R. Talmadge Hammock

R. Talmadge Hammock


Tal handles a variety of civil and litigation matters. He represents clients in business litigation, personal injury litigation (both Plaintiff and Defense), medical malpractice suits and family law matters. He also provides estate planning and handles probate and estate administration. He is committed to providing exceptional legal work for his clients to achieve their goals in the most efficient way possible.


Houston, Texas








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Tal grew up on Galveston Island. After graduating law school in 1995, he went to work for the Apffel Law firm located in Galveston County. Later, he joined the Clear Lake office of Mills Shirley LLP. In 2011, he joined the Slaughter Law Firm as a partner. While the bulk of his work has been in Harris and Galveston Counties, Tal has represented clients across the State of Texas. Tal has been active in Galveston County Bar as well as the State Bar and has frequently been a speaker at seminars aimed at helping young lawyers meet the demands of their new career. He has also acted as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law, teaching a medical malpractice class in 2004 and 2005.


While Tal continues to handle a varied docket with civil litigation matters, in 2011 he received his Mediation Certification. His extensive experience working for Plaintiffs and Defendants gives him a well rounded perspective to help parties resolve their differences.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff and Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Family Law
  • Probate/Estate Planning
  • Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • State Of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1995


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – 1995
  • Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas
    • B.A. – 1991

Published Works

  • The Changing World of Medical Malpractice/Personal Injury Law, Texas Bar Journal, January, 2007
  • Finding the Balance Between Your Career and the Rest of Your Life, Texas Bar Journal, February, 2006


  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Medical Malpractice, South Texas College of Law, 2004 – 2005
  • Fundamentals of Handling Personal Injury Cases, Practice Skills for New Lawyers, State Bar of Texas CLE, 2007
  • Presenter, Crossroad: Mapping out the Rest of Your Career, State Bar of Texas CLE, 2006
  • How the Bar Can Help Your Practice, Texas Minority Attorney Program, State Bar of Texas CLE, 2005
  • Obtaining and Maintaining Clients, The New Lawyer Course, (Co-Presenter), State Bar of Texas CLE, 2004
  • Course Co-Director, The New Lawyer Course, State Bar of Texas CLE, 2004
  • I Have a New Client – Now What do I Do, The New Lawyer Course, State Bar of Texas CLE, 2004
  • Liens and Subrogation Interests, Spring 2003 Ad Litem Seminar, Galveston County Bar Association
  • Handling Personal Injury-Automobile Claims and Stacking Policies, Mainland Bar Association, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Galveston County, 2000 – 2001
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, 2003 – 2004
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, 2004 – 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Galveston County Bar Association, Member, 1995 – Present
  • Galveston County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002 – 2004

Hammock Law Firm: Houston, Texas; League City, Webster, Galveston, Hitchcock, Pearland, Texas City, Friendswood, La Marque, Dickinson, Santa Fe; Galveston County, Harris County; Texas; Clear Lake.

1002 Gemini Street, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77058

Phone: 281.667.4128
Fax: 281.676.3773