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     I am a Harvard-trained lawyer who has practiced bankruptcy law and federal court litigation for almost 50 years, including 25 years as a partner in two national law firms. Two years ago I established my own firm in order to offer clients my extensive experience and high skill level at reasonable hourly rates.  My primary practice areas are chapter 11 corporate reorganization and chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.  I have represented debtors in over 50 cases with confirmed chapter 11 plans of reorganization.  I have won two cases in the United States Supreme Court and numeorus appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  I represented the Transportation Corridor Agencies in the Orange County bankruptcy case, and my clients recovered almost $350 million through the county's plan of adjustment.  I have represented local labor unions in bankruptcy cases, including having obtained confirmed plans of reorganization for two local unions, which is a rare accomplishment.  I also have represented the FDIC in bankruptcy cases filed by failed bank holding companies where the FDIC has recovered over $50 million through my efforts. I offer this expereince to new clients at reasonable hourly rates.


Contact info

John Hansen Law

101 Howard St
Suite 310
San Francisco, CA, 94105

Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 80%
    52 years, 400 cases
  2. Litigation: 15%
    52 years, 100 cases
  3. Mediation: 5%
    18 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($400-500/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNossaman, LLP1992 - 2011
PartnerThelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Edward McFeteridge Inn of CourtMaster of the Bar2013 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoChair and Member, Delegatoin Executive Committee1979 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section1970 - Present
California Conference of Bar AssociationsMember Board of Directors2006 - 2009
United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of CaliforniaResolution Advocate, Dispute Resolution Program2000 - 2003
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2008
American Bar AssociationMember Business Bankruptcy Committee1998 - 2008
Merit Screening Committee U.S. Bankruptcy CourtChair1992 - 1992
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1990 - 1993
San Francisco Neighbor Legal Assistance FoundationMember, Board of Directors1984 - 1985
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember Board of Directors1984 - 1987
Bar Association of San FranciscoChair, Lawyer Referral Service1982 - 1983
State Bar Conference of DelegatesDelegate1978 - 1988
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Strait v. Laird, 406 U.S. 341Won 5-4
Lines v. Frederick, 400 U.S. 18Won unanimous
In re General Teamsters Local 890, 265 F.3d 869Won unanimous
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Francisco Daily JournalCo-Author, "Rethinking Chapter 11"2008
American Bankruptcy Law JournalPushing the Envelope of Creditors' Committees' Powers2006
Executive Reports Aspatore BooksHow to Avoid the Pitfalls of Mandatory Arbitration in California2006
San Francisco Daily JournalPacific Gas Bankruptcy Raises Host of Novel Legal Questions2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1963
Stanford UniversityHistoryA.B.1959
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter CLE ProgramDoes Your Arbitration Clause Have Claws2010
Mon thly MeetingInsurance Coverage and Bankruptcy2009
51st Annual ConferenceWhat's New in Employee Arbitration2008
51st Annual ConferenceWhat's New in Employee Arbitration2008
Monthly Lunch MeetingStories from the Orange County Bankruptcy2005