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HANSON AND HANSON, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, P.C., is an Illinois professional corporation. Its principals are John V. Hanson and Ellen C. Hanson, both admitted to practice law in Illinois by the Illinois Supreme Court. The firm was established in 1971 as a partnership known as Hanson and Hanson. 1993, it was incorporated in its present form and authorized by the Supreme Court to practice law.

Ellen C. Hanson, Esq.

Ellen C. Hanson has concentrated her practice in Social Security Law for claimants before the Social Security Administration from the beginning of the application to the federal court. She represents claimants in Southern, Central and Northern Illinois United States District Courts and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Her representation of Social Security Claimants is aggressive and forceful as the Social Security Administration in Illinois is significantly denying claimants their benefits.

She is a graduate of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and Washington University Law School in St. Louis, Missouri. She passed her bar exams in both Missouri and Illinois. She has lived in Illinois since 1971 and has been active in representing the mentally ill, the homeless, and the developmentally disabled in community organizations.

Ellen graduated with honors while at ASU while specializing in the study of  Social Work, Sociology and Psychology.   She always knew that whatever she did would involve helping others.  Disability is personal to so many families.  When her father was 13, his father was injured in a farm accident, necessitating that her father as, a 13 year old, had  to support his parents and his younger sister and brother.   Being disabled is tough and sometimes it seems the  obstacles placed by the Social Security Administration are daunting.  Ellen is a good listener and has a passion for representing the disabled.  

John V. Hanson, Esq.

John V. Hanson was born on October 23, 1944, and was raised in Northern Illinois. He graduated from McHenry High School, McHenry, Illinois in 1962. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1966 and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1969. After law school, he passed bar examinations in the States of Missouri and Illinois. He practiced for a brief period of time in St. Louis with the firm of Switzer and Switzer prior to moving to Morris, Illinois in October 1971. From 1971 to 1974, John served as Assistant States Attorney to the Honorable Richard R. Wilder, Grundy County States Attorney. He has been in private practice with his wife, Ellen C. Hanson, since moving to Morris. Their firm has been Hanson and Hanson, except for a brief period from 1974 to 1976, when they associated with Robert H. Adcock in the firm of Adcock and Hanson, Ltd.

John is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Grundy County Bar Association. He is local counsel for Morris Hospital on real estate, business and non-healthcare issues and a member of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys. He has served as counsel for Erienna, Nettle Creek and Wauponsee Townships. He has been counsel for the Village of Gardner, Illinois, Nettle Creek School District 104 and Saratoga School District 60C. His current practice has gravitated to estate planning, probate, litigation of contested estates and trusts, real estate law and small business and corporate law.

John has served on the Board of Trustees of the Grundy County Housing Authority since 1988. He was elected Authority Chairman in 1990 and held that position until 2010. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Authority and Secretary/Treasurer of its not-for-profit subsidiary, Grundy Development Corporation. He served on the Morris Hospital Board from 1980 to 1990 and was chairman of that board from 1986 to 1990. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morris. He is a past master and member of Marseilles Masonic Lodge No. 417 John’s outside interests include hunting, blacksmithing, rifle building, tennis, cooking and gardening.

Brian D. Johnson, Esq.

Brian D. Johnson was born and raised in Newark, Illinois. He graduated from Newark Community High School in 1998 and Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois in 2002. He graduated Lewis University with High Honors with a B.A. in Communications. He then graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2006.

Brian first joined Hanson and Hanson in May of 2005 as a law clerk working in the area of Social Security Disability. After graduation from law school he worked as an associate attorney for a law firm in Orland Park, Illinois focusing on Creditor’s Rights.

In January of 2009 Brian again joined Hanson and Hanson focusing primarily on the area of Social Security Disability where he represents clients through the administrative disability process as well as in the Federal District Courts.

Brian is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Grundy County Bar Association. He currently lives in Morris with his wife, Cindy, and his three children. He is also an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris.

Robert E. Fisher, Esq.

Rob focuses on giving social security disability clients the voice they so desire in a process that can be difficult, and at times, overwhelming for them. As a part of the Hanson and Hanson team dedicated to providing quality client service, he is a friendly face that is accessible when the client is in need. Too often do social security law firms represent clients without even meeting them, so avoid that pitfall and get your personal service with us by sending an email or calling us for a free consultation at the number displayed on the page.

Academic Background

Robert E. Fisher was raised in Minooka, IL and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. He also earned his Spanish minor and became completely bilingual by living with a host family and attending advanced classes at the prestigious Instituto San Joaquín de Flores in Costa Rica. He then attended graduate school at Illinois for his CPA Certificate and later passed the Illinois Board of Examiner’s CPA exam.