Who am I? Why do I do this? What are you getting when you hire me and my staff? Am I any good at this lawyer stuff? Will I win? Those are all good questions; and I even have answers for some of them.
I started the firm in the mid 1990’s after the Savings and Loan implosion killed commercial real estate for about five years.
In 1978, I got my California real estate license, and two years later, my broker’s license. In 1993, I was awarded the nationally recognized CCIM designation by the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. In 1997, I was admitted to practice law in California and founded Hanson Law Firm. I started the Firm to defend real estate brokers. We sue them too.
But as the market changed, drastically, so did the Firm’s, and my, focus. When insurance carriers began making wholesale denials of claims made by my brokerage clients, I stated suing the very carriers who were supposed to protect those brokerages. Successfully. As plaintiff's counsel we've recovered millions. As defense counsel, I’ve had plaintiffs’ attorneys sanctioned over $13,000 for filing frivolous lawsuits against my clients.
I’m an experienced trial lawyer, not just a litigator. I’m not afraid of (and actually enjoy) being in a courtroom. I’ve been called ingenious, tenacious, and strategic. I’ll take those accolades.
In 2015, I wrote my first book, titled “War Story Wednesdays: A Trial Lawyer’s Tales from the Trenches”, a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.
I’ve won cases I should have lost, and lost cases I should have won. I don’t give up. I don’t often give in. What I believe, more than anything else, is that if you’ve been wronged, you should be allowed to recover. If you hire me and my staff, you get our best effort. And, while that may not always be enough, it’s a lot. I’m happy to say that most of our clients have walked away from the gut wrenching experience of a lawsuit knowing and feeling that we did well.