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Judge David M. Hammer

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Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit (Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties)

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Judge Hammer was elected in May 2018. He is a 1985 graduate of Temple University and a 1988 graduate of the College of William & Mary, Marshall Wythe School of Law. Judge Hammer currently serves as the Supervising Judge of Jefferson County as well as its Drug Treatment Court Judge. He is a member of the West Virginia Judicial Association.

Before his election he worked for 26 years at Hammer, Ferretti & Schiavoni, which he co-founded in 1992. He concentrated his practice primarily in employment law, wage and hour, and municipal law. He served as President of the West Virginia Employment Lawyers and as President of the West Virginia Association of Justice. He also served as chairman of the Amicus Curiae committees of both organizations. He is a co-drafter of the West Virginia Voluntary Farmland Protection Act and was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to serve on the West Virginia Agricultural Land Protection Authority.

Judge Hammer is a volunteer youth soccer referee. He and his wife, Effie, live in Shepherdstown and have two daughters and a son.