Mar 20, 2023
This week Ivy Slater, host of Her Success Story, chats with her guest, Anne Hamer. The two talk about motherhood, mediation, and the “self competitiveness” that has helped Anne to be so successful and continue to expand her legal firm.
In this episode, we discuss:
How she started her legal career
Why she took a ten year hiatus, and what challenges she was presented with upon return
Why she suggests that everyone take full advantage of the continuing education that your field offers
What horrible experience in her life became the most valuable experience in her career
What motivated her to open her own firm, and where she found the most support in the beginning
What Anne sees as the most important pieces of setting your firm up for success
How Anne intends to inform and empower people who are getting divorced with her book
What advice she has for women who have started a career and taken a pause
Anne focuses her divorce practice on high asset, high conflict cases. She believes that divorce should be handled with professionalism and discretion, and works to diffuse destructive, expensive tactics from overly aggressive opposing counsel, always aiming to maintain the clients’ privacy while preserving assets for settlement. Anne draws from her extensive litigation experience, as well as her work as a trained mediator, to obtain results her clients can not only live with but live well.
Raising her two children as a single mother has taught her many life lessons that go beyond traditional legal services. When it comes to parenting, winning an argument or dispute is not always the most important goal. Serving a child’s best interest can require standing up for what is right or reaching a smart compromise. Either way, guiding parents through these mine fields is very rewarding. Anne works with her clients to develop parenting plans that allow the children to thrive in a new family structure.
A nationally recognized speaker for family lawyers, Anne was recently invited to present to the ABA Family Law Section Spring Conference. She has taught continuing education seminars for the Memphis Bar Association, American Bar Association and Tennessee Society of CPAs. Anne has successfully completed the prestigious ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy course at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and was a member of the inaugural class of Tennessee Leadership. She currently practices law in Memphis at Taylor, Bean & Hamer and in Nashville at Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoyand Ford, PLLC. Anne co-founded and successfully grew the family law department at Wicker Smith in Nashville to a regionally recognized practice.
A leader in the legal community, Anne is a 2022 inductee to Super Lawyers. She served as chair of the Family Law Committee of the Memphis Bar Association in 2012. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys. Anne served as the Social Committee Co-Chair of the Memphis Bar Association in 2020 and on the Family Law CLE Committee of the Nashville Bar Association in 2019.
Anne is active in her community as well, focusing on her children’s education and working to help provide quality public and private educational opportunities for children from all backgrounds. She has served on the Diversity Committee and as a Family Liason for Hutchison School and as PTO Treasurer for the Germantown Municipal School District. In 2021, she chaired a congressional campaign for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District. She served on the Committee to Re-elect Judge Robert Weissin Memphis. Anne firmly believes that financial contributions go hand in hand with volunteer responsibilities.
Before becoming a family law attorney, Anne practiced with Bass, Berry & Sims,PLC in Nashville and Wolff Ardis, P.C. in Memphis, handling complex commercial and products liability litigation. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1996 and magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee in 1989,where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
For fun, Anne travels with her two daughters, both of whom are adopted and Hispanic. They travel to Mexico annually to foster the girls’ relationships with their birth families, practice Spanish and experience the rich Mexican culture. Anne spends her free time driving to her girls’ athletic and social events. She loves Napa Valley, New York City and snow skiing anywhere. Her new favorite exercise is lifting barbells. She also enjoys golf and tennis.