammond was confident in a positive outcome and clearly explained what their strategy would be, what we needed to do, and what our expectations should be. I was impressed with their legal knowledge and friendliness and hired them to represent my son. I especially liked that whenever I contacted their office with a question, they responded right away. Luckily my son's friend was willing to accept full responsibility for the marijuana. He even met with Mr. Schluter, who explained his options. Thanks to the friend's cooperation, Mr. Schluter was able to do the necessary work during the arraignment to get the marijuana charge against my son dismissed and even helped my son's friend to get a less severe punishment than he would have otherwise. I was very pleased with the job Mr. Hammond and his associate did on my son's case and highly recommend them to others.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2013
Rock Solid and Dependable
I hired Mr. Hammond on a divorce case earlier this year and all I can say is that he and his staff were simply incredible. I had a lot of issues and concerns throughout the process and I found it amazing in the time they took with me and how they helped me through the case. Mr. Hammond has a firm of three lawyers and four secretaries. I was always able to call and have my concerns immediately answered. I was very stressed out about my case and Mr. Hammond and his staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and showed their concern about me as a person. In court, Mr. Hammond was methodical and precise. I was very pleased with how the Judge addressed him by his first name and he really had the respect of the Judge. When I first met Mr. Hammond he stated exactly how my case would turn out and when the judge ruled I received exactly what he promised. Although, Mr. Hammond is not cheap, he and his staff are worth every penny paid.
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Posted by Charlotte | September 14, 2021
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I highly recommend Shawn Hammond
I hired Mr. Hammond for a child custody case. He was very professional, organized and polite. He was very respectful and caring for my position as the grandmother/guardian of the children He asked a lot of questions in order to know all the facts of the case which I appreciated. I was amazed at how much research he did on the opposing party. When we had the hearing, he hit every point to prove my case of my retaining the children. I would highly recommend him and would definitely use him as my attorney if I needed one.
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Posted by Kemberley | January 31, 2019
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Dr. Higdon
I’ve worked with 3 attorneys in handling my very unique and challenging family case and must say that Mr. Hammond has been consistently professional, honest, hard working, and dedicated to our cause. Family law inherently presents sensitive and stressful dynamics. Mr. Hammond has handled these areas of my case with care and prompt attention. I appreciate his legal candor, acuity, and, most importantly, his unwavering fight!
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Posted by Sophia | January 15, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
Shawn and his staff did a wonderful job. During a very difficult time in my life they were always there, always answered their phone and always gave me reassurance that everything was going to be well. I cannot thank them enough.
Posted by Chris and Laura Vintson | February 13, 2018
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Child Custody and Juvenile Law
Attorney Hammond and his associate attorney are excellent child custody attorneys. They are hard working, timely, and detail oriented. He genuinely cares for his clients welfare and gives sound advice. We are very glad we hired them and are very thankful for all their efforts. The office staff is very helpful and conveniently available to help in any way they can. I liked that anytime during the week I would call, someone always answered the phone with a smile and positive attitude. As tough as life is at times, a kind word goes a long way. Thank you and many blessings to you and yours Hammond Law Firm!
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Posted by Kenneth | December 28, 2016
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Excellent Job
Shawn Hammond's office helped me during a difficult time in my life. He and his staff spent a great deal of time with me explaining the process and what to expect. I would highly recommend this office to anyone who wants to be highly prepared and well represented going into a legal battle.
Posted by Carl | December 22, 2016
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Traffic Ticket
Shawn P. Hammond and Associates handled my traffic case. They were very professional and knowledgeable. They filed a motion to suppress and at the hearing the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case.
Posted by Bert | December 31, 2015
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Success!
I sought a lawyer to help us deal with a minor traffic issue - my daughter had been stopped and charged with "following too closely". I felt as if perhaps the deputy was just having a bad day. The Hammond Law firm met with us during our court date and was able to get the prosecutor to reduce the charge to essentially just a fine, without accessed driver points or it affecting future insurance rates. During the initial consult, Mr. Hammond was very upfront about our chances of success only being about even, but I think having a lawyer there helped swing the balance in our favor, saved us some time at court, and my daughter and I learned a lot in the process.
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Posted by Jeremy | April 2, 2015
Great Results and a Fair Price!
The team at Shawn P. Hammond and Associates handled my divorce case in 2013, and I couldn't be more pleased with the disposition of my case! The team was attentive, diligent, action-oriented, and they worked hard to obtain the best possible outcome for my children and me. I was involved in my case and kept well-informed. I felt as if I had an entire legal team at my back, and I suppose I did! While Shawn's partner, Carl Schluter, actually was my attorney (and did a fantastic job!), I realized that Shawn was apprised and knowledgeable of my case as well. It truly felt like a team effort. I was well-represented when I chose to hire this firm, and the results we obtained speak for themselves. Since the divorce, I have hired this firm for additional legal services as well. Their costs are reasonable and provide an incredible "bang for your buck."
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Posted by Jennifer | January 27, 2015
Military Spouse
I came to this firm for a divorce. My husband is in the military and was telling me that if I left him I would not receive any support and would not get any of his benefits. At our first meeting, Mr. Hammond explained to me what he calls the typical divorce process and how I can get immediate support. I received a check for support the next day from my husband. He also explained what I should receive from my divorce and it was a lot more that I was expecting. My divorce is finalized now and the Judge ordered exactly what Mr. Hammond said he would. I highly recommend this office for their excellent service.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2014
Hard working Hammond!
I hired Mr. Hammond to handle my child custody case. He and his assistant, Tabitha, are a great team. . Hammond is tough as nails and a bulldog in the courtroom. They always kept us up to date and made sure paperwork was handled quickly. I would absolutely hire them again!
Posted by Captain Buffalo | February 21, 2014
Fearless and Rock Solid Dependable
When I needed a lawyer last year I went to the only lawyer I have ever trusted - Shawn Hammond. He and I served together in Afghanistan where he was an Infantry officer assigned as an embedded tactical trainer (ETT) and a commander of a quick reaction force (QRF). During our deployment he proved himself to be a fearless and rock solid dependable leader. He always took care of his soldiers first and would, at times, put himself in harm’s way to protect them. He was admired and respected by his soldiers and by everyone else we served with. For my divorce, I had been married for several years and had 2 children with my wife. I suppose the strain of 3 deployments and being gone a lot crippled my marriage. During my marriage we had been apart longer than we had been together. My wife, after she decided to get a divorce, hired a lawyer who was extremely unreasonable and hateful. They complained to my commanders and other offices on post trying to cause as much trouble for me with the Army as they could. As an officer myself, this was starting to cause me a lot of embarrassment. They had said that I needed to give them what they wanted so they would go away. I was very stressed out about what was going on and it was starting to affect my ratings. However, as soon as I spoke with Mr. Hammond, almost all of that anxiety went away. He walked me through how a divorce is supposed to work and I began to understand the process. He immediately wrote a letter, had a conference with the Judge and all of the harassment instantly stopped. I was in awe of his ability to get things done. In court, Mr. Hammond was as fearless and decisive as I saw him during the war. When the case began he explained the case to the judge in a clear, concise and logical manner and just like that, the case was over. The other lawyer knew nothing about military benefits, military retirement or anything about the service and was left speechless. She just sat there mumbling and the Judge shut her down. It was a truly satisfying moment. Because of what they were doing and what they were demanding I had expected months and months of legal battles and to be wiped out financially. However, we were done in about 30 minutes with a fair and reasonable resolution. There is no doubt in my mind that because of his efforts, my wife and I are now friends again. If they had continued to do the things they were doing for much longer I would have hated her for life. Right now we work well together for our children and the tensions from the divorce are a distant memory. I strongly and absolutely recommend Shawn Hammond as the only lawyer you should use for a military divorce in the State of Georgia.
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Posted by Tania | February 19, 2014
Strong, Reliable and Dependable - The Only Lawyer To Use
I hired Shawn Hammond and his law firm in my divorce case. My husband was very abusive and after I caught him cheating on me HE filed for divorce and tried to take custody of our child. My husband was in the Army and all of his commanders protected and supported him in what he was doing because he was lying. We had been married for 12 years and he was trying to leave me with nothing. I was very upset at how I was being treated and Mr. Hammond was one of several lawyers I spoke with at first. I was suprised how he took his time with me on the phone even before I hired him. He told me everything I needed to know, where I could get help on post and off post and how to protect myself. No other lawyer even came close to having his knowledge and experience and he gave it away for free. He even helped me get a restraining order for free through Safe Homes. When I was finally able to get the money together to hire an attorney I went only to him. His staff was incredible at listening to me and took away most of my fear. My husband boasted about how good his lawyer was, how much he paid him and promised that he was going to destory me. But when it came time for court Shawn was AMAZING. Not only did he take command of the courtroom in presenting my case, but by the end of the hearing the Judge was asking him for advice. He showed my husband and the other lawyer for what they were. In the end, the case turned out just like he said when I first met with him. I got custody, my husband pays child support, he got visitation, he pays alimony and the marital debts and I got a part of his military retirement. Despite my ex thinking he was cheated, the judge said the case was being settled along the guidelines. The case settled exactly as Shawn said it would 5 months earlier. Shawn did a great job for me and is the ONLY lawyer any military parent should use.
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Posted by Lloyd | February 18, 2014
Excellent Job
Mr. Hammond did a great job in doing a step-parent adoption. He was very knowledgable about the law, was well respected by the Judge and did a great job explaining the process to us. He has a great staff who were very responsive and took care of all of our needs and kept us well informed. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by Dawson | February 11, 2014
"COLA is not something you drink"
Mr. Hammond uses the phrase "most lawyers think COLA is something you drink." He represented me in a military divorce in Augusta, Georgia. I was exceptionally pleased with his knowledge of the military and how he protected my rights. He protected my rights, saved me a lot of money, and protected my military retirement. According to the judge in court, there is no other local attorney who knows more about the military. I cannot be thankful enough.
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Posted by Steve | February 5, 2014
I recommend Shawn Hammond
Mr. Hammond was very well prepared and very serious about helping me in and out of court. He prepared me well for court as well. I highly recommend him and his firm.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2013
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
When you are going through a divorce it is amazingly painful and you have no idea what to expect. I am truly happy that I choose Shawn P. Hammond and associates to help with me through this tough time. Mr. Hammond and his office manager made it a point to make sure that I understood the process and what to expect in each aspect. I was probably more needy than most people, but they were always available to answer my questions and hold my hand so to speak. Everything turned out like they prepared me for and I am moving on with my life. I highly recommend Mr. Hammond and his staff to help you with domestic matters. It made things a bit easier knowing what to expect instead of being blindsided.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2013
This is the lawyer you want next to you in the courtroom
Mr. Hammond came highly recommended to me by several people when I found out my wife was having multiple affairs and was endangering our children with her erratic behavior. Most people say that Dads don't get custody but that was not what happened when we went to court. Thanks to Mr. Hammond, we were able to show the Judge how my wife's actions were a danger to our children and I was granted primary custody of the children. During the most difficult time of my life, Mr. Hammond and his office were there to assist me and help me look out for the best interest of my children which was the first time I have ever seen a lawyer care about the children versus winning or losing. If you want someone who knows what they are doing and will fight for your children, you can't go wrong with Mr. Hammond. I will always be grateful to him and his staff!
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Posted by Jeff | March 13, 2013
Simply The Best
Mr. Hammond took a very difficult case and made it very easy. My wife and her lawyer were out to destroy my military career. They filed multiple false complaints against me with my commanders, with JAG and with the IG. Even though I wanted a divorce because she cheated on me when I was deployed, I was told that if I did not give them what they wanted they would ruin me. When I first met Mr. Hammond he told me exactly how the case would progress and how the case would end up. I didn't believe him at first because my wife and her lawyer were so hateful and vindictive that I couldn't see how it would be possible. At the first court hearing I had to bring my company commander. Then, at the hearing, WOW, within 15 minutes Mr. Hammond had a restraining order not just against my wife but against her lawyer as well. All of their lies and hatefulness were destroyed in a matter of minutes. It was such a relief when the truth finally came out and I was vindicated. We then went to mediation a month later and the final agreement was EXACTLY like Mr. Hammond said. Mr. Hammond knew far more about the military than the JAG lawyers and was able to help me save my career. Mr. Hammond is simply the best lawyer and the best officer I have ever met.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Shawn P. Hammond and Associates
  • 1997 - Present
  • Battle Captain CSC Scania Iraq
  • United States Army
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Embedded Tactical Trainer - Afghanistan
  • United States Army
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Managing Attorney
  • Shawn P. Hammond - Attorney at Law
  • 1997 - 2006
  • Externship
  • United States Court of Appelas for the Armed Forces
  • 1996 - 1996
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Education

  • University of Mississippi
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Augusta College
  • BA
  • 1991

Associations

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Augusta Family Law Bar Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Legion
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Cubmaster / Den Leader
  • 2002 - 2006
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Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Combat Infantrymans Badge
  • United States Army
  • 2007
  • Schützenschnur - Gold
  • Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2007
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2007
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2007
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2007
  • NATO Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2007
  • Bronze Star
  • United States Army
  • 2007
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 2002
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 2001
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 2000
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 2000
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 1999
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 1998
  • Honored Professional
  • Who's Who
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Unit Annual Training
  • Domestic Violence and the Military
  • 2010
  • Annual Training
  • Military Divorce
  • 2010
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Divorce and Military Divorce
  • 2009
  • Commander's Conference - Unit Training
  • Military Domestic Relations
  • 2007
  • Afghanistan Ministry of Defense Legal Seminar
  • Divorce and Domestic Violence
  • 2007
  • Afghanistan Ministry of Defense Legal Seminar
  • Law of War
  • 2007
  • Unit Training
  • Military Divorce
  • 2006
  • KMTC Legal Seminar
  • Commercial Contracts
  • 2006
  • KMTC Legal Seminar
  • Law of War
  • 2006
  • KMTC Legal Seminar
  • UCMJ - Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • 2006
  • Afghanistan Ministry of Defense Legal Seminar
  • International Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
Endorse Shawn
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Hammond. He provides zealous representation to his clients and is very knowledgeable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shawn. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shawn Hammond is one of the hardest working and most knowledgeable Domestic Law Attorneys in the Augusta area. He really understands the military community and is willing to do whatever is necessary to take care of them and their families."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an expert in military divorce. I would highly recommend this attorney."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shawn is well known in the Augusta legal community. He is an experienced and zealous advocate in the area of military divorce. I refer clients to him on a regular basis."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent part of the AVVO community."
General practice Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I do not know Attorney Hammond personally, only through participation in answering questions in the AVVO forum. Attorney Hammond is highly dedicated to helping individuals in his community and attorneys in general. The responses posted by this Attorney Smith indicate a high level of knowledge in his field and he evidences the depth of knowledge necessary to represent his clients in a multitude of different matters. I have worked with many other veterans and have found they are well suited to the practice of law and our way of life. It is with pleasure that I endorse Attorney Hammond and commend him as a veteran and officer of the court. His answers on Avvo are demonstrate a diverse and excellent understanding of general legal principles. I am glad to call him a colleague in this forum."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hammond is an outstanding attorney and a strong and zealous advocate for his clients. In addition he is man of honor and integrity who has served the United States of America in combat. He is the type of attorney and man that I would retain if I ever needed an attorney. I strongly reccommend him personally and professionally."
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Augusta Divorce and separation Lawyer Shawn Patrick Hammond
Shawn Patrick Hammond
Divorce and separation Attorney
Augusta, GA
Licensed for 27 years
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