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Kelly Hanker

Kelly Hanker






University of Iowa College of Law
– J.D. Juris Doctor

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
– Bachelor of Arts in History of Art


Kelly Hanker

Kelly Hanker is a trial attorney known for increasing the value of cases across the country, including catastrophic and traumatic injury, employment, business litigation, class action, and medical malpractice cases. Kelly’s connection to her clients after sustaining a life-long disability in a car crash herself and being called in to the Plaintiff’s side by her then trial attorney—now mentor, Nick Rowley—is unmatched. Kelly, now often referred to as the Empathy Lawyer, has repeatedly been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Southern California, is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Method trial college and has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a finalist for Philanthropist of the Year. She also serves on the Foundation Board of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Consumer Attorneys of California Women’s Caucus, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’s Women in Law Committee and is a member of AAJ.

Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a B.A. in the History of Art. She received her J.D. from the University of Iowa, College of Law, where she was Case Editor of the Moot Court Board and received the Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors. Kelly was also a Member of the Journal of Corporation Law and won an award for Outstanding Student Writer. During her last year of law school, Kelly externed for Magistrate Judge John A. Jarvey in the Northern District of Iowa.