Chris Hansen (attorney)
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). 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.
Notable cases litigated
- ACLU v. Reno (1997)
- NYSARC v. Carey, 393 F.Supp. 715 (EDNY 1975) (the Willowbrook case)
- ACLU v. Miller (N.D. Georgia 1997)
- ALA v. Pataki (SDNY June 20, 1997)
- Brown v. Board of Education (re-opened)
- G.L. v. Zumwalt, 564 F.Supp. 1030 (W.D. Mo. 1983), 731 F.Supp. 365 (W.D. Mo. 1990), 873 F.Supp. 252 (W.D. Mo. 1994)
- Jones v. Clinton, ACLU amicus brief
- Freeman v. Pitts, 503 U.S. 467 (1992)
- Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (2013)
- Chris Hansen, ACLU staff bio.
- "Chris Hansen, the ACLU's Longest Serving Attorney", Wall Street Journal (Law Blog), 2012/11/09.
- John Schwartz and Andrew Pollack, "Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent", New York Times, March 29, 2010.
- 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").
- Sept. 11, 2013, "From Willowbrook to Myriad: Insights from Four Decades at the ACLU", Vanderbilt University