Tom Hansen
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United States

Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP



Hansen is proud of the culture he and his partners have passed down to more recent hires at the firm he cofounded 34 years ago, which he often refers to as a multi-generational boutique. In turn, the lawyers working under him are likely to be envious of his client list, which includes Robert Downey Jr., Al Pacino, Stephen Colbert, prolific writer-producer John Wells and writer-director Steve Kloves. In recent years, he has numerous headline-making deals, such as the 2020 sale of Bill Simmons’ website and podcasting network, The Ringer, to Spotify. Other actions haven’t been heralded as much, like helping Downey set up the Footprint Coalition, which has nonprofit and for-profit capabilities and goals, both focused on employing technology to decrease carbon emissions and combat human-caused climate change.


  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP


  • University of California–Santa Barbara (CA, USA)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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