Laura J. Hanson
Firm: Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.
Address: 33 S. 6th Street, Suite 4400
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Membership: Professional Affiliations•American Bar Association •Co-chair, Section of Litigation's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee •Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association •Defense Research Institute •Insurance Law Committee •Minnesota Women Lawyers
University: Missouri Western State College, B.S., cum laude, 1982, University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1985
Admitted: 1985, Minnesota; 1985, United States District Court, District of Minnesota; 1986, United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1990, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1992, United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisco
Biography: Laura focuses her practice on commercial insurance coverage -- especially environmental and construction defect claims and litigation, which she has handled throughout the United States in the state and federal trial and appeals courts. She has appeared in three state supreme courts and four different federal circuit courts of appeals.Her practice also includes insurance coverage disputes under life, health and disability policies; medical stop-loss policies; and insurance agent errors and omissions policies.It is important to have the experience to advise clients on the potential outcome and cost of litigation and let that drive the strategy. When the client's goals are achieved by taking the long view on an entire class of claims, it is very satisfying.Laura repeatedly has been named to the Super Lawyers listin the category of insurance coverage by Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine. She has also appeared in that publication's list of Top 100 Women Super Lawyers. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America for her insurance coverage practice.Laura is co-chair of the Section of Litigation's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee for the American Bar Association. She served as vice-chair for the 2008 meeting of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and she served as the chair for that meeting in 2009. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and a speaker at insurance conferences sponsored by Mealey's and the American Bar Association.Laura has also published articles in insurance publications, including Claims Magazine, and the publication of National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). Speaking Engagements and Published Articles •Best Practices when Presenting a Claim Handler and Underwriter for Testimony in Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation, DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium (December 2015)•Tenders of Defense/Tenders of Coverage, DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute (April 2013) •Co-author for Montana section, Professional Liability Insurance: A Compendium of State Law published by the Defense Research Institute (October 2012) •Insurance Issues for Underground Storage Tanks, Mealey's Publications Underground Storage Tanks Seminar (November 1999, November 2002) •Declaratory Judgment Fees: Are They Always Recoverable?, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (October 1998) •Recent Developments in Environmental Coverage, Lorman Education Services (April 1993) •Separate Claims Handlers for Coverage and Defense: When is it Necessary?, Annual Claims Conference of Federated Mutual Insurance Company (1992) •The Definitions of Fraud or Dishonesty: The Evolving Means of the Phrase, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (February 1990) Professional Recognition•Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C.) •Selected for inclusion in the Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, (only five percent of lawyers in the state were selected), 2004-2015 •Recognized in the list of Top 100 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2007-2008 •Awarded the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, AV Preeminent (AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies) PublicationsOctober 25, 2012 Professional Liability Insurance - Firm's Lawyers are Authors of Just-Released Compendium Laura Hanson, Bradley Jones, Charles Jones, Robert Justman, Kurt Zitzer NewsDecember 3, 2015 Laura Hanson Speaks at the DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium Best Practices: Presenting Claims Handler for Testimony in Coverage and Bad Faith LitigationAugust 17, 2015 11 Meagher & Geer Attorneys Recognized as '2016 Best Lawyers, ' including Two Lawyers of the Year in Minneapolis Market July 7, 2015 Meagher & Geer Congratulates 18 of its Lawyers Named to the 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers List March 4-7, 2015 Amy Woodworth on the faculty for ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar August 18, 2014 Eleven Meagher & Geer Lawyers Selected as Best Lawyers in America 2015 July 7, 2014 Meagher & Geer Congratulates 18 of its Lawyers Named to the 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers List May 22, 2014 Call for Speakers: ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE March 5-7, 2015 at Loews Ventana CanyonTucson, AZ.April 2, 2014 Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage for Carbon Monoxide Death Latest Pro-Insurer Result in Series of Pollution Exclusion Cases Meagher & Geer Has Handled for ClientsAugust 15, 2013 Eleven Meagher & Geer Lawyers Selected as “Best Lawyers in America 2014” July 8, 2013 Meagher & Geer Congratulates 19 of its Lawyers Named to the 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers List August 23, 2012 Meagher & Geer Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013 July 9, 2012 Meagher & Geer Congratulates 17 of its Lawyers Named to the 2012 Minnesota Super Lawyers List September 6, 2011 Meagher & Geer Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America 2012 July 12, 2011 Meagher & Geer Congratulates 18 of its Lawyers Named 2011 Super Lawyers (Minnesota) June 1, 2011 Best Lawyers in America Published in June 2011 Minnesota Monthly May 2, 2011 Laura Hanson Admitted to Practice Law in Montana August 16, 2010 2011 Best Lawyers in America July 16, 2010 Seventeen Meagher & Geer Attorneys Named 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers May 21, 2010 Best Lawyers Featured in June 2010 Issue of Minnesota Monthly Magazine September 16, 2009 Six M&G Partners on Top 100 Super Women Lawyers List More Than Any Other Minnesota FirmAugust 12, 2009 Best Lawyers In America 2010 Includes 12 from Meagher & Geer August 3, 2009 Meagher & Geer Super Lawyers 2009 November 17, 2008 Six Partners Named in Top 100 Women Super Lawyers Listing July 28, 2008 Meagher & Geer's 2008 Super Lawyers Announced October 1, 2007 Five Partners Named Women Super Lawyers August 17, 2007 Meagher & Geer Woman Lawyers Featured July 26, 2007 Meagher & Geer's Super Lawyers March 1, 2007 Clear as Mud? EventsDecember 3-4, 2015 2015 DRI Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium Best Practices: Presenting Claims Handler for Testimony in Coverage and Bad Faith LitigationMarch 4-7, 2015 ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation seminar Tucson, AZMay 5, 2014 The Fund for Legal Aid's 33rd Annual Law Day Testimonial Dinner Hilton MinneapolisMarch 5, 2014 Laura Hanson Speaks at the ABA Insurance Coverage Seminar Insurance Policies in the Bankruptcy Context: An Asset or AnchorMay 23, 2013 Legal Aid Centennial Law Day Testimonial Dinner, benefiting the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid April 10-12, 2013 Laura Hanson Speaks at 2013 DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute Tenders of Coverage/Tenders of Defense