Stokes, Hamer, Kirk & Eads, LLP 

Serving Humboldt County Residents for over 68 years      

Attorney Information 

Chris Carol Hamer

Senior Partner

Practice Areas: 

-Construction Litigation

-Real Property and Real Property Litigation

-Probate Litigation 

-Water Rights and Water Litigation 

-Business Litigation


1982, California; 1983, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California and U.S. Tax Court; 1994, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 2004, Yurok Trial Court; 2008, Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Court

 Law School:  

Georgetown University, J.D.


 Humboldt County Bar Association; State Bar of California

 Cases:  Westhaven Community Dev. v. County of Humboldt, et al (1998) 61 Cal App 4th 365


Chris Johnson Hamer is a Humboldt County native. She received her undergraduate degree, with highest honors and dean’s list, from University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her law degree in 1982 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., cum laude and dean’s list, practicing initially in the Los Angeles area. She left her partnership with Case, Orr, Paterson & Cunningham, LLP in Ventura, California to come home in 1993, when her parents became ill. She  has been practicing in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino Counties since that time, with occasional cases in the L.A. area.

 Ms. Hamer advises and handles litigation in trust, estate, business, real property  and elder financial abuse  matters. She also handles probates of decedent’s estate and real property contracts. 

She is also the mother of three grown children, and enjoys running, yoga, tennis as well a number of other outdoor activities.  She is on the board of directors of North Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters and captain of the Six Rivers Running Club’s Relay for Life Team.


Eric V. Kirk

Senior Partner

Practice Areas:

-Civil Litigation 

-Real Estate

-Personal Injury 

-Environmental Law 

-Business Law



1995, California

Law School:  

Golden Gate University, J.D.


Humboldt County Bar Association; State Bar of California  

Jason Eads


Practice Areas: 

-Business Transactions 

-Commercial Contracts 

-Real Property

-Muncipal Law 

-Business Law 

-Trusts & Estates


Humboldt State University, B.A

Law School: 

McGeorge School of Law, J.D.

Admitted: CA 2002


Jason J. Eads is a partner in the law firm Stokes, Hamer, Kirk, and Eads, LLP located in Arcata, California.  He was admitted to the California Bar in 2002 after attending McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California and graduating as a member of the Traynor Honor Society.  Jason graduated from Humboldt State University with High Honors prior to attending law school.  

His practice is largely transactional, focusing on real estate,  business law, estate planning and administration.  Jason taught Business Law at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California for several years and served as an adviser for the Economic Fuel business plan contest for many of those years.  

He is currently serving as the Secretary of the Humboldt County Bar Association and as a board member of the Rotary Club of Eureka.  

Mr. Eads is also the founder and owner of Eads Downhome, LLC, which produces a Bar-B-Q sauce that is popular in his community.  When he is not practicing law, Mr. Eads enjoys his family, music, and cooking, especially Bar-B-Q.