Recognition & Awards
Larry Hammond is the most senior member of the Firm’s investigations and criminal defense group. Larry’s practice, for many years, has focused primarily on criminal defense – both white collar and general criminal representation. He has also been extensively involved in complex civil litigation.
Larry came to the predecessor of this Firm in 1974, after clerkships on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, two Supreme Court Clerkships (for Justice Hugo L. Black and Lewis F. Powell, Jr.), and after serving as Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor. Shortly after his arrival in Arizona, however, he left and spent the next four years as the First Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. At the end of the Carter Administration, he returned to Osborn Maledon and has remained here since.
Larry is often known best for his work in very high profile criminal cases, including his extensive work on behalf of the indigent defense community. He is a founder of the Arizona Justice Project, serving as its President for 17 years. He also helped found the Arizona Capitol Representation Project to assist inmates charged or convicted of capital crimes, and has served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Indigent Defense Task Force since its creation 20 years ago. He also served as President of the American Judicature Society – an organization devoted to improving the administration of justice in America.
Over his career, Larry has tried many cases – both civil and criminal. He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2013. In that same year, he received the highest career litigation award given by the American Bar Association. When asked about other awards he has received, Larry has often said that he takes the greatest pleasure from his receipt in 1980 of the Department of Justice’s Exceptional Service Award – the highest award given by the Justice Department – an award presented to him by then Attorney General Benjamin J. Civiletti.
Larry takes special pleasure in working with the extraordinary team of lawyers and professionals in Osborn Maledon’s investigation and criminal defense practice.
- Representation of publically traded financial services company, resulting in a high profile settlement and a long-term monitorship.
- Representation and trial on behalf of a large mortgage insurance company wrongfully accused of fraud.
- Representation and trial on behalf of a large telecommunications company accused of anti-trust violations.
- Representation of healthcare providers accused of False Claims Act violations.
- Representation and successful resolution of antitrust claims brought against the PGA Tour.
- Representation at request of United States District Court of all Arizona inmates in Protective Segregation. The ultimate resolution (after two sealed) led to the creation of a model system to protect at-risk inmates.
- Jury trials in three Arizona death penalty cases.
- Served as lead counsel in nine federal death penalty cases in Arizona, New Mexico and California.
- Proposed and assisting in successfully amending the Arizona Ethical Rules to require prosecutorial disclosure of exculpatory evidence in all criminal cases.
- Representation at the request of the United States Marshall Service of a person released under the Federal Witness Protection Program.
- Representation of all Black elementary school children in the Tucson School Desegregation case. The Order in that case is still in place today.
- Osborn Maledon Attorneys Named in Chambers Guide
Twelve attorneys in the Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, P.A. were selected as “Leaders in Their Field” for Chambers USA 2014 by Chambers and Partners, an international firm that ranks U.S. attorneys.
- Osborn Maledon Practice Groups and Attorneys Ranked as Tops in Chambers Guide
Three practice areas in the Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, P.A. received the highest possible ranking among Arizona law firms for the ninth year in a row in the 2013 ranking by the prestigious legal resource guide, Chambers USA.
- Four Osborn Maledon Partners Named 'Lawyer of the Year'
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named four Osborn Maledon, P.A. partners as 2013 Lawyers of the Year. Tom Curzon was recognized as "Phoenix Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year," Brett Dunkelman was honored as “Phoenix Litigation-Patent Lawyer of the Year,” Larry Hammond was selected "Phoenix Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" and Bill Maledon was named “Phoenix Litigation-Antitrust Lawyer of the Year”.
- 23 Osborn Maledon, P.A. Lawyers Named ‘Best’ in National Publication
Twenty-three of the 51 attorneys in the Phoenix law firm of Osborn Maledon, P.A. have been singled out for national recognition in the new 2012 edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
- Osborn Maledon, P.A. Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers List
Fourteen of the 49 attorneys at Osborn Maledon, P.A., a Phoenix law firm, have been named to the Southwest Super Lawyers 2011 list.
- Osborn Maledon, P.A. Practice Groups and Attorneys Ranked as Tops in Chambers Guide
Three practice areas in the Phoenix law firm of Osborn Maledon, P.A. received the highest possible ranking among Arizona law firms for the seventh year in a row in the 2011 ranking by the prestigious legal resource guide, Chambers USA.
Arizona Business Magazine, Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, 2015
Phoenix Best Lawyers®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year, 2013
John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award, 2013.
Arizona State Bar Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award, 2013.
Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Justice for All Award, 2013.
Order of the Samaritan for Public Service and Criminal Justice, University of Alabama School of Law, March 2011
The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defense Lawyers, 2011
Career Service Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center - Morris Dees Justice Award, 2010
Larry Hammond Endowed Criminal Law Scholarship at the James R. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, established in 2008
Justice Award, The American Judicature Society, 2008
John Flynn Award, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 2008
Maricopa County Hall of Fame, 2008
Distinguished Honorary Alumnus Award, University of Arizona Law School, May, 2004
Judge Learned Hand Award for Community Service, Arizona Chapter of American Jewish Committee, March, 2003
Arizona State Bar Foundation Walter E. Craig Award for Career Service, 2001
President's Commendation, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, January, 1997 and 1999
Civil Libertarian of the Year, Arizona Civil Liberties Union, 1993, 2000
Pro Bono Service Award, State Bar of Arizona, 1991
Exceptional Service Award, U.S. Justice Department, 1980
Federal Younger Lawyer of the Year, 1980
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2004-2015
The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 1995-2015
Best of the Bar, Business Journal, Pro Bono, 2005
Southwest Super Lawyers, Top 50 Arizona Attorneys, 2007-2010, 2014-2015
Southwest Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2007-2015
Arizona's Finest Lawyers
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2011
American Judicature Society, President and member of Executive Committee, 2003-2005, Board of Directors, 1995-2007, Criminal Justice Reform Committee, Chair 1992-2014
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Justice Project President, 1998-present
American Bar Association, Biological Evidence Task Force, 2003-2005
American Bar Association, Task Force on War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia, 1993-1995
Arizona Capital Representation Project, of Directors, 1988-present, Vice President, 1988-present
Arizona State Bar Association, Indigent Defense Task Force, 1995-present
Human Rights First, Lawyer Steering Committee (formerly known as the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights)
Elon University College of Law (Visiting Professor; Advanced Criminal Procedure) 2008
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (Adjunct Professor of Law: Advanced Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty, Presidential Powers, Advanced Civil Discovery, and Ethics)
University of Arizona College of Law (Adjunct Professor of Law: Presidential Powers), 1995
Arizona State University Undergraduate School (Guest Faculty Member: Death Penalty, Practicum re: The Justice Project)
Birmingham City University, School of Law, United Kingdom, (Visiting Professor; Center for American Legal Studies)
St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Tutor: Seventeenth Century Literature - 1983)
University of New Mexico School of Law (Trial Practice - 1983)
- Arizona Justice Project founder Larry A. Hammond speaks about the cases that have “gut-hooked” him
Southwest Super Lawyers, May 2014
- Sentence Must be Fair: Death-Penalty Defendants Need Competent Attorneys
The Arizona Republic, May 12, 2012
- Capital Case Crisis in Maricopa County, Arizona: A response from the Defense
Judicature, March / April 2012
- Innocent Until Interrogated
Law Journal for Social Justice, May 2, 2011
- John Sears, John J. Flynn Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
The Defender, April 21, 2011
- Why Should You Oppose the Death Penalty?
The Arizona Republic, April 15, 2011
- Opinion: What Did Jeffrey Landrigan's Execution Teach Us About Respect?
Maricopa Lawyer, November 6, 2010
- Protecting Moscow from the Soviets -- Book Review
- Napolitano will Defend State Death Penalty Law before Supreme Court
The Arizona Republic, April 21, 2002
Opinion, Ariz. case to test rights of convicted in Supreme Court, The Arizona Republic, October 4, 2011
Viewpoint, The failure of forensic science reform in Arizona, Judicature, May-June 2010
Sotomayor is Newest Face in a Long Line of Heroes, The Arizona Republic, August 10, 2009 (author)
Editorial for Judicature, Setting Forensic Science on a New Path, March-April 2009 (unsigned editorial co-authored with Dr. Barry Fisher of the Los Angeles County Crime Laboratory)
Counsel for The Indigent Accused in Death Penalty Cases, The Defender (Winter 2006), co-author
Presentation: Speech to the Harris County Bar The Landscape of Criminal Justice: Texas and Beyond, May 21, 2004
Justice Project Editorial, Why Gideon Mattered to Hugo Black, The Champion, January/February 2003 (reprinted in The Defender, April 2003)
Editorial, Justice Project: 5 Year Report, The Defender, January 2003
Editorial, Restoring Confidence in the Criminal Justice System, Judicature, 2002 (unsigned)
Justice Project: Status Report and Update, The Defender, July 2002
Scrutiny a Must in Criminal Cases, The Arizona Republic, January 2002 (Co-author)
Capital Punishment in Arizona and The "New" Death Penalty Debate, The Defender, June 2001 (Co-author)
Popular Culture and The Death Penalty, The Defender, July 2000 (Co-author)
Aiding the Incarcerated, Litigation Magazine, Winter 2000 (Co-author)
Aryan Brother's legacy is safer prison system, The Arizona Republic, February 6, 2000 (Co-author)
The Justice Project: Y2 OK!, The Defender, January 2000 (Co-author)
Worldwide Concern: We Should Offer Global Support to Those Fighting for Human Rights Anywhere, Arizona Journal, August 9, 1999 (Co-author)
Editorial on Felony Murder: Bad Law Needs Reining in for Sake of Fairness, Arizona Republic, May 14, 1999
May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment, Judicature, November-December 1998
U.S. Has Everything to Gain From an International Criminal Court, Nov. 9, 1998 Arizona Journal (reprinted in the Colorado Journal, Nevada Journal, and Washington Journal)
Prisons Lack Commitment to Safety, Arizona Republic, April 12, 1998 (Co-author)
Arizona's Crisis in Indigent Capital Representation, Arizona Attorney, March 1998 (Co-author)
Observations on the Mock Impeachment Trial of Abraham Lincoln, 40 Ariz.L.Rev. 351 (1998)
Editorial on Capital Execution: Jose Ceja Didn't Deserve to Die, Arizona Republic, January 25, 1998
New Rules, on Indigent Representations, Arizona Attorney, February, 1997 (Co-author)