MN Supreme Court Justice Sam Hanson Rejoins Briggs

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January 7, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – After two years with the Minnesota Court of Appeals and five years with the Minnesota Supreme Court, Sam Hanson has returned to his former law firm, Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association. Hanson rejoins Briggs’ business litigation section and energy law groups.

“The Twin Cities legal community has tremendous respect for Sam, and that was apparent long before he served in public office,” says Alan H. Maclin, Briggs and Morgan president. “We are honored to have Sam return to our practice and advise new and former clients with the knowledge, sophistication and perspective of an experienced judge.”

Hanson is a former Briggs president and litigation section head. He practiced 34 years with Briggs and Morgan before his first judicial appointment by Gov. Jesse Ventura in 2000, where he was named a Minnesota Court of Appeals judge. He was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2002 as an associate justice. His clientele over the years came to include well known corporations, including telephone, gas and electric utilities; insurance companies; financial institutions, and multinational manufacturing and service corporations. Hanson will focus his practice on public utility regulation, arbitration and mediation, civil litigation, and general litigation consulting.

Hanson is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He received his LL.B. cum laude andwith honors from William Mitchell College of Law, where he served many years as a member of the board of trustees and was its chair from 2002 to 2004.

Among his many community activities, Hanson has served on several Minnesota Supreme Court boards and advisory committees, including the Court’s appellate and procedure rules, child protection initiative, and state planning committee for civil legal services; as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Utility Section and Women and the Law Committee; and on the boards of several service organizations, including Global Volunteers (of which he is a founder) and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

In addition to Hanson, several other Briggs and Morgan alumni have served on the judiciary, including Peter S. Popovich, former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice; Edward C. Stringer, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice; Richard Kyle, U.S. district court judge; and John Van de North and Elena Ostby, Ramsey County district court judges.