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Donald Andrew Hansen

also known as Don

About me

 DON HANSEN, JD, PhD,  is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Community Property Law at Lincoln Law School in Sacramento. 


Before turning to Family Law, Don became a leading authority on family relations, child development and family stress.  He has published almost 100 books, articles and research papers and has lectured extensively in the United States, Europe and New Zealand. He holds a PhD in Family Sociology and a PhD in Counseling, as well as a Doctorate in Law.  Don specializes in Divorce Litigation,  Mediation, and Collaborative Dissolutions.


Contact info

Donald A. Hansen, JD, PhD, Attorney and Mediator

1620 Lead Hill Blvd., Suite 100
Roseville, CA, 95661

777 Campus Commons, Ste. 200
(Conference Office Only)
Sacramento, CA, 95825


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 40%
    14 years
  2. Divorce: 40%
    14 years
  3. Prenuptials: 10%
    14 years
  4. Uncontested Divorce: 10%
    14 years



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  • Frank Francis Ali

    Dr. Hansen and I have a had two difficult cases where we represented opposing parties. He is a stern but fair negotiator who makes sure he knows the law and the facts. He will work with opposing counsel to reduce costs and achieve equitable results. I endorse him as an effective, knowledgeable and capable advocate.


    Frank Ali Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2012
Consumer Advocacy AwardSacramento Consumer Attorneys2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor EmeritusLincoln Law School of Sacramento2004 - Present
Professor EmeritusUniversity of California, Berkeley1965 - Present
Visiting Professor of AnthropologyCatholic Universitat Leuven, Belguim1992 - 1992
Visiting Professor of SociologyMassey University - New Zealand1979 - 1979
Visiting Research ScholarUniversity of Oslo, Norway1972 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
Placer County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2015 - Present
Placer County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsN/A2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2003 - Present
SCBA - Family Law SectionN/A2003 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
Lawyer Referral and Information Service -SCBAChair2009 - 2013
Sacramento County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - 2013
Sacramento FLEXCOM Regional Standing Committee for Legislative AnalysisMember2006 - 2016
Family Court Pro Bono Mediation CommitteePast Co-chair2004 - 2011
Yolo Superior CourtJudicial Research2001 - 2002
Senior Legal Hotline - Northern California Legal ServicesPro Bono Legal Advisor2001 - 2003
Publication nameTitleDate
Voir DireRover V. Wade: Litigating for Companion Animal Interests2002
International Journal of Educational ResearchThe Hidden Persistence of Immigrant 'Drop Outs'1995
Journal of Management SystemsSchool Communication, Social Theory and Schooling Practice1994
Family, Self and Society: Toward a New Agenda for Family Research, Earlbaum Press.(Book)1991
Adolescents and the Workplace, Earlbaum PressClassroom Lesson Strategies and Orientations Toward Work1990
American Journal of EducationLesson Evading and Lesson Dissembling1989
Social Stress and Family Development, N.Y., Guilford, 1988.Schooling, Stress and Family Development1988
American Educational Research Journal,Family-School Articulations: The Effects of Interaction Rule Mismatch1986
Journal of Comparative Family StudiesFamily Structures and the Effects of Schooling1981
National Institute of EducationThe New Media and Families as Educators1981
Frontiers of Applied Sociology, Holt, Rinehart & Winston,Educational Services1981
Research in Higher EducationProfessional Training and Economic Change1980
Contemporary Theories about the Family, The Free PressRethinking Family Stress Theory1979
An Invitation to Critical Sociology, The Free Press,(Book)1976
Handbook of Family Research, Free PressFamilies Under Stress1970
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lincoln Law School of SacramentoLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of MinnesotaSociologyPhD - Doctorate1970
Northwestern UniversityCounselingPhD - Doctorate1969
University of MinnesotaJournalismMA1962
University of MinnesotaPsychology/ HistoryBA1960
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Court Volunteer Mediation TrainingPro Bono Mediation and Private Mediation2008
Family, Self and SocietyThe Child in Family and School1995
American Sociological AssociationSchooling Persistence of Immigrant Youth1995
American Anthropological AssociationThe Relation of School Problems to Family Stress1994
International Migration SeminarFamily Migration and Schooling Success1992
Family Interactions Under StressRethinking Family Stress Behaviors1982