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Hayley E. Hanson

In just a few years, the education practice group at Husch Blackwell has gained a national reputation as a leader in educational law and represented clients ranging from K-12 school districts to major research institutions. As a member of the education team, Hayley Hanson has been a source of innovation, such as introducing the Clery Compliance Toolset, software that assists colleges and universities in complying with laws regarding campus safety, including gathering information about crimes on campus, drafting emergency procedures and filing reports. hanson-hayley

What are your proudest career accomplishments?

I am extremely proud of the team of exceptional attorneys that I have built at Husch Blackwell. Despite consistent growth, we remain a true team in terms of collaboration, supporting one another in practice development, and balancing our work with our personal lives.

What is the best advice you have given or received?

As a child, when I was complaining, my father would tell me “hungry dogs bite harder.” I didn’t really understand what it meant as a child, but as I grew I understood that in competition the person who wants it more typically wins. It was good advice that has followed me through my career.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I studied Shakespeare in college and continue to read my favorite play, The Taming of the Shrew.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My clients. I work with some of the best people, each of whom is committed to education and supporting the next generation of responsible leadership. I enjoy helping prevent and resolve issues for schools, colleges, and universities without going down the road to litigation.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a professional beach volleyball player. I played volleyball in college and was sure I could make it. Sadly, being from Iowa, I did not have a lot of practice jumping in sand and I quickly found out it is very difficult.