Mike founded the firm in 1991 as a way to have more time to play golf. To date, it has not improved his score but, he remains hopeful. In 2016, the firm celebrated 25 years of “Throwing One Starfish Back Each Day” Before beginning Hammond Law Group, Mike served as an associate at Benjamin, Yocum, and Heather handling civil trial work. When not working, Mike likes to spend time with his two children Ben and Kelsey and his grandson, Jax born in 2010. Jax is a pool lover so free time is spent grilling out, swimming and listening to Minecraft stories ! Ben is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Business Management. He is the General Manager of a Panera store in Columbus, Ohio. Kelsey is Jax’s mom and works at the firm as a paralegal. She is the artistic one in the family and for Christmas of 2010 presented Mike with a beautiful drawing of Jax which adorns his office.
Mike enjoys all types of sports and regularly plays basketball and enjoys hot yoga. He is an avid University of Cincinnati Bearcats fan. He ran his 1st half-marathon in 2012 when a client dared him that he couldn’t do it. Thanks Liz. It was such a fun experience, he has made the Miami Half-marathon a January tradition. From 2000 until 2005, Mike coached a girls select basketball team, the Ice Angels and during that time, they won over 95% of their games, won 1 national tournament and 2 international tournaments, one in London, England, and the other in San Marino, Italy. They also won over 25 other regional and local tournaments and played throughout the U.S., even making two trips to Hawaii. Mike and his brother Robert attend spring training baseball games in Florida each March. Mike’s youngest brother Jonathan is a recent law school grad and is working at the firm. Mike is an avid reader, and usually reads a book a week. His favorite works of fiction include Cosmic Banditos, Missing Links, Catcher in the Rye, The Dive from Claussen’s Pier and Bright Lights, Big City. His non-fiction favorites include Same Kind of Different as Me, Love Wins, and When the Caged Bird Sings. You can find him on Sunday mornings teaching elementary school age kids classes at Vineyard Cincinnati.
Mike likes to travel for both business and pleasure. He has traveled internationally to Toronto, Manila, Rome, Munich, Geneva, Paris, and London. He also travels a lot domestically primarily to meet with clients. He frequently meets with clients in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Tampa, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, and Washington D.C. Mike regularly conducts training seminars and internal audits for businesses. He especially enjoys Q & A presentations to groups of computer consultants or healthcare workers.
Mike’s practice focuses on representing corporations in the IT and healthcare sectors. He is the primary contributor to the firm’s Views on Business Immigration blog. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences hosted by TechServe Alliance and Staffing Industry Analysts. He has been named to the The International Who’sWho of Corporate Immigration Lawyers since 2008.