Erik F. Hansen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Burns & Hansen, PA
 | 8401 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Phone: 952-564-6252
Fax: 952-564-6263
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

As managing partner at Burns & Hansen, PA, Erik F. Hansen litigates construction and civil cases at all levels of state and federal courts throughout Minnesota. The remaining portion of his practice is devoted to appellate cases. Mr. Hansen's practice covers a broad range of interests, including civil appeals, commercial matters, real estate and business litigation.

Mr. Hansen is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, for which he serves on the membership, law and literature, and publication committees. He is a member of the Appellate Practice Section for Minnesota and the Task Force on Law Student Membership of the MBSA. He is licensed to appear before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the United States Bankruptcy Court* and the Minnesota Supreme Court. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been peer reviewed by his peers through Avvo and has been given a "Superb" rating.

Mr. Hansen is a Barrister for the Order of Veritas and the Order of Certus. In 2013, he received the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure for the Minnesota Supreme Court. In 2016, Mr. Hansen was named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine.

Mr. Hansen attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1997 with honors and distinction. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and a minor in European studies. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, from which he graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2000 as a member of the Dean's List.

*We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation (40%)
Appellate (30%)
Land Use/Zoning (20%)
Construction Litigation: Business (10%)

Business Litigation (40%)

Appellate (30%): Appeals

Land Use/Zoning (20%)

Construction Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas



Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 9 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2006 - 2014

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About Erik Hansen

Admitted: 2000, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
  • Top 10 National Preservation Victories, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2014
  • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award, Minneapolis AIA, 2013
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Litigation Counsel of America, 2008
  • Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2006
  • Dean's List, University of Minnesota Law School
  • North Star Lawyer, 2015
  • North Star Lawyer, 2014
  • North Star Lawyer, 2013
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2011
  • Barrister, Order of Certus
  • Barrister, Order of Veritas

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • MSBA Publications Committee, Member, 1998 - 2016
  • MSBA Membership Committee, Member, 2000 - 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2001  
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2001
  • Minnesota, 2000
  • Litigation Council of America, Fellow, 2008 - Present
  • MSBA Membership Committee, Chair, 2005 - 2007
  • MSBA Law & Literature Committee, Member, 1999 - 2001
  • MSBA Task Force on Law Student Membership, Co-Chair, 2001
  • MSBA Appellate Law Section, Member, 2005 - Present
  • MSBA Appellate Law Section, Governing Council, 2009 - Present
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, Member, 2008 - Present
  • MSBA Appellate Law Section, President, 2014 - 2015

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • University of St. Thomas Law School Mentor Program, 2017
  • MSBA Pro Bono Unemployment Compensation Appeals Program, 2006 - 2009


  • Greg Peterson vs. Richfield Civil Service Commission, et al., (Minn. Ct. of Appeals 2013)

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota - Morris, Morris, Minnesota, B.A., Majors in Political Science and European Studies, with Honors and Distinction, 1997
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Office Location for Erik F. Hansen

8401 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55426

Phone: 952-564-6252

Fax: 952-564-6263

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Last Updated: 3/4/2019

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