Laurie Hanson has practiced law since 1984, with a special focus on seniors and their families. She now concentrates her practice exclusively in the areas of Elder Law - Government benefits eligibility; including Medical Assistance, SSI, and various veterans benefits; trusts- supplemental needs, special needs and pooled trusts, trust and public benefit litigation; estate planning, planning for incapacity; probate, and surrogate decision-making.
Laurie regularly serves as faculty and makes presentations on elder law topics at continuing legal education courses for attorneys through the Minnesota State Bar Association and for professionals obtaining continuing education credits through Kaplan Professional Schools. In addition, she gives presentations to nursing home family councils, church groups, community groups, and at law schools in the Twin Cities.
Laurie is a 1977 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 1984 Graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California where she was a member of the law review and Editor-in-Chief of the Women’s Law Forum.
She is a shareholder with Long Reher Hanson. Before joining Long Reher Hanson in 2004, Laurie practiced for fourteen years at the Senior Law Project of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. For her efforts in working with families with aging adults, and her efforts in drafting Minnesota’s third-party custody statute, she was awarded the Dawn Carlson Family Advocate Award in 2003. She also received the prestigious Mary Alice Gooderl Award from the Elder Law Section of the MSBA in 2008 for her contribution to the practice of Elder Law in Minnesota Laurie has been named a Super Lawyer by her peers consistently since 2001.
Before moving back to Minnesota in 1989, Laurie had a private general practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she specialized in health law and family law. She was a Reginald Heber Smith fellow her first two years following law school and worked with Ozark Legal Services in Fayetteville.
Laurie is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, California, and Arkansas. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Minnesota and California State Bar Associations, the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association. She is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and current chair of its Newsletter Committee. She is also on the Board of Trustees and the Government Relations Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national invitation-only non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who represent them.
Laurie and her partner Kim Dayton live in a duplex in Uptown in South Minneapolis; her stepson Colin, who has an autism-spectrum disorder-lives on the third floor. Her father lives on the first floor of the duplex - along with Harriet the dog and three cats - they have truly an inter-generational household! Laurie swims with the Master’s team at the Uptown YWCA, likes to read, and thoroughly enjoys regular walks around the lakes.