William B. Hanson

William B. Hanson



Bill Hanson received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and history from the University of Arizona in 1970, and his Juris Doctor Degree (with distinction) from the College of Law of the University of Arizona in 1975.

Bill practiced employment law with the Arizona law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C., from 1975 through 1994. He was a Senior Shareholder in the firm when he moved to Bozeman in 1994, where he operated his own firm from 1994-2004. Bill became Of Counsel to Kasting, Kauffman & Mersen, P.C., in 2005.

Bill has practiced employment law throughout his 41 year legal career, representing employers in state and federal administrative agencies and trial and appellate courts in matters related to wrongful discharge, wage and hour claims, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Bill assists employers in drafting and enforcing covenants not to compete, personnel policies and procedures, and employment contracts.

Bill is a member of the Montana and Arizona Bars, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Montana and Arizona.

He has been listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” in Employment Law, received the “Outstanding Graduate” Award from the College of Law of the University of Arizona, and served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law in Pretrial Litigation at the University of Arizona’s College of Law. Bill has eleven reported appellate cases. He has been rated “AV-Preeminent” – the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards – by Martindale-Hubbell© since 1994.

Bill has served on the Boards of the Gallatin County Bar Association, The Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman, and the Bozeman Symphony Society. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Carondolet Health Care Corporation Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Labor Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

Bill speaks often for local, state, and national organizations presenting employment law seminars for Montana employers.

Bill completed the six day “Meditating the Litigated Case™” program offered by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University’s School of Law, and is available to provide his services in the mediation of disputed employment law matters.

Bill and his wife Janet live in Bozeman, where he enjoys road biking and photography.