Hamden was born in Clearwater, Florida, and is a third-generation lawyer. Hamden attended Florida State University, where he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in 1976, followed by his Master’s Degree in Criminology in 1979. Hamden attended Oklahoma City University Law School, and graduated with Honors, in 1983, and after serving as a staff attorney, to the Honorable Patricia Robinson, First District Court of Appeal, he attended the University of Florida, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in taxation, in 1985. Hamden’s practice areas are primarily in the area of trust, estate litigation and fiduciary litigation, including Guardianship litigation, estate planning and probate and trust administration.In 2004 he became associated with the Terry Schiavo case, where he served as trial counsel to Michael Schiavo for several years, appearing on numerous local and national news and information shows, including CNN and Scarborough Country to name a few. Hamden is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America. He served as a Special Master for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, hearing cases under Florida’s Baker Act, was appointed Special Prosecutor by Circuit Judge Thomas E. Penick, to prosecute court-appointed guardians for criminal contempt. Hamden has extensive trial experience handling jury and non-jury trials and has handled complex transactional corporate and commercial matters.Hamden is admitted to the Oklahoma and Florida Bars, as well as the United States District Court, Middle District, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, U.S. Tax Court and the US Supreme Court. Hamden is a frequent speaker at Law Seminars, Bar Association meetings, and numerous other groups. He served as Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and currently serves on the Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins – All Children’s Hospital, and is former Chairman of the Board, and Current Trustee of Directions for Mental Health, Clearwater, Florida, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Clearwater, and is a member of the Dean’s Executive Council, for the Oklahoma City University Law School. Hamden is a Master with the Barney Masterson Inns of Court and has held numerous other voluntary positions, throughout the community.
Inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America ( LCA) as a Fellow
Florida Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
Oklahoma City University Law School – Alumni of the Year 2013
Speaker at the 2016 Joint Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association – “Terri Schiavo Ten Years Later and Other End-of-Life Issues”
Speaker at the Paralegal Association of Florida, Pinellas County Chapter – February, 2016 meeting
Speaker at the SPCA Tampa Bay’s Professional Advisory Committee Seminar on Practical Estate & Charitable Planning. – August, 2016 meeting