About Us


Attorney at Law

Mark Hanson’s ten years experience in business and banking before becoming an attorney gives him the perspective of his clients’ desire to reach solutions that work for the client and work for the other parties as well. With twenty-five years experience as a real estate and small business, and estate and trust attorney, Mark is experienced in assisting his clients in all aspects of real estate and business law. His experience includes everything from contract negotiation and dispute resolution to real estate and business transactions, security enforcement, title resolution, real estate development, and landlord representation – addressed in the office or another forum. In addition, Mark aids his clients in estate planning, trusts and probate administration.

Mark also finds time to serve as a contributing author to the Iowa State Bar Association’s Real Estate Manual, served as Chair of the ISBA’s Real Property Committee and is a past member of the ISBA’s Title Standards Committee.


    • General practice including but not limited to:
    • Real Estate Law
    • Banking Law
    • Business Law
    • Debtor and Creditor Law
    • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate Law
    • Zoning, Planning and Land Use Law



J.D. University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction, 1986 (Associate Editor: Iowa Law Review, 1985-1986)

M.B.A. Drake University, 1972

B.S. Iowa State University, 1970, Agricultural Business


Admitted to Practice (State):

Iowa, 1986


Published Cases:

Baratta v. Polk County Health Services, 588 N.W.2d 107 (Iowa 1999)


Professional Activities and Affiliations:

    • American Bar Association (Sections: Business Law; Real Property, Probate & Trust Law)
    • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Business Law; Probate & Trust Law; Real Estate & Title Law; Board of Governors, 2004-2008); Title Standards Committee
    • Lincoln Inne of Court
    • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
    • Polk County Bar Association (Board of Governors; Co-Chair: Real Estate Committee, 2004-2008)


Selected Publications, Presentations:

    • Regular Presenter on Legal Issues for Landlords for Iowa Landlord Association, Educational Seminars
    • Author, monthly “Ask the Lawyer” column for Iowa Landlords’ Association


Work Experience:

    • Attorney at Law Hanson Law P.C., 2011 – present
    • Attorney at Law Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. 1986 – 2011
    • Credit Analyst with Security Bank, Billings, Montana, 1982-1984
    • Vice-President of Marketing, Hanson Silo Company, Lake View, Iowa, 1974-1982
    • U.S. Army: First Lieutenant, 1972-1974 – Airborne


Civic and Volunteer Activities:

    • Mid-Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America (Vice President, Executive Board 2001-present; Executive Committee 2007- present; Chairman of Raccoon River Valley District, 2005-2007; Scoutmaster 1997 – 2005)
    • Rotary Club of NW Des Moines (Board of Directors, 2001-2005)
    • Iowa PTA (Vice-President: Board of Directors, 1992-1995)
    • City Council Member: Lake View, Iowa, 1979-1982




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