Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Iowa, 1983
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, 1985
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 1986
U.S. District Court, Western District of Illinois, 1988
U.S. District Court of Hawaii, 1989


University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 1982
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1979
Major: Philosophy
National College of District Attorneys, Denver, Colorado, 1985

Professional Experience

Contract Attorney at Mt. Pleasant Correctional Facility, 2002-2015
Contract Attorney at Iowa State Penitentiary, 1991-2015
Attorney/Owner at Hansen Law Offices, 1985-present
Prosecuting Attorney at Lee County Attorney’s Office, 1984-1986
Law Instructor at Southeastern Community College, 1984-1986

Honors & Awards

Lawdragon™ 500 Leading Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers Guide

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100™— Civil Plaintiff

Super Lawyers (Great Plains, Iowa)™ – Bankruptcy

• Premier Lawyers of America™

America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys™

U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms

Martindale-Hubbell™—Platinum Client Champion Award

• America’s Top 100 Attorneys™ – Lifetime Achievement Award

• Best Lawyers™—Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs – Best Lawyers Publication

• Marquis™—Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement

• Legal Elite Awards™—Best Bankruptcy Law Firm – Iowa & Recognized Leaders in Criminal Law – Iowa

• Million Dollar Advocates Forum™—Certified Member

• Corporate America Legal Elite™—Best in Bankruptcy Law – Iowa

• Martindale-Hubbell™—AV Preeminent Rated

• The Legal Network™—Top Lawyers in Iowa

• Martindale-Hubbell™—Client Distinction Award

Lawdragon™—Lawyer Limelight

Avvo™—Superb Rated Attorney

• Martindale-Hubbell™—30 Years Experience Recognition

Lawdragon™—Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

• Lawdragon™—Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America – Lawdragon Publication

• Expertise.com™—Best DUI Lawyers

• Avvo™—Clients’ Choice Award

Professional Associations

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

American Association for Justice

Iowa State Bar Association

Des Moines County Bar Association

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Verdicts & Settlements

$2,450,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$1,247,000.00 – judgment for auto accident

$312,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$290,000.00 – settlement for industrial accident

$260,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$210,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$200,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$154,000.00 – verdict for breach of contract and lost earning capacity

$150,000.00 – slip and fall accident against casino

$130,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$100,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$95,000.00 – settlement for auto accident

$55,000.00 – auto accident verdict

Speaking Engagements

Bankruptcy – Exceptions to Discharge, Des Moines County Bar Association, 2012
Bankruptcy Reform Act Update, Des Moines County Bar Association, 2006