SENATOR DREW HANSEN is a trial lawyer and legislator responsible for some of Washington State’s most significant progressive policies, including:

As a trial lawyer, Sen. Hansen frequently represents pension funds, small businesses, and others injured by financial fraud and other wrongdoing. Sen. Hansen’s significant cases include:

  • Volunteering pro bono to prevent a Texas power plant from opening that would have violated environmental law and contributed significantly to climate change (Application of Las Brisas Energy Center, LLC).
  • Representing the American Association of Justice, the national trial lawyers’ association, in the largest commercial litigation in its history: a case against Wachovia Bank alleging misconduct in the financial crisis (American Association of Justice v. Wachovia Bank).
  • Serving as one of several court-appointed co-lead counsels in a class action lawsuit claiming that some of the world’s largest banks colluded to fix a key interest rate during the financial crisis, diverting hundreds of millions of dollars from union pension funds, cities, nonprofits, and others into the banks’ own pockets (In re LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation).

Sen. Hansen taught civil rights law and history at the University of Washington Law School, and he is the author of: The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired A Nation (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2003), which U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) called “a great contribution to the history of the movement.”

Sen. Hansen graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, and he studied Theology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Julie, their two young children, and their dog. He has coached soccer as a volunteer with the Bainbridge Island Football Club and he attends Bethany Lutheran Church with his family.

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