About John Hansen
John Hansen is a Harvard-trained attorney with over 40 years’ experience who concentrates his practice in business bankruptcy, municipal bankruptcy, as well as federal court litigation. His extensive work product has resulted in favorable decisions for his clients in several landmark cases, including obtaining a $300 million-plus recovery for his client in the Orange County municipal bankruptcy case, one of the largest municipal bankruptcy cases in U.S. history. Mr. Hansen argued and won Strait v. Laird in the United States Supreme Court (See Cases and Articles Page) and also won General Teamsters Local 890, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, an important case regarding local union chapter 11 bankruptcy cases (See Cases and Articles Page). In addition, Mr. Hansen has represented debtors in over 40 successful chapter 11 reorganization cases, including local labor unions.
John Hansen has presented programs for professional organizations, including the Bay Area General Counsel, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Turnaround Management Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the California Continuing Education of the Bar. Mr. Hansen has served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and as Chair of the BASF delegation to the California Conference of Delegates. In addition, Mr. Hansen was as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Conference of Bar Associations, the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation and Chair of the Merit Screening Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
John Hansen is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Law School, and he served as a law clerk to Justice Stanley Mosk of the California Supreme Court. Mr. Hansen is an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking for ethical standards and legal ability. He also is a Master of the Bar in the Edward McFetridge American Inn of Court. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” for Bankruptcy and Workout Law by San Francisco Magazine.