Full Name
Laina Hammond
Job Title
Investment Manager
Company
Validity Finance
Speaker Bio
Laina Hammond is Investment Manager and head of the Validity Finance Houston Office which has had a presence in Texas for almost three years. She is also a former partner at Shipley Snell. Laina and her Validity team work on the cutting edge of commercial litigation funding – investing in both individual cases and law firm case portfolios.  In her role, Laina handles everything from finding the right cases to structuring the financial terms of Validity’s investment and monitoring the case through the course of litigation. Laina’s more than sixteen years as a trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial and energy litigation uniquely position her to identify and work with talented lawyers with strong cases and great clients.  Armed with that experience, Laina and her team are able to quickly evaluate case merits and structure deals that provide companies and law firms the capital they need to pursue worthy cases without financial constraints.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas Plan II Honors Program, Laina earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.  After law school, she served as Law Clerk for the Honorable John D. Rainey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.  Before joining Validity, Laina was a Principal at Shipley Snell Montgomery, LLP, a premier Houston commercial litigation boutique, where she gained significant first- and second-chair trial experience
Laina Hammond