Chicago Business Law, Real Estate & Property Law, and Civil Law Attorney

Law Offices of William G. Hanson: Chicago, Illinois

We a civil litigation and trial law office concentrating in business, real estate and general civil law in state and federal trial courts with a track record of success in finding favorable solutions to sometimes complex and difficult problems.  Our offices are located in Chicago's Gold Coast at One Magnificent Mile on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street.

William G. Hanson

Principal Attorney

William Hanson has 32 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer in state and federal court rooms across the United States. His experience includes representing some of America's largest companies to some of its smallest. From working on the Chevron/Texaco merger in San Francisco, to products liabilty claims on behalf of General Motors, Catepillar, Nissan and Ford in Boston, to representing restauranteurs in San Jose, to real estate brokers and salespersons in Walnut Creek, California, to large manufacturers and midsized businesses in Chicago, Hanson comes to the table with a wealth of experience, a solid track record and the wisdom to flush out the best result for his clients.

What Can We Help You With?

Contract Drafting & Negotiation: Advancing Your Upside, Guarding Your Downside

The terms of a business agreement or contract must be clear and well articulated. If a dispute arises, your rights and liabilities will be governed by your contract. Once we understand your goals and objectives, we draft, negotiate and advance those terms favorable to your interests and to protect you from downside events that might occur.

Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation

We have the tools and experience to provide you with options and solutions. Depending on the details of your case, resolving the dispute may call for mediation, arbitration or litigation, or sometimes just a meeting where agreements can be made. We have a long history of successful advocacy, not only in the trial courts but also in all alternative dispute resolution forums.

Civil Litigation & Trial Advocacy

Our strength and expertise in all of the areas we practice law come from our history of success at trial. On those occasions where settlement cannot be reached, we do not hesitate to take a more aggressive approach. Should your case call for litigation, we will advocate fiercely and unapologetically through trial. This is our forte.

Recent Case Results

The Purchase and Sale of a Marina

After purchasing a marina, our client discovered the seller failed to disclose
pertinent property information. We forced the seller to return $405,000.00 of
the purchase price.


We represented a landlord after a commercial tenant abandoned its lease
without warning. At trial, our client was awarded all of her damages as well
as all of her attorney's fees and related costs of $204,934.00.


An electrical subcontractor was sued by a dissatisfied homeowner. We forced
the reluctant general contractor to fully defend and indemnify our client, who
paid nothing.

Areas of Focus

Fighting to protect all you’ve worked for

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Serving the Chicago area and all of Illinois

Whether you need an aggressive trial attorney, a seasoned negotiator, or simply a reliable legal advisor, we are prepared and ready to guide you through your legal issues to a favorable solution.  Our clients come to us with a wide array of legal concerns. First, we listen carefully. We'll ask questions and answer your questions and advise you on how best to prosecute or protect your interests whether it is a business, a property, or other asset or right. This means we become familiar with your unique circumstances and objectives. We work to resolve legal issues after they arise and take preventative measures to protect our clients from future legal issues that might arise. Whether aggressively pursuing or defending a matter in litigation, structuring a transaction or providing outside general counsel services, we are responsive, communicate effectively and always keep our clients advised of their options. 

If you are involved in a business dispute, a real estate transaction or a disagreement that you're having trouble getting resolved, consider giving us a call to discuss your circumstances, without obligation. We speak candidly with our clients and can help you with possible options and remedies you might not have considered. A dispute with legal implications can be a stressful event. We can help you see clearly through the uncertainty to the solution. We have over three decades of finding practical, effective and efficient legal solutions to often complex legal issues. We take our fiduciary responsibilities to our cleints very seriously and do what it takes to obtain favorable results.