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 21 years. He also helped found the Arizona Capital Representation Project to assist inmates charged or convicted of capital crimes, and served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Indigent Defense Task Force. In 2005-2007, Larry was the 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.
"Interviewees appreciate the "decades of experience" Larry Hammond possesses as well as the way he "brought some real perspective to the practice." Another deems him to be "the dean of the white-collar Bar" in Arizona. Hammond is renowned for his work on high-profile cases. He is also the founder and president of the Arizona Justice Project." - Chambers USA 2018
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.