Erik F. Hansen


Burns & Hansen, P.A.
8401 Wayzata Blvd.
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55426

Tel: 952-564-6262


Erik Hansen practices chiefly in appeals, civil litigation, business litigation and real estate. He has been listed by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine as a Super Lawyer or a Rising Star each year since 2006. In 2016 he was named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer. In 2008, Mr. Hansen was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, and reappointed in 2009, 2013, and 2018.

Mr. 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, 2014-2018). 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).

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 05/2000
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • University of Minnesota – Morris, Morris, Minnesota
    • B.A. – 05/1997
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: European Studies
Bar Admission
  • 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
  • Barrister, Order of Veritas, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Barrister, Order of Certus, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Minnesota Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2011
  • Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2006
  • North Star Lawyer, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award, 2013
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation named litigation over Peavey Plaza one of the Top 10 Preservation victories in the country, 2014

The law firm of Burns & Hansen, P.A., prepares and presents both civil and criminal appeals. We have successfully appealed convictions, verdicts and judgments from bench trials and jury trials in state and federal courts. In fact, our attorneys set the record for one of the fastest successful appeals in Minnesota state history — three hours!

Our accomplished lawyers have argued appeals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, with numerous published decisions. We represent individuals and businesses in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities and statewide, and invite you to a free initial discussion to examine your case.

In civil matters, our attorneys have appealed jury awards, other verdicts, summary judgments or other dispositive rulings of a trial court, and appeals of administrative or governmental entity decisions. Our appellate cases mirror our civil litigation practice – appeals over business deals, real estate transactions, property takings, land use, contracts and leases, employment, intellectual property, divorce and custody, probate and bankruptcy.

We have handled appeals of felony criminal convictions or overly harsh sentences with the goal of setting aside the conviction or reducing a prison term or winning a new trial or reconsideration by the trial judge.

The law firm of Burns & Hansen, P.A., is built on a model of direct access to experienced and aggressive trial lawyers. With diverse strengths in many areas of the law, our accomplished legal team provides solid counsel and fierce courtroom representation for nearly any legal issue.

Our core clients include small to midsize businesses as well as individuals and families in Hennepin County, across the Twin Cities, and throughout the country. We are known for our passionate representation, demonstrated results and attentive, responsive service. As a small firm, we can deliver quality legal services at competitive rates and maintain close relationships with our clients.

As a team, each attorney at Burns & Hansen, P.A., provides a comprehensive menu of legal services. Our practice covers every facet of business law and litigation, every aspect of real estate, and addresses legal issues in the personal lives of our clientele, including debt relief, foreclosure, divorce, estate planning and civil lawsuits. We also have a robust practice in both civil and civil appeals.

Our clients include businesses and banks, developers and construction contractors, landlords and employers as well as individuals, families and homeowners associations. Our reputation on behalf of a nucleus clientele in Minneapolis and the West Metro has introduced us to new clients throughout the Twin Cities region statewide Minnesota as well as throughout the country and the world.

To schedule an appointment with Mr. Hanson, please call the main office number (952-564-6262).