Alumni Profile: Jeff Hanson '92 

Perkins Coie LLP
Major: Political Science and Math

What are you doing now?
I am a partner with the law firm Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. A commercial litigator, I represent clients in a broad range of disputes, including with respect to contract, intellectual property, and consumer protection claims. I have represented clients in the online retail, telecommunications and aerospace sectors, among many others.

Tell us about yourself.
After Linfield, I went to graduate school in political science, then worked for a few years with the California Assembly and two public policy think tanks. I changed course and went to law school because I wanted a profession that emphasizes research and writing while also having practical relevance. It was a good match for my interests, and my wife and I enjoyed our four-year stint on the East Coast for law school and a judicial clerkship. Still, we were excited to return home and settle permanently in the Seattle area, where we live with our thirteen-year-old daughter.

How did Linfield help prepare you for your career?
Linfield provided me with many unique opportunities and prepared me well for graduate school, law school and my career. Professors Leichter and Tenofsky in the political science department encouraged robust debate, and they were instrumental in helping me develop my analytical and writing skills. Similarly, my professors in the math department prepared me well for graduate school and my career, and that training has been more directly relevant than I anticipated at the time. Finally, during my time at Linfield from 1988 through 1992, students and faculty across the ideological spectrum welcomed opposing views and engaged in healthy debate. That proved valuable training for me, and I hope Linfield can continue to distinguish itself by fostering open, lively, and respectful debate.