Stokes, Hamer, Kirk & Eads, LLP 

Serving Humboldt County Residents for over 70 years      

Civil Litigation at Stokes, Hamer, Kirk & Eads, LLP

Chris J. Hamer, Attorney

Chris Johnson 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 Tribal 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. Chris Hamer is an experienced legal advocate and 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 President 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  


Eric Kirk was brought up in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge and the fog of San Francisco. He has an impressive knowledge of the city's local history, including relics of Berkley's political events and the Bay Area's civil rights movements.  Eric moved to Humboldt County with his wife, spending many years in the town of Redway.  

Mr. Kirk joined Attorney Les Scher in his Garberville law practice, with a focus on criminal defense and civil litigation, prior to moving to Northern Humboldt.  

Eric is a dedicated father who has had the pleasure of raising two adopted children in Humboldt County.  Eric ultimately relocated the family to the city of Eureka, where the Kirk family has lived for over ten years.  Eric remains active in the community of Southern Humboldt, even keeping an office space for appointments as needed.  

Mr. Kirk is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.  Eric was honored to write the Humboldt County Sanctuary Measure K bill, a local referendum approved by county voters last year which gave Humboldt County residents the strongest sanctuary law in the state.  Eric enjoys spending time with his family and participating in community events.  Eric is an encyclopedia of historical politics and is active in local radio programming in his free time.  Mr. Kirk hosts a radio talk show, discussing current events and politics live on the airwaves, at Southern Humboldt's local non-profit radio station KMUD, based in Redway, CA. 

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