Attorney at Law

Richard E. Hammond - Attorney and Counselor

Richard Hammond has an extensive background in energy, environmental, natural resources, land use planning, and general business law and policy, with emphasis on development and implementation of new policies, programs, technologies, and technology companies. Since 2000, Hammond Law Office has counseled clients with new technologies and delivery models for more efficient, intelligent infrastructure: passenger transit and freight transportation systems; electric distribution & transmission grids; data communications systems; waste-to-energy conversion systems; renewable energy and energy storage applications.

Richard was involved for over a decade in diverse counsel and business capacities toward funding, developing, and commercializing GRIDiant Corporation's GRIDfast software technology for real-time simulation, visualization, optimization, and automation of electric power networks using integrated hardware, software, data comms, and automation applications, for improved network transparency, efficiency, reliability, and safe integration of distributed and renewable energy resources. GRIDiant was acquired in 2014 by Landis + Gyr, a Toshiba company.

Columbia Law School, J.D

  • Edward John Noble Fellow
  • Columbia University International Fellows Program: Member, Co-Administrator
  • Admitted to California and New York Bar

Harvard College, B.A. cum laude, American History

For fifteen years, Richard has worked with clients in the US and China toward developing and deploying a new generation of passenger transit and freight transport & delivery systems based on magnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation, applying converging advances in computer assisted design, linear synchronous motors, permanent magnets and electromagnets, real-time sensing and data communication, real-time data analytics and reporting, and automation/AI.

Richard formerly was a partner in an international corporate law firm based in San Francisco. Prior to that he served as an environmental, energy, and legislative consultant to a major gold mining company and trade association; as a Special Assistant to the Governor of California; as Undersecretary for Resources in the State of California Resources Agency; as Senior Energy Advisor in the California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research; and as Legal Counsel to the California Coastal Commission, where he led the research, development, and early applications of the Commission’s initial coastal energy policy and facility siting plans, policies, and procedures.

In 1983 Richard co-founded the Conservation Corps North Bay, the first community-based nonprofit model of a conservation corps. CCNB now is entering its 37th year of young adult job training and education of corpsmembers engaged in county-wide recycling activities and in managing, enhancing, and restoring publicly owned lands, natural systems, and recreational facilities in California’s Marin and Sonoma Counties. http://ccnorthbay.org. In the same year, he co-founded the nonprofit East Bay Conservation Corps, now Civicorps, in Oakland, CA. https://www.cvcorps.org, and consulted in formation of the nonprofit San Francisco Conservation Corps, https://www.sfcc.org. There are now 13 certified local conservation corps in California, https://calocalcorps.org.

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