Hammer has vast experience litigating high-stakes appeals and critical motions before both federal and state courts.
He is widely published in urban climate change policy and technology research, co-founding the Urban Climate Change Research Network as well as serving on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Energy Policy Task Force for PlaNYC initiative.
Early Life and Education
Steve Hammer is an American lawyer specializing in criminal defense. Born in 1960 and receiving his Bachelor of Arts from University of Florida. Additionally he attended Nova University to study law before being licensed to practice in Florida state courts.
Hammer was cast as Oliver in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name film, an international critical and commercial success. Hammer earned widespread acclaim both from critics and audiences for his performance as Oliver in this highly successful flick.
Hammer has been actively involved with multiple non-profit organizations throughout his career, serving as the Executive Director of Energy Smart Cities Initiative; an initiative providing energy and climate policy training courses to local government officials in China.
Hammer is an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office where he practices within their Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Groups. He has considerable experience handling high stakes appeals and critical motions before both federal and state courts across various subject matter areas – particularly those related to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
He has presented at many conferences such as Pubcon, SMX, Brighton SEO and State of Search. Hammer also hosts podcasts covering different subjects relating to SEO.
He teaches courses on urban energy systems policy and planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson holds three degrees – Ph.D from London School of Economics, an MPP from Harvard University, and B.S from UC Davis – enabling him to complete this role successfully.
Achievement and Honors
Hammer was an Indianapolis newspaper columnist for NUVO for 23 years prior to moving to San Antonio and becoming known for his opinions on music, politics and more.
Hammer was also an accomplished keyboardist in the Mahavishnu Orchestra, playing alongside musicians such as John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Tommy Bolin and Jeff Beck. Additionally he collaborated on recordings with rock artists including Ronnie Lane.
Hammer has been involved with multiple research projects at Ole Miss that focus on environmental and energy systems research. He co-founded and served as director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network – an international consortium which studies climate change from an urban perspective.
Hammer has had an active career beyond rap music. He has made multiple television appearances and published The Craft of Woodworking book in 2013. Additionally, he has taught numerous woodworking workshops.
In 1991, he made an appearance on MTV series Different Lifestyles as MC Hammer with CeCe Winans performing “Five Jive”. Later that same year he appeared alongside a puppet version of himself called MC Elmo on Sesame Street.
Hammer was a longtime columnist for NUVO in Indianapolis, writing about music, politics and local news. Known for his strong liberal political leanings, he ultimately left NUVO but continued writing occasional pieces for its website.
Hammer has used his status as an actor to champion numerous charitable causes including mental health awareness and body positivity initiatives. Additionally, he has participated in charitable work related to cancer research and human rights issues.
He has vast experience in criminal law, having successfully represented thousands of those charged with serious offenses in both state and federal courts across Florida. Furthermore, his skillful legal strategies have proven themselves in civil courtrooms to protect clients who have been hurt due to negligence or wrongdoing of others.
Hammer has been attending Lightning games for more than 14 years and can often be found donning an impressive Bolts outfit. He often sits high up in Section 316 to show his excitement when the game begins.