Sam Hanson

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Sam Hanson
Associate Justice
Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
Appointed byJesse Ventura
Preceded byJoan Erickson Lancaster
Succeeded byChristopher Dietzen
Personal details
Born (1939-08-26) August 26, 1939 (age 79)

Sam Hanson (born August 26, 1939) is an American lawyer and judge from the state of Minnesota. He served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2002 and as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 2002 to 2008. When not serving on the bench, he has practiced with the Minneapolis law firm of Briggs & Morgan.


Hanson earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and History from St. Olaf College in 1961. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1965.

After law school, Hanson clerked for future Chief Justice Douglas Amdahl and Justice Robert Sheran before joining Briggs & Morgan, where he specialized in civil litigation and utility regulation. In 2000, he was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Governor Jesse Ventura, where he served until his appointment to the Supreme Court. In 2007, he announced that he would step down from the Court, effective at the beginning of 2008.[1] Governor Tim Pawlenty named Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Christopher Dietzen to succeed Justice Hanson.[2]

Hanson and his wife, Mirja, have six children: Greta, Chrystina, Benjamin, Leif, Luke, and Jai.


  1. ^ Stawicki, Elizabeth (2007-11-11). "Hanson steps down from state Supreme Court". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  2. ^ "Pawlenty Taps Dietzen for Minnesota Supreme Court". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Joan Ericksen Lancaster
Associate Justice
Minnesota Supreme Court

Succeeded by
Christopher Dietzen