Clark R. Hammond's Profile
Clark R. Hammond practices primarily in the area of bankruptcy, commercial and real estate loan defaults and workouts, construction litigation, workout of defaulted municipal and commercial bonds, creditor’s and debtor’s rights, securities litigation and general commercial litigation. He also represents clients in regulatory, administrative and litigation involving the Perishable Agricultural Commodity Act (PACA). Prior to 1989, his work included the representation of corporate debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings and the prosecution of civil actions involving commercial disputes, state and federal securities laws and construction litigation.
He received his B.A. degree from the University of Miami in 1975, and his J.D. degree (cum laude) from Cumberland School of Law in 1984, where he was an Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Clark is a member of Curia Honoris, which is Cumberland’s highest academic honor society. From 1984-85, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Propst, United States District Judge, Northern District of Alabama.
Clark’s honors and awards include Alabama Super Lawyer (Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights), Birmingham Business Journal’s Best of the Bar (Construction Law and Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy), Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization, Construction Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy), and a Mid-South Super Lawyer. Recently, he was the recipient of the 2016 Lawyer of the Year – Construction and 2018 Lawyer of the Year – Construction Litigation in the Birmingham market. He has been given the AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Clark was one of the 11th Circuit contributors for the 2016 ABA Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation – Securities Litigation. Clark also teaches mediation at the University of Alabama School of Law.
When Clark is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and two grandchildren. In addition, he is active in his local church.
Clark is an active official in USA Swimming. He is certified as a National Championship Referee and was a FINA Referee for eight years as a result of being nominated by USA Swimming for that position. He was the former Chair of the National Officials Committee, which oversees the officiating of competitive swimming, and was formerly the Chair of the Rules and Regulations Committee, which is responsible for setting the rules and regulations governing competitive swimming. Currently, Clark was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors for the 2021-25 term.
- Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., cum laude, 1984
- The University of Miami, B.A., 1975
- Alabama, 1984
- U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
- Johnston Barton Proctor and Rose LLP, 2000 - 2014
- Balch & Bingham LLP, 1989 - 2000