Drew Hansen is an experienced trial attorney and a partner at Susman Godfrey who has tried complex, high-stakes cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the country. Significant trials include:
- American Association of Justice v. Wachovia Bank, N.A. (D.D.C. 2008–2011). Represented the nation’s trial lawyers’ trade association in the highest-stakes commercial litigation in its history. Hansen and Steve Susman split the closing argument after a two-week trial. The case has settled and the terms are confidential.
- Applications of Las Brisas Energy Center, LLC (Tex. State Office of Admin. Hearings 2009–2013). Represented over 30 Texas cities challenging the construction of a power plant. The plant owner withdrew its application after judges in two separate trials found in favor of Hansen’s client in decisions citing to Hansen’s cross-examinations of key witnesses.
- BASF Corp. v. Lyondell Chemical Co. (N.J. Super. Ct. 2007–2012). Defended Lyondell in a two-month breach of contract trial; the case settled after the appellate court vacated a jury verdict in favor of BASF.
- Peña v. GBS Financial Corp. (Nat’l Ass’n of Securities Dealers 2006–07). Represented a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur in a two-week arbitration hearing against his former investment advisers; the arbitration panel awarded a full refund of excessive investment management fees charged to Hansen’s client.
- Jacobs v. National Drug Intelligence Center (S.D. Tex. 2004–2008). Represented a bank president in a suit alleging harm from a false government publication. The government agreed to pay the president’s attorney’s fees after a bench trial but reserved appeal on a separate issue, which Hansen argued and won before the Fifth Circuit.
Hansen has been involved in some of the highest-profile litigation matters of the last decade, including the lawsuit against major banks for manipulating LIBOR (where Hansen currently represents the city of Baltimore, the interim lead plaintiff for those who purchased LIBOR-based financial instruments directly from the LIBOR panel banks), the litigation arising out of the collapse of Enron (where witnesses for a large international bank started pleading the Fifth Amendment after Hansen’s first few depositions and the bank eventually paid $250 million to settle Hansen’s client’s claims), and the litigation requesting the dissolution of the $8 billion family company controlled by Sumner Redstone (where Hansen represented plaintiff Brent Redstone). In addition, Hansen has:
- Represented a large energy company in a dispute with its joint venture partner involving claimed damages of over-$100 million. The case settled for a confidential amount.
- Secured a $19 million net settlement on behalf of businesses in a class action alleging that the businesses had been injured by financial arrangements in violation of the usury laws (Clark v. AdvanceMe, Inc., C.D. Cal. 2008–2012)
- Secured a $16.5 million settlement one month before trial in a securities fraud class action arising from alleged misrepresentations by a biotechnology executive in a conference call with investors (McGuire v. Dendreon, W.D. Wash. 2007–2011)
- Obtained a settlement of 90% of the estimated damages for a registered representative in a compensation dispute with his former broker-dealer (Holber v. GBS, FINRA 2009–10)
- Represented Bristol Bay salmon fishermen in a four-month antitrust trial where settlements before and after a jury verdict in the defendants’ favor totaled over $40 million (Alakayak v. B.C. Packers, Alaska Superior Court 2003–04)
Hansen’s busy trial practice does not stop him from serving the bar and the wider community. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) by his peers every year since 2013, and the Washington State Bar Association has awarded Hansen several commendations for his pro bono work. He currently serves in the Washington State House of Representatives, where he is the Chair of the Higher Education Committee. He has taught part-time at the University of Washington Law School. He is the author of a book, The Dream: Martin Luther King and the Speech That Inspired A Nation (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2003), which U.S. Representative John Lewis called “a great contribution to the history of the movement.” Pulitzer Prize-winner David Garrow said The Dream was “the best book in more than a decade on the movement's best-known leader,” and the Denver Post called it “essential reading for anyone trying to understand one of the great speeches in American history.” Hansen has given speeches and guest lectures across the country, ranging from a lesson on Dr. King to kindergarten classes in Houston to a nationally televised reading at the Los Angeles Public Library. He has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight, CBS's Early Show, CSPAN’s Book TV, CNNfn, and on the BBC, NPR and dozens of radio stations in the United States and around the world. Hansen’s editorials have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Politico, and USA TODAY, and his essay on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s theological education will appear in the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hansen began practicing at Susman Godfrey after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated from Yale Law School and Harvard University. Before law school, Hansen studied theology at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Hansen encourages you to contact his clients and opposing counsel for references:
Client, AAJ v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.
Barry Kaplan, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Opposing counsel, McGuire v. Dendreon
Dr. Devon G. Peña
Client, Peña v. GBS Financial Corp