Erik F. Hansen

Erik F. Hansen

Managing Partner
Minneapolis, Minnesota
866-291-4854 (Toll Free)

Erik F. Hansen is employed as the managing partner of Burns & Hansen, P.A..  An appellate attorney and litigator known for his concise and direct style of advocacy, Mr. Hansen practices in state and federal courts at all levels.

Mr. Hansen brings a broad range of experience to his appellate practice, handling a variety of cases including commercial matters, civil appeals, and civil litigation issues.

In addition to his appellate work, Mr. Hansen maintains an active civil litigation practice focusing on business litigation and real estate matters. With his experience at all levels of the legal system, he knows the value of thoroughly preparing a case, whether it is the initial stage of an investigation, going to mediation, starting trial, or on appeal.

Mr. Hansen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and University of Minnesota Morris where he majored in political science and European studies. An active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, he has served on the Membership Committee (Chair, 2005-2007) the Publications Committee, and the Governing Council of the Appellate Law Section (Chair, 2014-2015). He was also a Legal Writing Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Mr. Hansen participates as a mentor in the University of St. Thomas Law School Mentor Program (2006 - present).

In 2006 through 2011, Mr. Hansen has been named to the Minnesota Rising Star list by Super Lawyers, and also was named a 2006 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer. In 2008, he was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.

Outside of the practice of law, Mr. Hansen is active with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  He is also active in youth sports, coaching both soccer and track.


Areas of Practice

  • 30% Appellate
  • 50% Civil Litigation
  • 20% Construction Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2001


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - May, 2000
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Minnesota - Morris, Morris, Minnesota
    • B.A. - May, 1997
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: European Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Barrister, Order of Veritas
  • Barrister, Order of Certus
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2011
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2006
  • North Star Lawyer, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation named litigation over Peavey Plaza one of the Top 10 Preservation victories in the country

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Litigation Council of America, Fellow, 2008 - Present
  • MSBA Membership Committee, Chair, 2005 - 2007
  • MSBA Membership Committee, Member, 2000 - Present
  • MSBA Publications Committee, Member, 1998 - Present
  • 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
  • MSBA Pro Bono Unemployment Compensation Appeals Program, 2006 - 2009