Providing legal excellence for over 65 years in Kentucky

Michael E. Hammond

Michael E. Hammond

Martindale - Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of Professional Excellence | 2024
Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Peer Rated for High Professional Excellence 2023
Martindale Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of professional Excellence | 2022
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Michael Hammond is a partner in the law firm of Landrum & Shouse LLP in Lexington and Louisville, KY. Since his admission to the Kentucky Bar in 2000, he has dedicated his legal career to civil trial practice. Mike has tried cases in Louisville and Lexington and throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky. Mike has frequently represented trucking companies, construction companies and contractors, and individuals in cases dealing with personal injury, products liability, wrongful death, and contractual claims. Mike has also represented multiple insurance companies in bad faith litigation throughout Kentucky’s state and federal courts. Mike is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and the Defense Research Institute. He has addressed fellow attorneys and insurance representatives about truck accidents, the claims handling process, and the investigation and defense of motor vehicle accident lawsuits at numerous legal seminars. He has also taught deposition and trial skills to University of Kentucky law students for many years.

Mike holds an “AV” Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell as a trial lawyer, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He also was selected as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for 2013-2017, an honor limited to no more than 5% of Kentucky attorneys.

Mike is married and is the father of one daughter. He is an active member of Christ the King Cathedral and has served as a coach for many years at Lexington Catholic High School. He spends most of his free time coaching or practicing whatever sport is in season with his daughter or following University of Kentucky athletics.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Centre College of Kentucky, Danville, Kentucky
    • B.S. - 1997
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2002

Practice Areas

  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trucking Defense
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Gas Company Defense
  • Wrongful Death Defense
  • Auto Negligence Defense
  • Property Damage Defense
  • Insurance Subrogation

Published Works

  • Truck Accident Litigation from Start to Finish, NBI, Inc., 2008
  • Is it a Crime to Bet on the Net?, In Gambling Who Wins? Who Loses 132-149 (Prometheus), 2003

Representative Cases

  • CINCINNATI INSURANCE COMPANY, Appellant/Cross-Appellee v. Raymond SAMPLES, Appellee/Cross-Appellant, 192 S.W.3d 311, Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Lauren Savage, et al. v. Copart of Connecticut, et al., 12-CI-06824, Jefferson County (KY) Circuit Court


  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2023, Insurance Law and Litigation- Defendants in Lexington

Classes & Seminars

  • Trucking Litigation From Start to Finish, NBI, Inc., 2006 to 2008

Past Positions

  • Landrum & Shouse, LLP, Associate Attorney, 2000 to 2006

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Delta Theta

Professional Associations

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association, Member, 2005 to Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2000 to Present
  • Transportation Law Association, Member, 2013 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner