Ross A. Hammersley
Ross practices environmental, energy, municipal, zoning, land use, real estate, and small business law. He is a cum laude graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State Law Review from 2005 to 2006.
During law school Ross served as the Vice-President of the Environmental Law Society, where he developed and organized a symposium for state lawmakers, practitioners, and members of the legal academic community entitled Michigan’s Water Debate: A Discussion on the Future of Water Law and Policy in 2005. He also took part in the Mexican Legal Studies program in Guadalajara, studying the comparative law of indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, NAFTA and the potential impact of international trade disputes on the environment. In law school Ross was awarded Juris Prudence Awards in his courses on NAFTA and Water Law. He also worked for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on water law and hydrocarbon pollution issues, as well as for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Brownfield redevelopment projects.
Prior to joining Olson, Bzdok & Howard, Ross practiced general civil litigation with Frank, Haron, Weiner and Navarro, PLC, with specialties in real estate and municipal law, administrative law, and fraud prevention and whistleblower protection under the federal False Claims Act.
Ross received his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan with a focus on Resource Ecology and Management. Prior to entering law school Ross worked to restore native grassland habitats with Audubon California, advocated and organized support for renewable energy legislation and wilderness protection with Environment California, promoted corporate environmental responsibility with Ecopledge.com, and taught environmental education to middle school children in both Michigan and Vermont.
Ross is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts of both the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.
Ross was published in the Winter 2009 issue of the Michigan Medical Law Report with an article titled “Under the Radar – ‘Wyeth v. Levine’ and the stealth revision of regulatory rulebooks that could preclude scores of state-level tort claims.” He also co-authored an article with Chris Bzdok entitled, “Where Will the Water Go? A Snapshot of Recent Changes in Michigan Water Law,” which appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of the Michigan Real Property Review. His article “Tiger Conservation in a ‘Globalized’ World: Tying Humans, Forests, and Tigers Together,” was published by the Animal Legal and Historical Web Center in May of 2006.