Michael B. Hamar has practiced law in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area of Virginia since 1983, with his practice concentrated in the areas of banking, real estate development and finance, commercial and corporate transactions, and tax-exempt financing. Prior to returning to Virginia, Mr. Hamar was in private practice in Mobile, Alabama, and served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 50 corporation in Houston, Texas, where he was responsible for various legal aspects of domestic and international oils and gas exploration and production, gas processing and marketing, and various international projects.
Mr. Hamar currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Virginia College Building Authority. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Alabama State Bar and the State Bar of Texas, and is admitted before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Mr. Hamar received his B.A. (With High Distinction) in History and his Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Virginia. Mr. Hamar has been active in a variety of community, civic and charitable organizations and is a past board member of Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads. Until his resignation in 2002, Mr. Hamar was a member of and activist in the Republican Party of Virginia and served as campaign co-chairman in the City of Virginia Beach for former Virginia Attorney General Mark L. Earley’s 2001 campaign for Governor of Virginia. Mr. Hamar resides in Norfolk, Virginia, and has three children.