Margaret A. Hanson
Maggie is a member of the firm’s Litigation Division Her practice focuses on employment law, business litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense, construction litigation, and products liability.
Maggie represents a wide variety of clients in both state and federal court, working primarily on defense of employers in disputes related to labor, discrimination/harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract/non-compete agreements, unemployment claims, and other employment-related issues. She also has experience resolving litigated matters in mediation, arbitration, and administrative forums.
Maggie currently serves on the firm’s internal Professional Personnel Committee, which handles attorney employment matters, including hiring, associate training, and the summer associate program. She has also served as a mentor and coordinator of the summer associate program.
Publications, Speeches and Seminars
- “Under Pressure? HR Solutions to Hiring, Firing, & Discipline,” Iowa Community Action Association Training Conference, July 2017.
“From Hire to Fire: Employment Issues for New Employers,” Iowa Brewers’ Guild, November 2016.
- “Drunk, High, and At Risk - Drug Testing and Medical or Not so Medical Marijuana,” Davis Brown Spring Seminar, April 2016.
- “The Law on Pregnancy Accommodations and Discrimination,” Davis Brown Spring Seminar, April 2016.
- “Strategies for Defending Unemployment Claims,” Davis Brown Spring Seminar, April 2015.
- “Independent Contractors and Temporary Workers in Today’s Employment Environment,” Davis Brown Employment Seminar, April 2014.
- 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation.
Maggie received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in May 2013, where she served as the contributing editor for the Iowa Law Review and as the Publicity Chair for the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. She was also awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, was a member of the Organization for Women Law Students and participated in the university’s study abroad law program in Arcachon, France.
In 2010, Maggie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied Cell and Developmental Biology and minored in Spanish. While at Iowa, Maggie was a member of the Honors Program, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was a recipient of the Old Gold Scholarship.
In addition, Maggie held the following leadership positions during her undergraduate career: Executive Secretary of the University of Iowa Student Government, Chi Omega Sisterhood Committee Chair and Parent’s Club Liaison, Honors Coordinator for the University of Iowa Homecoming Executive Council and Nothing But Nets Executive Board Member.