Kimberly M. Hanlon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Closely Held Business Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Lucere Legal, LLC
 | 310 4th Ave S., Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-206-3701
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Closely Held Business (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
Attorney Profile

As a founding partner at Lucere Legal LLC, Kimberley M. Hanlon provides legal assistance to small-business owners and individuals regarding business commercial, probate and estate planning needs. She represents clients in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities region, and across Minnesota.

Ms. Hanlon began her career as a fashion designer and small-business owner in New York City, where in 1998 she received her Bachelor of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon relocating to Oklahoma, she focused on a legal career, earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2008, graduating with honors. While in law school, she was a judicial intern for The Honorable Linda G. Morrissey of The District Court of the State of Oklahoma. She also received certificates in Native American Law and in International and Comparative Law. She served as an editor on the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law.

Ms. Hanlon opened her own firm in 2009 and, within a few years, relocated to Minneapolis. In 2018, she launched her current firm with her law partner, Sommer Spector Angstman. Ms. Hanlon works with clients regarding small-business needs such as entity formation, making deals, business succession planning, intellectual property protection, insurance, tax strategies, and guidance regarding hiring and firing. She also co-owns MoreLaw Minneapolis, an executive suite exclusively for attorneys.

Ms. Hanlon is licensed to practice law before the state courts of Oklahoma, Minnesota, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. In 2013, she received a Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal for her commitment to the Twin Cities professional community and in 2016 she was awarded an Up & Coming Attorney award by a legal publication. She has served and continues to serve as a member or board member on various nonprofit organizations for organizations whose missions she is passionate about.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Closely Held Business
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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About Kimberly Hanlon

Admitted: 2011, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:


  • Women in Business Award, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, 2013
  • Up & Coming Attorney Award, Minnesota Lawyer Magazine, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • University of Tulsa College of Law Certificate in Comparative and International Law, 2008
  • University of Tulsa College of Law Certificate in Native American Law, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • US District Court for the District of Minnesota

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder, East Side Neighborhood Services Pro-Bono Elder Law Clinic, 2012-Present
  • Volunteer Ambassador, Guild, Incorporated, a non-profit organization that serves mentally ill adults in the community. 2012-Present
  • Board Member, Empowering Adults Protecting Children, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate people how to recognize behaviors in adults that are a risk to children and intervene in non-threatening ways. 2010-2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • When it comes to business, ignorance isn’t bliss; ignorance is risk. There’s a handful of legal topics that business owners should be familiar with, at least on a rudimentary level, and this book is a plain-English legal guide to help make the most common business legal issues understandable., Author, The Minnesota Small Business Owner?s Legal Survival Guide: (How to avoid the 15 legal snares that can ruin your business, take over your life, and leave you bankrupt.), Propitious Publishing, Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, 2018
  • What will happen with your cabin after you’re gone? In an ideal world, when you died you would give the cabin to your family and they would naturally work out among themselves who was going to be there when, how the bills were going to get paid, and how the upkeep was going to be managed. Even among family members that get along well, there's a ton of small, and not so small, disagreements that can arise when people have shared use and shared responsibility for a property without some system in place for establishing how rules and decisions are going to be made. Keeping your cabin a place of tranquility and happiness for your family takes some forethought. That doesn't mean it has to be hard, though. The Minnesota Cabin Planning Guide & Workbook is designed to pose the questions that you didn't know you needed to ask and to provide you with some ideas and options that could help you in figuring it out. You can use the guide as a road map in navigating the discussion with your family and as the starting place in working with your attorney. You will learn about: The all-too-common scenarios that can happen for your family The questions you need to ask to craft a plan that fits your family and your goals The planning options that are available to you, and what the default plan is under the law The process you can go through that keeps your cabin planning on track, Author, The Minnesota Cabin Planning Guide & Workbook, Propitious Publishing, Families With Cabins, Families With Vacation Properties, 2015

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Voted Sun Media Reader's Choice "Best Lawyer / Attorney” by readers in Wayzata, Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Hopkins, 2018
  • Voted Sun Media Reader's Choice “Best Attorney” by readers in Minnetonka / Deephaven, Hopkins, Plymouth, and Brooklyn Park  , 2019

Educational Background:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Associates Degree, Fashion Design, 1995
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Bachelors Degree, Apparel Production Management, 1998
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Office Location for Kimberly M. Hanlon

310 4th Ave S.
Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-206-3701

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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