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Richard Hamar

Mr. Hamar was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has resided in Scarsdale, New York, Miami, Florida, Brownsville, Texas, and San Francisco, California and presently resides in Beverly Hills, California. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and J.D (law degree) from the University of Miami. He is married to his partner, Maria Rivas Hamar. They are the proud parents of two daughters who are college students at Columbia University in New York and Emerson College in Boston.

Mr. Hamar is bilingual in English and Spanish and is proficient in Italian. He has litigated or managed litigation throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

Mr. Hamar has been the judicial advisor to a South American nation, its Minister of the Exterior and the Office of the Consulate for the last ten years.

He forms partnerships, corporations and LLC's, and drafts business agreements.

Mr. Hamar is also a trial and appellate lawyer in complex federal and state matters. Some noteworthy cases are summarized in this web site. A more particular description of his cases, his skills and media stories about his court cases can be found in

Mr. Hamar is a frequent lecturer. He is also a published writer.


Supreme Court of the United States, admitted 1994

State Bar Memberships:

  • State of California, admitted 1970
  • State of Florida, admitted 1970
  • State of Hawaii, admitted 1999

Federal Appellate Courts:

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, admitted 1971
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, admitted 1972
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, admitted 1982

Federal District Courts:

  • Southern District of Florida, admitted 1970
  • Northern District of California, admitted 1971
  • District of Arizona, admitted 1987
  • Central District of California, admitted 1988
  • Southern District of California, admitted 1991
  • Middle District of Florida, admitted 1992

Federal Courts admitted for particular cases:

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Southern District of Georgia
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • District of South Carolina
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Middle District of Alabama
  • Middle District of Tennessee

State Courts admitted for particular case:

  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico
  • New York


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