Firm History

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1946

Trials

At the end of World War II, Horace R. Hansen became chief prosecutor at the Dachau Concentration Camp. He prosecuted Nazis and witnessed other war-crimes trials.

On his staff were five of Hitler’s non-Nazi recorders who gave Hansen “insight into and information (some of it never reported elsewhere) about how Hitler rose to power, established dictatorship, and directed his war.”

Hansen prosecuted some GIs for multiple rape against German women and received a Bronze Star for his “outstanding service in the case, the solution of which appeared impossible. This pattern of proof laid a foundation for other prosecutions.”

Source: University of Minnesota

1946

Old STP

Hansen returned to St. Paul and joined forces with attorney Larry Hazen, whom he had known before the war, and three others to form Hansen, Robins, Davis, Lyons & Hazen. Later that year, Hansen and Hazen formed their own partnership. They soon became known as tough and innovative litigators. The firm they created remained in downtown St. Paul for the next 50 years before moving to its current location in Arden Hills.

1963

Bradt and Dordell

Wayne “Tim” Dordell joins the firm. Later that year he persuades his law school classmate and friend Gene Bradt to take a position with the firm.

1963

James Lynch, who had joined the firm several years earlier, left to become a Ramsey County municipal judge and then, in 1971, a district court judge where he served with distinction for the next 20 years.

1970

Dave

Dave Odlaug joins the firm and 46 years later continues to serve his clients in an “of counsel” position.

1973

Team

Bill Bradt, brother of Gene Bradt, joins Hansen, Hazen, Dordell and Bradt, the firm name at the time.

1974

Hazen retires after 28 years of leadership within the firm, profession, and community.

1976

With the retirement of Hazen, the firm becomes Hansen, Dordell & Bradt.

1976

Darrell Hart joins the firm and practices until his retirement in 2002.

1976

Mark CatronMark Catron joins the firm. After 40 years, he continues to represent clients and mediate cases in an “of counsel” position.

1979

Mark Suby joins the firm where he practices until his retirement in 2004.

1981

John Guthmann joins the firm.

1981

Randall W. SayersCurrent partner Randall Sayers joins the firm. Learn more about Randy and his practice.

1982

Way Old Logo

The firm changes its name to Hansen Dordell Bradt Odlaug & Bradt, PLLP.

1985

James A. SchapsCurrent partner James Schaps joins the firm. Learn more about Jamie and his practice.

1990

Craig B. NicholsCurrent partner Craig Nichols joins the firm. Learn more about Craig and his practice.

1996

Location

Hansen Dordell Bradt Odlaug & Bradt moves to its current location in St. Paul, MN.

1998

Joseph G. TwomeyCurrent partner Joseph Twomey joins the firm. Learn more about Joe and his practice.

2000

After 37 years, Tim Dordell retires.

2002

Book

Horace R. Hansen publishes Witness to Barbarism via Thousand Pinetree Press: “My story comprises an eyewitness report (including personal photos) of my journey across Europe with the liberating forces, the testimony of trial witnesses heard firsthand, and personal interview with intimate observers of Hitler in action. I tell it as here and now.”

“A chilling insight into the thoughts and behavior of Hitler and his followers…”

— St. Paul Pioneer Press

2002

Current partner Frederick Kaiser joins the firm after a lengthy career at The Hartford. Learn more about Fred and his practice.

2004

41 years after joining his friend and the firm, Gene Bradt formally retires.

2005

Colleen O. KaufenbergCurrent partner Colleen Kaufenberg joins the firm. Learn more about Colleen and her practice.

2006

Old Logo

The firm undergoes rebranding.

2008

John Guthmann is appointed a Ramsey County District Court Judge by Governor Pawlenty.

2011

William M. BradtFollowing a successful 38 year career with the firm, Bill Bradt retires.

2015

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Hansen Dordell rebrands in 2015 with a new name, new website and new visual identity.

2016

Hansen Dordell celebrates 70 years of excellence

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