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Phone: (612) 790-1244

5510 Edgewater Blvd

Minneapolis, MN 55417

Samuel Hanson



Current Employer:

Self employed

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Appellate ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ Employment ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Franchise ✔ Insurance
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ Legal Malpractice
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Malpractice ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Securities ✔ Shareholder Disputes
✔ Torts ✔ Utilities


As a litigator, handled complex commercial cases in state and federal courts. During this time litigated numerous cases in arbitration and also acted as arbitrator in several commercial cases. As an appellate judge, ruled on dozens of commercial cases, including contracts, franchises, insurance, securities, employment, and related matters. Since returning to private practice, have been selected as arbitrator in dozens of commercial and employment cases, about half in Minnesota and half across the country .

Work History:

Attorney, solo effective January 1, 2021 Attorney and shareholder, Briggs and Morgan, 1966-2000, 2008-2015, Of Counsel 2016 - 2020 Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2000-2002 Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court, 2002-2008 Law Clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court 1965-66 Law Clerk, Hennepin County District Court, 1964-65 Librarian, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuity, 1963-64 Deputy Clerk, United States District Court in Minnesota, 1961-63


Admitted the the Minnesota Bar, 1965; United States District Court in Minnesota, 1966; United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1966; and United States Supreme Court, 1971


Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the College of Commercial Arbitrators Outstanding Alumni awarded by St. Olaf College


College of Commercial Arbitrators American College of Trial Lawyers American Board of Trial Advocates American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Former Trustee, Chair of William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell-Hamline College of Law) Former Trustee, Chair of National Conference of Bar Examiners


St. Olaf College, B.A. William Mitchell College of Law, LLB

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