Chief Legal Council
This veteran attorney brings nearly 30 years of seasoned legal expertise & an impressive repertoire of degrees & professional designations to our organization.
Mr. Hammond serves as national counsel on matters relating to property insurance coverage, fire and explosion cases, bad faith, and as counsel to corporate executives, municipalities and elected officials on high-profile business and municipal litigation cases. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor on Insurance Law for the John Marshall Law School, and as an expert witness on insurer bad faith and insurance law and coverage issues.
Before practicing law, Rick was the Assistant Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance’s Chicago office, and also served as the Executive Director of a national insurance trade association, the Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC). Rick also held managerial positions in property claims and agency for two national insurance carriers.
Mr. Hammond is Past-President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, formerly served on the faculty and Board of Directors of the Insurance School of Chicago, and he is a columnist for the International Association of Special Investigation Units’ (IASIU) magazine, “SIU Today.”
Rick is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and Chair of their Property Insurance Coverage Section. He is also the former Illinois State Representative of DRI.
In 2008, Mr. Hammond was one of two attorneys in the country selected by the Lexis Nexis Insurance Law Center to receive its “Insurance Lawyer of the Year Award.” He was recognized by Lexis Nexis and his peers as having effectively advanced insurer positions and helped to improve insurance law from the perspective of insurers. Rick was also recently inducted into the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel, an organization that is composed of preeminent coverage and extra-contractual attorneys in the United States and Canada.
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