Kristiné M. Hansen

Associate at Gilbert LLP

2009 | Washington DC

The George Washington University | Political Science with minor in Women’s Studies

“MSU Law provided me with great professors – both academics and practitioners – who reinforced the legal basics.”

Kristiné Hansen's practice involves representing corporate and individual clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts in insurance coverage disputes, including bodily injury, asbestos, and property coverage. “The most rewarding part of my current position is that I am undertaking challenging legal work in a firm that fosters and encourages attorney growth in a team environment,” she said.

During her time at MSU Law she was the executive editor of the Journal of International Law (now International Law Review) and two-time competitor in The Annual William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna, Austria.

“As a student, MSU Law's strengths were many,” Hansen said. “First, MSU Law provided me with a great ground in the legal basics - torts, contracts, civil procedure, evidence, and legal writing. Second, MSU Law provided me the opportunity to both join a journal and a moot team. I wrote and argued, both of which are key to an attorney.”

Hansen also values non-profit work and has done several cases of pro bono work for her community. She filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Maricopa County Branch and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum v. Tom Horne, and she represented a pro bono client in civil action against a local hospital to recover stolen assets. She also recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al. 

Hansen advises students to remember the practical aspects of becoming a lawyer. “Make sure you include and devour this area either via law school activities or in your summer positions,” she said.