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Tamara "Tammy" Hackmann (Retired)


Tamara (Tammy) Hackmann retired in mid-2021. Tammy provided the the Finley Law Firm with a broad base of experience, both in private practice and as in-house counsel with an Illinois-based Fortune 500 national property casualty insurance company. Tammy defended private and public entity clients (including the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, and several Illinois school districts) against a variety of claims, including common law negligence and contract claims, state and federal employment discrimination claims, civil rights and constitutional claims, and class action claims. Tammy represented clients in administrative proceedings before the state Human Rights Commission, and in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Tammy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Order of the Coif.  While in-house, Tammy earned the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).  She is licensed to practice in Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. 


AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell

Selected Cases

Village of Clifton v. Peters, 128 S. Ct. 1472 (2008) – Briefed opposition to certiorari petition before the United States Supreme Court. Petition for writ was denied. 

Schmidt v. Mahoney, 659 N.W.2d 552 (Iowa 2003). Iowa Supreme Court held physician owed no duty to prevent harm by his patient to a member of the general public and overruled Freese v. Lemmon, 210 N.W.2d 576 (1973).

Kanfer v. Busey Trust, 1 N.E.3d 61 (Ill. App. 2013). Illinois Court of Appeals affirmed trial court orders finding probate court’s approval of interim accountings were final judgments which barred any subsequent attack under principles of res judicata.

Wilson v. Shaefer, 941 N.E.2d 870 (Ill. App. 2009).  Illinois Court of Appeal affirmed that patient’s new medical malpractice claims did not relate back and thus were time-barred.

Patrick v. J.K. Harris, 279 Fed. Appx. 406 (7th Cir. 2008). Seventh Circuit affirmed district court’s finding that defendant did not contract to petition the tax court on plaintiff’s behalf.

Shank v. H.C. Fields, 869 N.E.2d 261 (Ill. App. 2007). Illinois Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment, finding a road construction company did not have a duty to open lane of traffic before a holiday.

Doe-2 v. McLean County Unit District No. 5 Board of Directors, 593 F.3d 507 (7th Cir. 2010). The Seventh Circuit affirmed district court dismissal for failure to state a claim, finding school district was not liable under Title IX or state law for “passing” a teacher to another school district.

Bar Admission





University of Missouri

(B.S, summa cum laude, 1985)

University of Michigan

(J.D., magna cum laude, Order of Coif, 1995)

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