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Laura J Hansen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.9   61 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%

    19 years, 800 cases

  2. Family
    20%

    19 years, 600 cases

  3. Child custody
    10%

    19 years, 500 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

  5. Uncontested divorce
    10%

    19 years, 400 cases

  6. Mediation
    5%

    15 years, 500 cases

EXPERIENCED, CREATIVE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY. RESULTS FOCUSED. FLAT FEES. CONSULTS AVAILABLE.

So, a little about me.  I know choosing an attorney is tough, and hopefully this information helps you. I founded LJ Law (formerly associated with Just Law) in 2010  because I saw a need for a different type of law firm.  One that wasn't focused on a make money at all costs mentality.  One that didn't leave scorched earth in the wake of a family law case.  We started a firm where we focus on the family and we try to be settlement-oriented, but still tough when we need to be.  Our flat fee approach ensures that the focus stays on achieving the best outcome using client's resources to their maximum potential.

I have been practicing in the area of divorce and family law for over 20 years.

Prior to starting LJ  Law (formely associated with Just Law), I worked for the Office of Guardian ad Litem representing abused and neglected children, I have continued this work by acting as a Private Guardian ad Litem in cases. My degree in Psychology and training and experience with complex assets, mediation, child development, alienation, abuse and neglect, trauma, domestic violence and personality disorders, makes me uniquely qualified to handle complex cases in a way that keeps client’s and children’s mental health at the forefront.

EDUCATION & TRAINING
2004 Juris Doctorate, Brigham Young University School of Law
2000 Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, University of Utah
2000 Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, University of Utah
2007 Basic Mediation Training, Utah State Courts
2009 Advanced Domestic Mediation Training, Center for Advanced Mediation Studies
2012 Collaborative Law Training, International Association of Collaborative Professionals.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Utah State Bar Association, Member in Good Standing
Utah State Bar Family Law Section, Member
Utah State Bar, Dispute Resolution Section
Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Utah State Bar LGBT and Allied Lawyers

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
“10” Expertise Rating on Avvo
Expertise, Best Family Lawyers in Salt Lake City
Lead Counsel Rating in Family Law
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer
Elite Lawyer Award
Pro Bono Honor Roll, Utah State Bar Association

ELECTED POSITIONS

Associtaion of Family and Conciliation Courts, Utah Chapter: Vice- President 2023-2025

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Utah Chapter: Secretary 2019-2023

Utah Association of Conciliation Courts, Secretary 2017

Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, President, 2019

Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, President-Elect, 2018

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Presenter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Training and Conference. Private Guardian ad Litem Training & Family Law 101, November, 2021
Presenter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Training and Conference. Advertising and Marketing Ethics for Attorneys and Mental Health Professionals, February, 2020
Presenter, Utah Family Law Section Continuing Legal Educations Series, The Future of Collaborative Law in Utah, January 2015
Presenter, Utah CASA Conference, Education Advocacy for Court Appointed Special Advocates, October 2012

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
Utah State Office of Guardian ad Litem, Pro bono attorney
Family Law Clinics hosted by the Legal Aid Society of Utah and the U of U Pro Bono Initiative, Volunteer.
Tuesday Night Bar Volunteer clinic hosted by the Utah State Bar
Founder and Board Member of non-profit Wasatch Kids Camps Summer Camps
Utah Arbor Day Foundation Volunteer

PERSONAL
Laura was born and raised in South Jordan and still enjoys a close relationship with her parents and brothers and sisters who all live nearby. Laura was raised in the LDS religion. but is not currently practicing. Laura loves to travel and has spent time living in Portland, Boston, California, Honolulu, Budapest and Mexico. Laura has personal experience as a step-parent and with divorce. She is currently a single mom and lives in daybreak with her children, her Yorkie/Bichon Frise dog, Lexi, her two cats, Miso & Cedar and rabbit, Meadow.  She has recently gotten back into rock climbing, dancing and mountain biking.  Some of Laura’s favorite places in the world that she has traveled to or lived at include: Maui, Kauai, Rome, Venice, Budapest, Yachats, OR, Arcata, CA and St. George, UT. Laura enjoys canyoneering, coffee, rock climbing, swing dancing, mountain biking, pottery, skiing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, roller coasters, summer travel camps with large groups of kids, Thai food, road trips, Sunday pot roast dinners, Rook card games, big trees, her backyard creek and yoga.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2019,2018,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2019 2018 + 2 ...

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Location

LJ Law/ Just Law Utah
2040 E. 3300 S. Ste.3
Salt Lake City, UT, 84109

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  61 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Becca | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Laura helped me get custody!
Laura recently helped me with my uncontested divorce and custody case. I was referred to her through a friend who had a positive experience and I was very happy I found her. The office they work in is so cool and the staff in the office was great. They always answered all of my emails and phone calls quickly and professionally and they were always very polite and understanding. I told Laura the most important thing to me was getting full custody of my kids and she worked hard to make sure that happen. I always felt confident knowing she was on my side and I knew I could always depend on her to help my reach my desired outcome. She was very caring and understanding but still made sure I didn't agree to things unless they were the best thing for me and my kids. It was nice to know I could give her a call anytime to get an update on my case or to get an answer to my many questions without worrying about being charged more. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great family law attorney.
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Posted by Chris | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job representing me! Experienced, Professional and Compassionate
Laura is an excellent attorney! It was wonderful working with her. I could tell that she has a lot of experience and knowledge in family law because she was able to cover everything, making the whole divorce process very easy and resulting in the best possible outcome for me. She is highly professional and very engaged. I would highly recommend her!
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Posted by Augustin | March 26, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Working with Laura and her team was an absolute pleasure. Her guidance and expertise were invaluable throughout my legal matter. She was thorough, responsive, and always had my best interests in mind. I highly recommend Laura to anyone in need of legal assistance. A true professional!
Posted by William | November 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I wish I would’ve hired Laura from the beginning!
I couldn’t have asked for a better legal team to represent me. I only wish is that I would have contacted Just Law at the beginning of my custody battle instead of going with another law firm. Luckily I finally found Just Law. Laura and her team (Melissa, Conor and others) were there for me every step of the way. Their attention to detail, constant communication, and overall knowledge and execution of family law is what made the difference in my case. I couldn’t recommend them more.
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Posted by Marilin | November 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Loved Laura
I have been in a horrible custody case for 5 years now, Laura did everything she could to give good advice, and keep my family safe. Would hire again in a second! Thanks so much!
Posted by Evert | November 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Laura helped me get my son back
Laura, Connor and Melissa are the most amazing legal team. They are professional, caring and tenacious. I would never have my son right now without their help. They helped me fight abuse, the abuse and neglect from my ex wife and helped me realize a 10 year dream of having my children back in my life. They waded through lies, misrepresentation, harassment and failure to comply with a divorce decree. They fought for justice fairly and responsibly. I was so impressed with the tenacity and brilliance of their knowledge of law and ability to represent me without dragging me through extensive cost and lengthy legal battles. My family is together because of their help!
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Posted by Jennifer | October 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Laura is knowledgeable and well versed in representing clients with high-conflict co-parenting partners. I felt heard by not only herself but also her Paralegal and Office Manager. I will be using them again in the future.
Posted by Christina | September 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in the valley!
Laura and her team are incredible, friendly, quick, efficient and professional. I will refer them all for the rest of my life!
Posted by Josh | September 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Laura and her team are great. I felt like I was supported by people that cared and knew exactly what they were doing. Communication was also excellent and responsive. Laura helped me with a modification to custody and I very much wish she had been my attorney for my divorce. She had a suggestion that really helped get things moving forward with my ex spouse and we recently completed everything. Definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Brandon | August 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Family Attorney
Excellent Family attorney that is there to listen, compassionate, but yet reasonable regarding the facts along with providing clear goals of the case, the process and potential cost. Laura understands family law, divorce law and child custody with the ability to articulate the law and reference cases in the court room. Laura's skills are critical when trying to get both parties to come to an agreement. I'd hire her again but hopefully I will not need to :)
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Posted by Tim | August 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best in the business
I would recommend Laura and her team to everyone. She knows what she's doing and cares about her clients. She made my divorce process fast and easy.
Posted by Emilee | June 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer that cares
Laura was great and relate yes me with such respect. She worked with me and made this horrible process an ease. I would recommend her to anyone that needs someone that cares about them. Thank you a million for all you did!
Posted by Erin | June 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Divorce Attorney
Laura was great, she was super compassionate and understanding. She helped me so much with my divorce.
Posted by Jennifer | June 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, Compassionate, Intelligent
Ms. Hansen and her team are phenomenal at navigating difficult situations with calm, compassion and an eye for their clients' and their client's children's best interest. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in family law and child development which she kept at the forefront of my case. She miraculously was able to settle most of my divorce through mediation. The small list of matters that went before the Commissioner were handled quickly and professionally. I could not have been happier with the final results.
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Posted by Melissa Keilman | June 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Advocate for Kids
I hired Laura in a very difficult time in my life with my ex-husband. She was amazing and worked so well with him as a pro se opposing party most of the case.
Posted by Jeff | June 29, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best Attorney!
See Laura before you hire anyone. Simple as that. You'll see for yourself. Laura is ethical, experienced, and listens. She responds quickly to questions with honest and meaningful feedback. Laura will help you find what is best for you and your children in divorce. If your case can be resolved outside of court, that's great. If your spouse or their attorney is unreasonable, aggressive, or fighting dirty, Laura will put them in check. Your story will be made clear Judges and Commissioners. They know and respect her. You will not find a better attorney.
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Posted by Tom | February 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Custody Dispute
I used Laura for a custody dispute and it was resolved successfully. I felt like she fought hard for me. Thank you, Laura.
Posted by Lisa | February 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Laura was always professional and listened to my needs while working out my parenting agreement. Laura and her staff were always communicating with me through the process and were always so available to help with my many questions. This was a frustrating situation in the beginning and by the end through her help and mediation I finally got some relief. I would highly recommend Laura and her staff at Just Law.
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Posted by Elaine | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best decision for my outcome was Laura Hansen and Just Law
With divorce comes fear, doubt, confusion, and anxiety. Yet, every step of the way during the process, Laura Hansen and her team of capable and supportive staff made my life-changing transition easier. Laura and her staff were concise in the details of the information I needed to obtain, instructions I needed to follow, and showed genuine support and advice for myself and those I care about the most for my future and outcome. As a result, I have thought more than once that choosing Just Law and Laura Hansen was the most intelligent decision I made for my own mental and emotional health and my family.
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Posted by Lee | July 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Laura Hansen is a wonderful attorney. She cares about her clients. She understands what is important and doesn’t waste time on the little things. My case went to mediation and she listened carefully to me needs and what was truly important to me. She fought for me and helped me be successful in obtaining those things that were most important. She is friendly and made a long emotional day of mediation lighter and super manageable. I am glad that I found Just Law and Laura Hansen and her team. They all made me come through the hardest part of my life and did so with professionalism and kindness. If anyone is looking for help in family law to call Laura and have her help you! I recommend her and her team and give them ten stars!!!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Just Law LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Office of Guardian ad Litem
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Utah Legal Services
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dabney & Dabney
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Protective Order Extern
  • Hawaii State Courts
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Child Care Office Legislative Assistant
  • Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Central European University, Legal Studies Department
  • n/a
  • 2002
  • Humboldt State University
  • n/a
  • 2000
  • University of Utah
  • B.S.
  • 2000
  • University of Utah
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Parra v. C
  • Victory- custody for my client
  • P******* vs. P*******
  • Won
  • Reller v. Reller
  • Won

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wasatch Kids Camps
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Utah
  • Co-chair
  • 2014 - 2016
  • BYU Education and Law Journal
  • Senior Editor
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • President
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Amnesty International University of Utah
  • President
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Utah State Bar
  • 2014
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • University of Utah
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Education and Law Journal
  • Education Policies
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Utah Chapter AFCC Annual Conference
  • Guardian ad Litem Best Practices
  • 2023
  • Collaborative Law Update
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2015
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Private Guardian ad Litem
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (14)
Endorse Laura
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've worked with Laura off and on for several years and highly endorse her. She really advocates for her clients and does an amazing job. Her professionalism helps make the process run more smoothly and efficiently to get a good resolution of cases."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is tenacious in the courtroom and advocates well for her clients. She is a great leader for women in the family law community."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is a very zealous advocate. However, she also has very good mediation skills. I was able to resolve a difficult case with her due to her determination to get the mediation done."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known and worked against Laura for years now. She is prepared, well-spoken, and tenacious while being nice. She is a creative attorney who will always challenge in order to do best by her client."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Laura and worked with her on numerous cases for over 6 years now and have always found her to be very thorough, competent, and passionate in her practice and advocacy of her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is an amazing attorney and a zealous advocate. She has an immense amount of experience in family law and that experience is evident in the court room and during mediation, negotiations, client counseling and legal writing."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Laura cares about her clients. She moves cases forward quickly and never stalls or drags a case out. She looks for settlement opportunities whenever possible, but is also excellent in litigation."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Laura is an excellent family law/divorce attorney. As opposing counsel I can say that she fights for her clients, and it is obvious that she cares. Laura is well respected in the Utah legal community."
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