Managing Director, Senior Investment Officer
In her role as Managing Director and Senior Investment Officer, Laina Hammond helps guide Validity’s strategic growth into new and expanded markets and avenues for investment. Laina also serves as a trusted strategic partner to trial attorneys and clients seeking to manage financial risk. Leveraging her extensive litigation and funding experience, Laina leads Validity’s origination, review, and negotiation of new litigation investment opportunities. She also oversees the monitoring and analysis of the company’s funded cases and helps develop and manage Validity’s investment strategies.
Since co-founding Validity in 2018, Laina and her Validity team have worked on the cutting edge of commercial litigation funding, investing in both individual cases and law firm case portfolios. She and her team efficiently evaluate case merits and structure deals that provide companies and law firms the capital and strategic perspective they need to pursue worthy cases without financial constraints.
With more than sixteen years of experience as a trial lawyer representing established and emerging businesses in complex commercial disputes, Laina understands the landscape attorneys and their clients face when pursuing important claims, and is uniquely positioned to help them navigate it.
Laina is a recognized leader in litigation finance and has been named among Lawdragon’s “Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance” and selected by Who’s Who Legal as a “Thought Leader in Third Party Funding.”
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.