Ms. Hamann is an associate in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She primarily focuses on tort matters, including negligence, products liability, wrongful death and serious injury torts. She also practices in the areas of employment defense and commercial litigation.
Ms. Hamann defends clients against personal injury and negligence-based torts. She has helped clients achieve numerous favorable settlement outcomes through tactical and cost-effective litigation of personal injury cases. While tort cases often involve facts which may lead to emotion-driven jury results, Ms. Hamann specializes in drafting effective motions which ask the court to resolve the matter for defendants based on the law.
Recent representative victories include:
- 2012: Won summary judgment for major retailer on negligent infliction of emotional distress claim made by father who witnessed son's detention by store security and suffered a heart attack.
- 2012: Won summary judgment for major retailer on negligence claims made by survivors of persons murdered by a vengeful neighbor in retailer's parking lot.
- 2013: Won partial summary judgment for major retailer in high-profile litigation involving allegations of a licensee/tenant’s inappropriate conduct with children, obtaining dismissal of claims based on consumer protection and mandatory reporter statutes (with associated triple damages), punitive damages, and vicarious liability claims.
Ms. Hamann also assists clients who face products liability cases, including implants, pumps, and other medical devices. She has helped manufacturers and distributors resolve these cases through motion practice as well as favorable settlements.
Ms. Hamann obtains strong outcomes for employers in the context of human resources administration, administrative proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation. She helps clients obtain dismissals of charges filed with state and federal human rights agencies in Arizona, New Mexico, and nationwide. The majority of discrimination charges which Ms. Hamann handles end with the employer’s position statement; none has ended in a cause finding. Ms. Hamann also assists human resources departments by drafting termination letters; advising employers how to administer employee leaves, reasonable accommodations, accessibility, and similar issues; and creating or revising handbooks and personnel policies. Ms. Hamann helps clients mediate disputes to achieve beneficial results without litigation. If litigation becomes unavoidable, Ms. Hamann engages in effective and targeted motion practice to control the scope of the litigation or eliminate it entirely.
- Wrongful Termination – Ms. Hamann has experience litigating wrongful termination claims, including extensive motion practice.
- Title VII – Ms. Hamann has obtained dismissal of multiple charges of discrimination based on protected characteristics such as race, age, pregnancy, and sex.
- Americans With Disabilities Act – Ms. Hamann has obtained dismissal of charges based on alleged failure to provide reasonable accommodations, in both school and employment contexts. Ms. Hamann has also obtained dismissal of charges involving the intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Title VII issues.
- Family and Medical Leave Act – Ms. Hamann has obtained dismissal of multiple charges of FMLA leave interference and FMLA retaliation, and also advises employers regarding management of FMLA leave. Ms. Hamann has also obtained dismissal of charges involving the intersection of FMLA, ADA, and Title VII issues.
Ms. Hamann works with both plaintiffs and defendants in the general commercial litigation arena. She has helped clients successfully litigate commercial matters including employment contract disputes, construction contract disputes, and commercial lease disputes.
Author, "Replacing Slingshots with Swords: Implications of the Antigua-Gambling 22.6 Panel Report for Developing Countries and the World Trading System," 42 Vand. Transnat'l L. 993, 2009
- "CLIENT ALERT: Quick Updates on Immigration Forms and FMLA Posters," Lewis and Roca LLP Client Alert, March 13, 2013
- "CLIENT ALERT - Overly Broad "At-Will" Employment Disclaimers: The National Labor Relations Board's Latest Target," Lewis and Roca LLP Client Alert, September 10, 2012
- "CLIENT ALERT - Employers Need Not Police Meal Breaks; California Supreme Court Finally Rules in Brinker Case," April 19, 2012
- "Employer Sanctions Update 2011," June 1, 2011