Sam Hanson to Receive MSBA Professional Excellence Award

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June 10, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – Briggs and Morgan shareholder Sam Hanson has been named a co-recipient of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s (MSBA) 2008 Professional Excellence Award. The award will be presented June 16 at the association’s annual convention in Duluth.

Hanson, a former Minnesota Supreme Court justice, will be recognized by MSBA with Chief Justice Russell Anderson. The Professional Excellence Award is presented annually to a member (or members) who has demonstrated substantial efforts to advance the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Before joining the judiciary, Hanson practiced commercial litigation and utility regulation with Briggs and Morgan for 34 years. He served as president of the firm and was recognized by induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. In addition to his public service on the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court, Hanson has been an active volunteer for professional and community organizations, with an emphasis on legal education, access to civil legal services, human rights, child protection, and local and global community development efforts.

Hanson and Anderson will each receive a $500 contribution to a charity of choice. The beneficiary of Hanson’s monetary award is The Advocates for Human Rights.