Kenneth Hamner


  • Juris Doctor
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Master of Business Administration
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Master of Accounting in Forensic Accounting
    Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies
    University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
    George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
    George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Certificate in Chinese Law
    China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution
    Tulane University and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • Certificate in Mediation
    Tulane University and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • Entrepreneurship Development Program
    MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Professional Certifications and Associations

  • Supreme Court of the United States, Member of the Bar of the Court and Officer of the Court
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • United States Tax Court, Member
  • United States Court of International Trade, Member
  • United States District Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Member
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Member
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Member
  • Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors
  • Certified Business Intermediary, International Business Brokers Association
  • Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
  • Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Series 82, Limited Representative – Private Securities Offering Representative, FINRA
  • Series 63, Uniform Securities Agent State Law, FINRA
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Florida

For the past twenty five years, Ken Hamner has accumulated a wide variety of experience in finance, accounting, consulting, and law. He has significant experience in structuring international and domestic transactions, equity and debt relationships, and negotiating contracts.  Ken manages and directs all of the 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. 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.

Previously, Ken was the Managing Partner and Director of Corporate, International & Tax Services for a full service 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 private equity transactions, mezzanine and convertible 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. Ken was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Florida State University Business Review, an academic journal focusing on business and legal issues.  He has studied foreign investment law at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and has published articles in academic journals on a variety of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, taxation, and foreign investment, which have been cited in international conferences and other publications.

Ken also serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate courses in business plan development, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property at the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship. The course is open to graduate students in entrepreneurship, business, engineering and medicine.