Welcome to John Hansen Law
For more than four decades John Hansen has been a leading attorney specializing in business bankruptcy law and federal court litigation in the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Hansen’s bankruptcy practice includes representation of a variety of parties primarily in chapter 11 reorganization cases, including debtors, labor unions, creditors, committees, and public agencies. In addition to having confirmed over 60 chapter 11 plans of reorganizations for companies, labor unions and individuals, Mr. Hansen has litigated to successful conclusion dozens of adversary proceedings within bankruptcy cases. Mr. Hansen has also represented public agencies and public employee organizations in chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy cases, including Orange County and the City of Stockton. Mr. Hansen has extensive trial and appellate practice in the federal courts at all levels, including the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Hansen’s comprehensive knowledge and expertise have led to several high-profile, favorable results for his clients, including Strait v. Laird in the U.S. Supreme Court, Transportation Corridor Agencies in the Orange County municipal bankruptcy, and General Teamsters Local 890 in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his litigation services, Mr. Hansen is also a published author in academic and professional journals, a frequent presenter for professional legal organizations, and an active member of the legal community at both the local and state level. He served on the board of directors and received an award of merit for his services to the Bar Association of San Francisco. He also was a member of the board of directors of the California Conference of Bar Associations.
John Hansen’s business bankruptcy practice is concentrated on representing clients in the reorganization of financially distressed businesses. Mr. Hansen has represented many clients in chapter 11 reorganization cases and in non-consumer chapter 7 liquidation cases. His clients have included debtors, creditors, committees, landlords, labor unions and retirees. In addition, he has represented debtors in over sixty chapter 11 cases with confirmed plans of reorganization. Mr. Hansen has served as a member of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association and the California State Bar Standing Committee on Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy. He also chaired the Merit Screening Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
The current wave of municipal bankruptcies (Detroit, Stockton, and San Bernardino) often involves a contest between bondholders and employees over the limited resources available. John Hansen currently serves as counsel for three labor organizations representing employees of the City of Stockton, a municipal bankruptcy debtor, where he has been retained to protect the unions’ negotiated contracts and their members’ vested interests in pensions. That goal was achieved when the bankruptcy court confirmed Stockton’s plan of adjustment without any impairment of collective bargaining agreements or pension benefits of employees of the city. Mr. Hansen previously served as counsel for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, a major creditor in the Orange County municipal bankruptcy, which was at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history. His client was one of the seven members of the Pool Participants’ Committee that negotiated the plan of adjustment with Orange County. His clients recovered 95% of their $350 million investment. Mr. Hansen also represented a skilled nursing facility that operated on the campus of the Los Medanos Community Hospital during the latter's municipal bankruptcy case.
Employment Law and Disability Access
John Hansen has represented employees in federal court litigation involving gender, race and national origin discrimination, including two class actions, one of which was Harriss v. Pan American Airways (See Cases and Articles Page). Mr. Hansen also has authored several articles on disability discrimination (See Cases and Articles Page). Mr. Hansen also assists small business owners navigate their way through the complexities of federal and state disability access laws and regulations.
Federal Court Civil Rights Litigation
In addition to litigation involving employment discrimination, John Hansen represented numerous conscientious objectors in federal court litigation during the Vietnam War era. He argued and won Strait v. Laird in the United States Supreme Court representing a conscientious objector (See Cases and Articles Page), and has argued 17 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Hansen also has served as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court litigation involving denial of civil rights.