Jump to Navigation

Joseph L. Hammer

E-mail MeJoseph L. Hammer

Sole Practitioner
Bellevue, Washington
888-898-8482 (Toll Free)

MR. HAMMER received his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University where he graduated cum laude in 1977.  He attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law, (now Seattle University School of Law) graduating in 1983 and was admitted to practice in Washington that same year.

He spent eight years as a trust officer and manager with two major banks.  After leaving the banking industry, Mr. Hammer practiced law with the firm of Foster Pepper & Shefelman (now Foster Pepper, PLLC) before opening his own practice in 1993.
Mr. Hammer has been an instructor in commercial and trust law for the American Institute of Banking. He taught business and corporate law as an instructor in the business and corporate law certificate program in paralegal studies at the University of Washington .

He has been a seminar speaker throughout the state on banking topics including deposit accounts and basic banking law for banking operations personnel.  He is the author of articles on banking, estate and business planning.  He served as a faculty member for one of the Washington State Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Section mid-year meetings.

Mr. Hammer's primary areas of practice include estate planning, probate, guardianships, business planning, general business representation, landlord-tenant and real estate matters.  He and his family reside in Redmond, Washington .  Mr. Hammer is a member of the board of directors of the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce and is an adjunct faculty member at City University .

Background Info:

  • Admitted to practice 1983
  • Experience as manager and trust officer for major banks
  • Practiced with large northwest regional law firm
  • Instructor for Paralegal Certification Program, Business and Corporate Law, University of Washington
  • Served as adjunct faculty member at City University
  • Instructor, Commercial law, American Institute of Banking (AIB)
  • Statewide seminar speaker on "Banking law for Operations Personnel"
  • Author of articles on banking, estate and business planning: "Estate Risks and the Small Business Owner", Trust and Estates, May 1987; "Planning Ahead", semi-monthly magazine column dealing with banking, investment and estate planning issues, 1985-87; "Working with the Wealthy, But Cash Poor Business Owner", Brokers World, December 1993.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Organizations
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Contracts
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Landlord/Tenant

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1983


  • Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • Juris Doctor - 1983
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA - 1977
    • Honors: cum laude


  • "Mr. Hammer served as my attorney for probate matters on two separate occasions. In each case he appeared to me - a lay person - to be very competent. He was easy to work with, provided many helpful suggestions, and allowed me to perform certain clerical functions in order to keep my fee low. And, as to fees, I found his to be very reasonable." -Kal Brauner, Seattle

Office Location

Joseph L. Hammer
14777 NE 40th Street, Suite 201
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: 425-296-1952
Toll Free: 888-898-8482
Fax: 425-732-9495
Map and Directions

Joseph L. Hammer's office is located in Bellevue, Washington, and he represents clients in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Bothell, Sammamish, Kent, Shoreline, Federal Way, Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Issaquah, Kenmore, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Duvall, SeaTac, Tukwila, Lynnwood, Everett, Bremerton, Port, King County, Snohomish County and Kitsap County and throughout the Puget Sound area.

Privacy Policy | Law Firm Marketing by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.