Founding Partner

DONOVAN M. HAMM

education

  • J.D., University of Maryland, cum laude 1979
  • B.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1966

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Maryland
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands
1946-2019

ATTORNEY HAMM

biography

Donovan M. Hamm, Jr., was a prominent Virgin Islands lawyer who was dedicated and committed to serving his clients, both individuals and businesses alike. His admirable reputation preceded him, as humility, grace, kindness, and intelligence were the hallmarks of his service and the impact on others’ lives. On May 25, 2019, Hamm passed away from cancer at the age of 73. He had a longstanding and accomplished career in law and was well respected among his peers and community at large. Hamm earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1966 and subsequently, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1979, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review. He  proudly served in the United States Armed Forces. He was a managing partner at a prestigious law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He was recognized for his distinguished service as Chairman of the Section Council of Real Property Planning and Zoning of the Maryland Bar Association and on the Governor’s Commission on Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners’ Associations. He was one of the original lecturers at Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc., the Maryland Judicial Institute, and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He moved to the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in 1992, where he practiced law for over 27 years. He enjoyed serving individuals and organizations’ legal needs in the public and private sector and did so with great dedication. He was a founding partner at Hamm & Barry, Hamm & Eckard, and McChain, Hamm, and Eckard. Today he is honored as a founding partner at McChain, Hamm, and St. Jean, LLP, where he is deeply regarded and revered for his legal career excellence, breadth of knowledge in all law matters, and his exemplary leadership and partnership.  Hamm is survived by his beloved wife, Linda; sister Bonnie Hamm; brother William Watt Hamm; and brother-in-law Paul Vettori. 

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