Kenneth Hamner

Kenneth Hamner

Attorney at Law

Orlando
Florida
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FL, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Tax Court, United States District Court Middle District of Florida, United States District Court Southern District of Florida, US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, US Court of International Trade
Florida State University College of Law
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Ken has over 30 years of experience as an attorney, consultant, and accountant. He has significant experience in structuring international and domestic transactions, equity and debt relationships, and negotiating contracts. He manages and directs all primary practice areas of the Entrepreneur Law Center, P.L., a boutique law firm with focused practice areas of business planning, international and domestic transactions, general counsel services, tax, due diligence, angel investor and venture capital services. The Entrepreneur Law Center, P.L. has received more than two dozen internationally recognized awards from a variety of trade… read more publications and serves an international client base. Ken is also the Managing Member of Encompass Advisory Group, an investment banking and consulting firm that offers services in corporate strategy and exit planning, mergers & acquisitions, forensic accounting, fraud investigations, due diligence, outsourced CFO services, valuation, and real estate brokerage services.

Ken serves the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business and Center for Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor, where he teaches graduate courses in Business Plan Development, Mergers and Acquisitions and Intellectual property. These courses are offered to both masters and doctoral students in a wide variety of programs in entrepreneurship, business, engineering, global sustainability, and medicine. As a faculty member, he also helps plan and judge business plan competitions and serves as a guest lecturer in other courses in Venture capital and Private Equity and Exit planning.

Ken also serves as a partner and in a General Counsel capacity for several ventures, including NEST Ventures, LLC, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on technology and life science ventures, International Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute, LLC, a firm developing innovative virtual entrepreneurship education programs and publishing related education books and articles, and Fountain Technologies International, LLC, a firm that develops and licenses nanotechnology patents.

Previously, Ken was the Managing Partner and Director of Corporate, International & Tax Services for a law firm with partners in Orlando and West Palm Beach, Florida. Ken has also served as the Chief Financial Officer for three international companies, where he structured equity and debt financing, and international transactions with suppliers, customers, and distributors. Ken began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he served as an Audit Senior in the audit and advisory services practice. He subsequently served as a Senior Consultant in Ernst & Young’s real estate and financial services consulting practice.

Academically, Ken holds a Juris Doctor and MBA from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from the University of South Florida, a Master of Accounting in Forensic Accounting from Florida Atlantic University, and both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from George Mason University. While studying in Beijing, China at the China University of Political Science and Law he earned a Certificate in Chinese Law. Additionally, while studying at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, he earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution and a Certificate in Mediation. He has also studied foreign investment law at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

Ken has also earned several academic and professional certificates, including from the London School of Economics and Political Science in its certificate in Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, certificates in Online Instruction, Post-Crisis Leadership and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace at the University of South Florida, the University of Oxford in its Artificial Intelligence Programme and the Oxford Venture Finance Programme, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab’s Artificial Implications for Business Strategy certificate program, the MIT Sloan School of Management Entrepreneurship Development Program, and MIT’s Certificate in Digital From AI and IoT to Cloud, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity. He has also studied and completed professional executive education programs at the University of Chicago focused on exit planning and at Loyola University Chicago in mergers and acquisitions.

Ken is licensed to practice law as a Member of the Bar of the Court and Officer of the Court of the Supreme Court of the United States, a Member of the United States District Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts in both the Middle District and Southern District of Florida, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of International Trade, and as a Member of the Florida Bar. He is also a Certified Exit Planning Advisor, a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor, a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Business Intermediary, and is licensed as a Real Estate Broker in Florida.

In 2001, Ken was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Florida State University Business Review, an academic journal focusing on business and legal issues. The FSU Business Review is published by the Florida State University College of Law and has been successful for more than twenty years.
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"I wish there was a "Above & Beyond Excellent Star" to rate him! Highly recommended! " Trustworthy, knowledgeable, professional, understanding, results driven and kind. I am very grateful with Ken Hamner, he is personable and you can tell he really cares about you, he works very diligently to get results. I really appreciate the fact that he treats you as a person and not like a "case" to handle. He goes the extra mile in order to help and he handles everything with utmost care and professionalism. I am proud to be his client and his former student, his mentorship has been and continue to be of the must value for myself and my business"."

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"I am beyond grateful for Kenneth Hamner's exceptional legal guidance and have the utmost confidence working with him on a diverse range of legal matters. He takes the time to truly understand a situation, deconstructs facts utilizing his extensive knowledge base, and creates a strategy which yields results. Ken has mastered both the science and art of the legal profession - understanding the temperature of legal variables and how to navigate difficult decisions with ease. My first experience working with him resulted in an outstanding final outcome, exceeding my expectations and bringing happiness to an otherwise intimidating process. I also praise his position as a Professor, contributing to students' personal and professional growth. I would highly recommend Kenneth Hamner's service to friends, family, and anyone who seeks legal support. Thank you sincerely, Ken!"

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"There are so many challenges an entrepreneur faces when trying to build a business. Ken has been instrumental in developing and keeping my businesses on track from the inception. Because of his range of skill sets with both financial and legal expertise, I am able to use him for most anything that comes up. Ken’s ability to think outside the box, his vast knowledge and experience have proven invaluable. His network of other highly specialized professionals he has amassed over the years has also proven to be a tremendous asset. I highly recommend Ken if you are serious about building and protecting your business."

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"I have had the privilege of working with Ken on various projects as well as being a client. I have found Ken to be one of if not the best attorney I have worked with in the 35+ years of my business career. He is attentive, forthright and is always well prepared. His expertise is second to none. I have and continue to recommend Ken to my business associates, family and friends."

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Work History

University of South Florida

Adjunct Professor

Jan 2015 - Present

Serve on the faculty of the University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship, ranked continuously in the top 15 graduate entrepreneurship program in the United States (Princeton Review). Teach graduate courses in Business Plan Development, Intellectual Property, and Mergers & Acquisitions to students in the entrepreneurship, MBA, engineering, global sustainability and medical programs.

Jan 2015 - Present

Encompass Advisory Group

Managing Member

Aug 2012 - Present

Founded and direct all operations for a middle market mergers and acquisitions and main street business brokerage firm. Services include capital raises, due diligence, forensic accounting and fraud investigation, and real estate brokerage services.

Aug 2012 - Present

The Entrepreneur Law Center, PL

Managing Member

Nov 2008 - Present

Founded and direct a boutique law firm focused on entrepreneurs, small business, and growth companies in business planning, contracts, litigation, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, exit planning, and licensing intellectual property. The firm also provides services related to angel investors, venture capital, and private equity. The firm has served many international clients.

Nov 2008 - Present

Dorough, Calzada & Hamner, PL

Managing Partner, Director of Corporate, International & Tax Services

Sep 2004 - Nov 2008

Managed a law firm with partners in Orlando and West Palm Beach, Florida, including overseeing all firm-wide operations. Directed the corporate, international, and tax services of the firm, including business clients, transactions, contracts, international business, and mergers and acquisitions.

Sep 2004 - Nov 2008

SteelSource LLC

CFO and General Counsel

Feb 2004 - Mar 2007

Directed all legal and financial functions of a start-up steel trading firm with an international customer and supplier base. Oversaw the growth of the company from its inception to a stable annual revenue base of more than $5M and trading margins of more than double the industry average. Sold my interest in the company in 2007.

Feb 2004 - Mar 2007

Metalcor, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer

Nov 2002 - Apr 2004

Directed the financial affairs for a steel trading firm as part of a turnaround since the firm was in default of a significant amount of debt to suppliers due to the bankruptcy of a major customer. Restructuring a significant portion of debt with suppliers and structured the infusion of equity capital.

Nov 2002 - Apr 2004

Caribbean Pacific International, Inc.

CFO & Senior Vice President

Jul 1996 - May 1999

Directed all financial affairs for an early stage enterprise that developed an all-natural line of skincare and sunscreen products. Raised over $2 million from private investors, which fueled a tenfold increase in revenue and expanded company operations from Florida to California, Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean. The majority of the company was purchased by a public company in 1999.

Jul 1996 - May 1999

Ernst & Young

Senior Consultant

Jan 1995 - Mar 1996

Provided a variety of valuation and due diligence services to financial institutions, real estate developers, and government agencies. Served as the lead senior on a variety of consulting projects, including for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to estimate the market rent of public housing in 50 metropolitan areas.

Jan 1995 - Mar 1996

World Mortgage Co.

Appraiser

Sep 1993 - Oct 1994

Performed appraisals of single family and multifamily residential real estate.

Sep 1993 - Oct 1994

Arthur Andersen & Co.

Audit Senior

Aug 1990 - May 1993

Supervised and performed audits and consulting projects in a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, and hospitality.

Aug 1990 - May 1993

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