Tom Hanson has been one of the most active trial lawyers in Des Moines for more than 30 years, litigating civil and criminal cases in state and federal court. As a trial attorney, he represents clients in complex litigation. As an insurance lawyer, Tom served as president of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association.
With his experience in the practice of business law, Tom also represents corporations, boards and corporate officers in business transactions, disputes, lawsuits and white-collar crime proceedings.
Tom has earned an “AV” rating from his peers in Martindale-Hubbell, a professional designation of high legal ability and a very high adherence to the professional standards of conduct and ethics.
Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies).
Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017-2018 as a “Leading Individual” in the area of General Commercial Litigation in the state of Iowa. Tom has drawn the following published commentary from the editors of Chambers USA:
2017: Tom focuses his practice on complex litigation at both state and federal level. Peers widely acknowledge his capabilities in the courtroom, noting: "He has the gift, and is a unique talent."
Selected for inclusion in the 2006-2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the following areas:
Memberships & Activities
Polk County Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Iowa Defense Counsel Association (President, 1987-1988)
Education & Background
J.D., University of Chicago, 1970
B.A., University of Iowa, 1967
Before joining Dickinson Law Firm in 2012, Tom was the senior partner at Hanson, Bjork & Russell, LLP in Des Moines for 37 years.