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Year founded: 1985
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Let a qualified, award-winning lawyer take care of all your legal needs. At Hansen Law Offices in Burlington, Iowa, we have over 37 years of experience in representing our clients in the state and federal courts. It is our primary goal to diligently ensure that our clients receive the best legal assistance available, while maintaining all of their rights afforded under the law.

Hansen Law Offices is a full service law firm providing services in most areas of the law with the high concentration devoted to General Practice, Including but not Limited to: Accidents, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Toxic Torts, Trial Law, and Wrongful Death.

Serving the entire State of Iowa, including Black Hawk County, Buena Vista County, Cerro Gordo County, Dallas County, Des Moines County, Dickinson County, Dubuque County, Henry County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Lee County, Linn County, Louisa County, Muscatine County, Polk County, Pottawattamie County, Scott County, Union County, Van Buren County, Wapello County, Washington County, Woodbury County, Iowa; Including the Cities of Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Bettendorf, Burlington, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Clive, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Danville, Davenport, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Indianola, Iowa City, Johnston, Keokuk, Keosauqua, Lamoni, Marion, Marshalltown, Mason City, Mediapolis, Mount Pleasant, Muscatine, Newton, Osceola, Ottumwa, Pella, Riverside, Shenandoah, Sioux City, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Urbandale, Wapello, Waterloo, West Burlington, West Des Moines, Wever, and surrounding areas in the State of Iowa.


Hansen Law Offices is metro ranked in 1 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

About Our Clients

At Hansen Law Offices, our results bring relief to our clients. Whether you find yourself in financial debt, criminal trouble, or the victim of an automobile accident, the Burlington, Iowa law firm of Hansen Law Offices will help you fight for your future.


Regional Rankings

Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI / DWI Defense
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs


Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100™— Civil Plaintiff
  • • Super Lawyers (Great Plains, Iowa)™ - Bankruptcy
  • • Premier Lawyers of America™
  • • America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys™
  • • U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers™ - Best Law Firms
  • • Martindale-Hubbell™—Platinum Client Champion Award
  • • America's Top 100 Attorneys™ - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • • Best Lawyers™—Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs - Best Lawyers Publication
  • • Marquis™—Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement
  • • Legal Elite Awards™—Best Bankruptcy Law Firm - Iowa & Recognized Leaders in Criminal Law - Iowa
  • • Million Dollar Advocates Forum™—Certified Member
  • • Corporate America Legal Elite™—Best in Bankruptcy Law - Iowa
  • • Martindale-Hubbell™—AV Preeminent Rated
  • • The Legal Network™—Top Lawyers in Iowa
  • • Martindale-Hubbell™—Client Distinction Award
  • • Lawdragon™—Lawyer Limelight
  • • Avvo™—Superb Rated Attorney
  • • Martindale-Hubbell™—30 Years Experience Recognition
  • • Lawdragon™—Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America
  • • Lawdragon™—Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America - Lawdragon Publication

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Significant Matters

Below are matters chosen by the firm to highlight.

Recent Verdicts and Settlements by Hansen Law Offices

$2,450,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$1,247,000.00 - judgment for auto accident

$312,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$290,000.00 - settlement for industrial accident

$260,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$210,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$200,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$154,000.00 - verdict for breach of contract and lost earning capacity

$150,000.00 - slip and fall accident against casino

$130,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$100,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$95,000.00 - settlement for auto accident

$55,000.00 - auto accident verdict

Personal Injury

Our law firm has prevailed in cases against national corporations such as DuPont and General Motors.

We have successfully negotiated and litigated hundreds of personal injury claims over the past 37 years. These cases range from automobile accidents, product liability issues, malpractice claims, and more.

Outcome: Settlement before trial. Description: The plaintiffs were a minor child and his mother who were driving in a motor vehicle that was struck by an oncoming car which resulted in serious permanent injuries to the child and his mother. The civil case was resolved against the other driver and the manufacturer of the plaintiff's vehicle for a seven-figure settlement.

Outcome: Judgment for a woman who was killed in a car accident in Lee County, IA. Awarded a judgment of $1.247 million in actual and punitive damages.

Criminal Law Defense

Feel secure and defended when you use our criminal law services. We have defended individuals charged with various felonies and misdemeanors in the Iowa District Court. Peter Hansen has extensive jury trial knowledge and is a former prosecutor with over 37 years of experience in criminal law/defense.

Outcome: We recently had a client facing felony charges and 25 years in prison. After several months of aggressive criminal defense work, the case was dismissed before going to trial.

Outcome: Client was facing felony sexual abuse charges. The client was found not guilty by a jury.

Outcome: Client was charged with sexually assaulting a child. The client was found not guilty by a jury.

Outcome: Client was facing 20 years in prison. The judge dismissed the felony sexual abuse charges.

Outcome: Client was facing aggravated assault charges and several years in prison. The jury found him not guilty.

Outcome: We represented a young man charged with attempted murder and willful injury. He was facing 35 years in prison. The main issues in this case were whether our client was justified in using deadly force in defending himself, and whether the police violated his due process rights by failing to preserve blood evidence left at the crime scene. In the end, the jury found that the defendant was totally justified and acquitted him of all charges (no prison time).

Outcome: Client was acquitted of assault based upon self-defense argument to jury.

Outcome: Client was charged with sexual harassment and was facing civil liability to the victim. After a lengthy trial, a jury acquitted client of all charges.

Outcome: Client was charged with first degree burglary and sexual assault. Client was facing decades of prison time. After several months of aggressive defense work, the charges were reduced to a simple misdemeanor with no jail time imposed.


Bankruptcy can be a long and intimidating process. Be sure to have an experienced attorney who can assist you in obtaining a court-ordered discharge of your debts.

It is important to understand which debts are subject to discharge, and which debts are not. Understanding how the bankruptcy process affects your property rights is also important. Many who file for Chapter 7 relief are allowed to keep their home, vehicles, and other personal property and still be granted a discharge of their unsecured debts.

Hansen Law Offices has filed thousands of consumer bankruptcy cases for over 37 years and is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Married Couple Discharge of Unsecured Debts: Outcome: Full discharge of unsecured debts. Kept home and business. Description: Clients were a married couple with children who fell behind on their home and business-related debts. This was a result of significant credit card debt. Clients filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief, and were discharged of all their unsecured debt, thereby making their home and business payments affordable.

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