Chris Hansen (attorney)

This article is about the ACLU attorney. For other people named Chris Hansen, see Chris Hansen (disambiguation).

Christopher A. Hansen is an American civil rights attorney, notable for litigating many cases while at the ACLU, including the AMP v. Myriad Genetics (2013) case at the US Supreme Court and the ACLU's efforts in ACLU v. Reno (1997).[1] Hansen was at the ACLU for 40 years, from 1973 to 2013, retiring as Senior National Staff Counsel, and the ACLU's longest-serving attorney.[2]

Hansen attended Carleton College and earned a law degree from the University of Chicago. He joined the ACLU in 1973, working with its new-found Mental Health Law Project.

Notable cases litigated


  1. Chris Hansen, ACLU staff bio.
  2. "Chris Hansen, the ACLU's Longest Serving Attorney", Wall Street Journal (Law Blog), 2012/11/09.
  3. John Schwartz and Andrew Pollack, "Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent", New York Times, March 29, 2010.
  4. Larry Smith, "What's Next: The Plaintiff's Perspective - Plaintiff's Challenge Could Spell Opportunity for the Biotech Industry", Levick Daily, Nov. 11, 2009 ("interview[ing] top plaintiffs' attorneys for their perspective on the crises likely to affect businesses in the near future").

Further research

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