Earl (Chip) Hamm Jr.

Chip concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and corporate law, including property and business sale and acquisitions, development, start-up ventures, finance, and government relations. He has broad experience in business and real estate as a private practice attorney, in-house counsel, business owner, and equity investor in entrepreneurial ventures. Chip was previously the National Real Estate Manager and Franchise Development Director at Yum! Brands Inc. and started his career as an attorney at the Woodward, Hobson & Fulton law firm. His clients benefit from his significant experience as an entrepreneur and ability to efficiently deliver legal and business advice.

Representative Matters
  • Represented developer of 950-unit housing development, including complex negotiations with university, local government, and neighboring businesses.
  • Advised a national bank in the design and adoption of an enterprise-wide, real estate and workplace optimization program with a targeted reduction in occupancy costs of approximately $20 million.
  • Structured and completed formation and capital raises for bourbon and spirits companies based in Kentucky, secured alcohol licensing, and negotiated management and branding agreements.
  • Negotiated multiple restaurant formations and capitalizations; negotiated acquisitions or leases on behalf of landlords and tenants.
  • Developed franchise system, including operating manuals and franchise disclosure documents, for multi-state service company.
Education & Clerkship
  • University of Kentucky College of Law, JD (1999)
  • University of Michigan, Masters of Public Policy (1996)
  • Duke University, BA Public Policy Studies (1994)
Honors & Awards
  • Business First Top 40 Under Forty (2002)
  • Leadership Louisville (2010)
Board Positions & Community Service
  • Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, Board of Directors (2009-present)
  • University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors (2008-present) and Chair of the Board of Directors (2013-2015)
  • Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy, Commissioner (2014-2016)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Kentucky Government Relations Chair (2010-2013)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Board of Directors (2008-2013)
  • Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library, President of the Board of Directors (2001-2003)


Entrepreneurial Interests

  • Falls City Hospitality Group, owner of award-winning restaurants, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar (Louisville) and Union Common (Nashville), CEO and Investor (2010-present)
  • The Comfy Cow, ice cream and dessert retailer, winner of 2015 World Dairy Expo, Ice Cream Grand Champion, Development Partner and Investor (2010-present)