John Hammond DCI Low Res Web

Jon Hammond

Principal, Spokane

I enjoy practicing law in the AEC arena because it is technical in nature and evidence-driven, unlike some other areas of law. It’s gratifying to assist our team behind the scenes as DCI works to deliver professional services that will culminate with impressive and aesthetically pleasing results that improve the built environment.”

Before pivoting to a career in the law, Jon taught English in Mexico for several years. Helping people develop new skills is satisfying in his book. After reflecting on long-term career goals, Jon advanced his professional path by going to law school since he enjoys research, writing, and advocacy. His first foray into specialized litigation began with defending developers who built tract housing in Southern California. Over time, his legal practice expanded to representing contractors, design professionals, and owners. Jon’s insight into the architecture/engineering/construction industries makes him a niche legal expert and valuable resource at DCI.

Jon assists with the firm’s risk management program, corporate governance, and transactional issues. He values giving timely legal opinions to guide the company through situations that can be trying, while always looking for opportunities to chart the best path forward.

If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be?
A teacher. I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the “lightbulb” come on.

What was your favorite class in college?
Freshman Aural Skills with Dan Bukvich at the University of Idaho. I was a music major at the time.

What do you like about the work culture at DCI?
DCI has a wonderful and inclusive corporate culture that is very proactive about offering clients solutions and tackling challenges head-on. It’s refreshing to primarily communicate with non-lawyers on a daily basis after coming from a mostly litigation-based legal practice for the past decade.