DON HAMMER, JD
Don Hammer earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University. He was also Clerk to Justice Howard Tryan, Illinois Supreme Court (1975-76). His practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution. He is a Court Certified Divorce Mediator of the 11th Circuit, handling custody issues since 1986 and financial issues since 2005. Don is a Court Certified Civil Mediator and Court Certified Arbitrator (Chair) for the 11th Circuit, a Department of Justice Mediator, a private business and divorce mediator, a mediator for the Illinois Agriculture Mediation Program through Southern Illinois University, and a Hearing Officer for the State Universities Civil Service System. Don has had previous mediation experience in the areas of child abduction cases (Child Find), Department of Child and Family Services, Victim-Offender Reconciliation (VORP), and insurance claims. He also was an Associate Professor of Politics and Government/Paralegal Studies at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, and was an adjunct faculty member providing mediation training at Aurora University.