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Kurt W. Hansson

Partner, Litigation Department
T 1(212) 318-6627
F 1(212) 230-7843

Kurt Hansson is the global vice-chairman of the Paul Hastings Litigation department managing more than 300 litigators worldwide. He is based in the firm's New York office. Mr. Hansson has over 30 years of first chair trial and arbitration experience. His practice is principally concentrated in complex litigation matters, and governmental and internal investigations.  Mr. Hansson is known for his creative and practical approach to resolving complex legal disputes for clients such as General Electric, Coliseum Capital, GlaxoSmithKline, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Star China Media Limited, Plaza Realty and UBS.

Mr. Hansson also has extensive knowledge and experience in various forms of alternative dispute resolution matters. He was instrumental in establishing GE's Early Dispute Resolution and Early Case Assessment program and has helped develop similar programs for many other Fortune 500 clients. These programs are specifically designed to help reduce litigation costs and liabilities for clients, by identifying litigation risks and potential business solutions early in the dispute process.

Mr. Hansson is a member of the state and federal bars in the states of Connecticut and New York, as well as, the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the bars of the New York Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


  • Star China Media Limited in various arbitration proceedings against Talpa Global B.V. related to The Voice of China format
  • General Electric and related companies in numerous actions concerning various commercial and investment disputes
  • Coliseum Capital Management in multiple M&A and securities litigation matters in Delaware Chancery Court
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings in adversary bankruptcy proceedings and related arbitrations regarding derivative contracts
  • UBS in federal court and FINRA arbitrations related to auction rate securities
  • Plaza Realty in thousands of mass tort cases arising out of rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center site
  • Republic of Philippines in a complex international matter concerning the proper ownership of millions of dollars in Philippine assets and sovereign immunity issue
  • Numerous representations of clients in internal and government investigations before the SEC and the Department of Justice


  • The American University - Washington College of Law, J.D., 1986 (Note and Comment Editor for the American University Journal of International Law and Policy)
  • Tufts University, B.A. in Political Science, 1980