Hamp Skelton grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1978 and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1981. He and his wife, Karen, have three sons, now all in their mid-20s.
Hamp has tried lawsuits in Texas for more than 40 years. He began his career at Vinson & Elkins in Houston in 1981, practicing in its commercial litigation section. He moved back to to Austin in 1986, joining Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He built a litigation section for that office, serving as partner in charge of litigation. His present law firm opened in September, 1991.
Hamp's practice encompasses most aspects of business litigation, with special emphasis on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, insurance regulatory litigation, lender liability, professional liability, banking and financial institution litigation, fiduciary litigation, business break up disputes, employment law disputes, consumer protection/deceptive trade, securities fraud, director and officer liability, class actions and intellectual property disputes. He has broad experience at the trial and appellate levels, in both the state and federal courts, as well as before Texas administrative and regulatory agencies.
Hamp frequently serves as an expert witness on attorneys fees, insurance claim handling, and malpractice. (see Expert Services under the firm website). He also serves as local counsel for national firms on major commercial and intellectual property cases in Austin. In 2010, Hamp was honored by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation with its Cy Pres Impact award for helping steer over $9 million in cy pres funds to organizations supporting mobility for disabled Texans.
Hamp has been recognized by his peers formany years with the highest rating of AV under the Martindale-Hubbell peer rating review. He was named a Super Lawyer in business litigation by Texas Monthly magazine in 2009 through 2023.