Title/s: Partner, HeplerBroom, LLC
Rick Hammond is a Partner with HeplerBroom, LLC, one of the most experienced and distinguished law firms in the state of Illinois, and with offices throughout the state including Chicago, Edwardsville, Crystal Lake, Springfield, and in Hammond, Indiana and St. Louis, Missouri. He 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 litigation cases. He also serves as an expert witness on insurance law, bad faith and coverage issues, and he is an Adjunct Professor on Insurance Law.
Previously Rick was the Assistant Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance’s Chicago office, and he held managerial positions in property claims and agency for two national insurance carriers. Rick recently returned to his prior role as the Executive Director of the Insurance Committee for Arson Control after serving many years as their General Counsel.
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 Law Committee. He is also the former Illinois State Representative of DRI, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Arrupe College of Loyola University.
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." 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 counsel in the United States and Canada.
BA, Southern Illinois University
CLU, The American College
JD, The John Marshall Law School