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Meridth Hammer is running for Cook County Judge in the Democratic Primary on June 28th 2022.

Meridth is an attorney with over 20 years of experience specializing in the areas of Real Estate law, Contract law, and Trust & Estate Planning. She formerly served as Deputy General Counsel to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. As Deputy General Counsel for the Clerk of the Courts, she has a unique view into the inner workings of the largest court system in the country.

Meridth Hammer is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Indiana and the District of Columbia.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University.

She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Hammer Legal Group LLC (HLG), and also founder of Project5000 Inc., a real estate development firm.  Meridth has served as a Professor at Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College.

Meridth moved to Washington D.C. after law school, but she returned home to care for her mother who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001 and given 18 months to live.

Meridth moved back home and lived with her parents supporting her father while they cared for her mother. After well over 19 years, her mother succumbed to liver disease in 2019.

With the same determination and resolute spirit that helped her mother overcome leukemia, Meridth continues to fight through her legal practice, mentorship and coaching seminars to empower the Underserved and Underrepresented.

As Senior Compliance Officer for the Indiana Home Energy Conservation Program Compliance Monitoring Services, Meridth led the team at HLG  performing compliance monitoring for over thirty (30) statewide American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded community housing and development organizations.

In 2011, Ms. Hammer served as Lead Escrow Agent for Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority performing cost accounting, accounts payable and cash management functions to ensure those homeowners in mortgage foreclosure would receive payment towards their mortgages and property tax bills.  Also in 2011, Ms. Hammer served as Legal Counsel for Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA), Office of Medicaid Policy & Planning working within the court system to ensure FSSA’s compliance with probate and estate laws for Medicaid recipients.

In 2014, Meridth Hammer co-founded Project5000 a real estate development firm tasked with creating 5000 homeowners in major cities across the country. As part of the Project5000 initiative, coaching seminars and talks are held in cities like Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville KY to name a few, teaching concepts like leaving a Legacy to our future posterity, Building Wealth, Empowerment, Personal Spiritual and Financial Development, and Creating Residual Income.

  • Meridth Hammer has spent her career as a public servant. 
  • Meridth Hammer has the education, the experience and, the commitment to fair and equitable justice under the law. 
  • Meridth Hammer will continue to strive to hear those voices of the Underserved and Underrepresented.
  • Meridth Hammer will be an asset to the Cook County Judiciary.