Joseph W. Hammes
Joseph W. Hammes

Joseph W. Hammes is an attorney with Tucker | Hester, LLC.  He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 3, 1946.  Joe has practiced law in Indiana since 1972 and has been named Indiana Super Lawyer for five consecutive years.  He has also praticed as a Trial Attorney for the Office of the Attorney General, State of Indiana, from 1972-73 and as a Chief Trial Attorney, Eminent Domain Section for the Office of the Attorney General, State of Indiana, from 1973-75.  Joe has been a chapter 7 bankruptcy panel trustee since 1979.


"Practical Aspects of Trial Preparation and Compensation Issues in Eminent Domain," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (1991)

"Bankruptcy Trustee Avoidance Actions in General, Preferences and Fraudulent Conveyances," Heritage Professional Publishing Seminar (1997)

"Relocation Assistance? More Than Just Compensation," ICLEF (1997)

"Advising Clients Prior to Condemnation", "Just Compensation", "Taking Property By Eminent Domain" and "Civil Procedure Relating to Eminent Domain"; National Business Institute Land Use Planning and Eminent Domain in Indiana Seminars (1997; 1998; 2002; 2004)

"Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation," ICLEF (2003, 2005)

"Reacquire Existing 'Right-of-Way,' or Highway Robbery," NBI (2004)

“Discovery & Highway Robbery,” ICLEF (2005)

“Eminent Domain in Indiana after Kelo,” ICLEF Annual Real Estate Institute (2006)

“Eminent Domain in Indiana”, Indiana Farm Bureau (2008)

“Eminent Domain in the 21st Century”, Indiana Judicial College (2008) 

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A.B. University of Notre Dame in 1968

J.D. Indiana University School of Law in 1972

Bar Memberships:
Indiana, 1972

Court Admissions:

N.D. Indiana District Court

S.D. Indiana District Court


Indianapolis Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association

American Bar Association (Litigation Section; Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committee)

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

Distinguished Fellow: Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Practice Areas:
Eminent Domain, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Business Law.