Jean E. Hanson

Jean E. Hanson

  • Of Counsel
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8198
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Jean Hanson joined the Firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1983.  Upon her retirement as a partner in 2012 she became of counsel and currently serves as such in the Restructuring and Insolvency Department of Fried Frank's New York office.

Ms. Hanson concentrates her practice on transactional representations and corporate counseling, including the corporate aspects of restructurings and distressed investments.

Ms. Hanson's transactional representations include acquisition and disposition transactions, public and private financings, joint ventures and initial public offerings.  The corporate counseling aspects of her practice include a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including governance, disclosure, executive compensation and shareholder and partnership matters.

Ms. Hanson has experience in many industries, including consumer products, financial services, energy, media, telecommunications and technology.  Her clients have included Banc of America Securities LLC; eFunds Corporation; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; JPMorgan Securities Inc.; Rand McNally & Co.; and Vornado Realty Trust, among others.

Ms. Hanson served as general counsel to the United States Treasury from 1993-1994, rejoining Fried Frank in 1994.  During her tenure as general counsel, she headed the 2,000-lawyer legal department, including the attorneys in the Internal Revenue Service; the Customs Service; the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; the Office of Thrift Supervision; the Secret Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Mint; the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; the Bureau of Public Debt; the Financial Management Service; and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Ms. Hanson writes on subjects related to her expertise and is a frequent speaker at seminars for clients and fellow professionals.  She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Executive Counsel magazine.  She has guest lectured at numerous law schools, including Columbia University Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Minnesota Law School.  She is a regular speaker at the Practising Law Institute "Securities Filings" seminar on topics including public offerings and the Securities Act of 1933. 

Ms. Hanson serves as Chair of the Board of Regents of Concordia College, Bronxville, New York.  She has been a member of the Board of Regents of Luther College and has received their Distinguished Service Award.  She has also served on the Board of Visitors of the University of Minnesota Law School and has received the University's Outstanding Achievement Award.  She also has been involved in numerous fundraising activities on behalf of, among others, Her Justice, formerly inMotion, and the Village Lutheran Church and Chapel School.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Hanson has been recognized by Legal 500 in Finance: Corporate Restructuring. 

Professional Associations

Member, American Bar Association (Business Law and International Law Sections)
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Member of the Securities Regulation Committee, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1991 - 1998)
Served as a member of the Association's Task Force on Women in the Profession (1995 - 1998)

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Practices & Industries


University of Minnesota Law School, JD – 1976
  • cum laude
Luther College, BA – 1971
  • magna cum laude
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