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Luke Hansen
Worked at Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Attended St. Norbert College
Lives in Hoboken, NJ
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Education
  • St. Norbert College
    BA: Business Administration, Political Science, 1999 - 2003
  • University of North Dakota School of Law
    J.D., 2003 - 2006
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  • Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
    Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2013 - 2013
    Specialized in representing the State of Washington in felony court proceedings by interacting with attorneys and judges, processing complex information, making concise arguments, and managing high case volume. • Collaborated with legal assistants to ensure smooth operation of court proceedings. • Interacted daily with up to 20 prosecuting attorneys to guarantee the State’s interests were properly represented. • Appeared in court every day on 40-60 cases on behalf of the State of Washington in felony court proceedings involving prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, sheriff deputies, interpreters, and defendants. • Reacted quickly to unforeseen occurrences and adjusted plans accordingly to ensure court operated smoothly. • Exhibited high comfort level with large amounts of dense data presented in a condensed timeframe. • Implemented changes to office and courtroom procedures to make the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the court more efficient.
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
    Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2011 - 2013
    Professionally represented the State of Washington and City of Tumwater in every stage of criminal proceedings by thoroughly reviewing law enforcement reports; working with law enforcement officers, witnesses, and victims; interacting with attorneys and judges; and managing extremely large caseload. • Presided over caseloads for Thurston County and the City of Tumwater that were in the hundreds; handled felonies, gross misdemeanors, and misdemeanors. • Reviewed facts in each Thurston County and City of Tumwater case; made charging decisions; made plea offers; negotiated resolutions with defense attorneys; met with law enforcement officers, witnesses, and victims; brainstormed with fellow prosecuting attorneys; worked with paralegals and legal assistants; argued cases in court; took 12 cases to trial; and handled appeals and probation violations. • Worked on long, complicated cases, many of which were open for a year or more. • Recruited by management to join a committee charged with revamping the office’s promotion policy. • Revamped many aspects of the criminal justice system in the City of Tumwater to make it more efficient and more reputable; namely, re-organized the court schedule so probation violations would only be heard on one docket a week to better balance the schedule, changed system so defense attorneys would receive plea offers in advance of court, and simplified court proceedings by grouping hearings by type.
  • Walstead Mertsching
    Associate Attorney, 2009 - 2011
    Served as trusted legal counsel for clients in need of help in both civil and criminal matters. Engaged in creative problem solving to ensure clients received maximum service for minimal costs. • Represented clients in civil proceedings ranging from property conflicts to financial disputes. • Met with clients to discuss the merits of their civil cases, researched strengths and weaknesses of cases, informed clients of likely outcomes, filed and responded to lawsuits, argued motions in court, negotiated settlements with opposing attorneys, and advised clients of best possible resolutions. • When appropriate, formulated creative solutions to complex legal problems that avoided costly litigation and were in clients’ best interests. • Started criminal defense practice at firm. Represented defendants throughout the criminal justice process; met with clients to discuss options, negotiated with prosecuting attorneys, and appeared in court.
  • United States District Court - District of North Dakota
    Law Clerk, 2007 - 2009
    Performed sophisticated legal research and produced publishable-quality legal writing for Judge Daniel L. Hovland, while ensuring the smooth operation of his chambers. • Took ownership of workload with limited oversight from Judge Hovland. • Thoroughly reviewed parties’ briefs in complex civil and criminal matters. Dissected arguments, finding flaws and weaknesses, along with strengths. • Performed exhaustive research to determine accuracy of parties’ legal arguments and to find on-point case law overlooked by parties. • Spent as much time as necessary on each order to ensure drafts presented to Judge Hovland did not miss any feasible argument or analysis. • Provided Judge Hovland in-depth explanations of issues and legal bases for my conclusions.
  • North Dakota Supreme Court
    Law Clerk, 2006 - 2007
    Conducted thorough legal research and drafted legal opinions that met the high standards of Justice Mary M. Maring of the North Dakota Supreme Court. • Conferred with Justice Maring on each case assigned to her chambers to determine the proper direction of judicial opinions. • Conducted exhaustive but disciplined research on 29 civil and criminal cases after dissecting parties’ and, in the case of dissents, justices’ legal arguments. • Drafted 29 well-reasoned legal opinions and dissents. • Collaborated with Justice Maring’s assistant on a daily basis to ensure legal opinions were of the highest quality.
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Hoboken, NJ
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Brooklyn, NY - Portland, OR - Tumwater, WA - Wauwatosa, WI - Bismarck, ND - Kelso, WA - Albuquerque, NM - Grand Forks, ND - Milwaukee, WI - Olympia, WA
We were in Portland over Thanksgiving in 2014. We were excited when we learned that there is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant right downtown. We didn't know what to expect but hoped for the best. We were blown away. We currently live in New York but would pick Green Elephant over just about every restaurant (vegan or non-vegan) that we have been to in NYC. It was that good. The decor is top-notch; it is classy but casual and is kept up well. Even though Green Elephant is technically a vegetarian restaurant it is very close to being vegan. All of the dishes we had were great. They were all lovely takes on Asian-influenced food. I like that they use jasmine brown rice; this is more in line with what we eat at home and is a welcome change from the typical white rice. It is also great that they do such a good job of notating whether dishes are vegan or if they can be made gluten free (not for us but for many other people, I am sure). It makes our lives easy that we don't have to ask about each dish with the hope that the server knows whether a dish is really vegan. I don't remember any issues with the service so it must have been solid. The next time we are in Portland Green Elephant will be on our shortlist of places to visit again (along with the many breweries).
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Pasquale's was my go-to spot when I attended St. Norbert College. The Italian Beef was quite the revelation for me. I had never been to Chicago for an Italian Beef so I was blown away the first time I had one. To this day I have never had one in Chicago so I can't compare Pasquale's to the best places in Chicago. I am sure someone from Chicago might say Pasquale's doesn't compare; I can't speak to that. All I know is that Pasquale's has some good food for its niche. I got so hooked on the Italian Beef that I don't think I have ever ordered anything else. I will say that the quality of the sandwich has occasionally varied. At its best, the Italian Beef has great bread and is very juicy. On a couple occasions the bread didn't seem as good and the sandwich was drier than normal. Luckily, the latter scenario has always been the exception. In addition to the amazing food, the prices are great and the service has never been bad. If you are in De Pere and looking for a place to eat that is unique to the Green Bay area, you'll want to give Pasquale's a try.
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I would prefer to give Boone Hall 5 stars but there were a couple things that prevented me from doing so. The grounds are quite beautiful; specifically the drive up to the plantation. The famous trees really are as beautiful as advertised. My wife and I did the house tour, the Gullah culture presentation, and the Slave Street and History talk. By far the highlight of our visit was the Gullah culture presentation. It was extremely informational. I had no idea about the Gullah culture so it was a much needed educational experience. The slave cabins were humbling; the information posted in them was greatly appreciated and well done. The Slave Street and History talk was fine but not as good as it should be given the topic. The house tour really wasn't anything special. You'll learn that the house is not original and that you won't be able to see most of it because the owners of the plantation still live upstairs. Here's what troubled me about Boone Hall. It felt like a tourist attraction instead of a solemn site of great historical significance. It is quite apparent that it is privately owned; it has a much different vibe than it would if it were run by the National Park Service, for example. There just doesn't seem to be quite enough respect for what happened there. Second, I was shocked by how visitors behaved while they were at the plantation. This isn't the fault of the plantation owners, of course. Nonetheless, I was disappointed to see many people treat the plantation like an amusement park. People were a bit too jovial for my taste. It is almost like they completely forgot that slaves were held and mistreated here. The way they posed for photos in the slave cabins made me think they didn't comprehend the magnitude of the site's history. Sad. It is a close call as to whether I would go to Boone Hall knowing what I know now. At the end of the day I would go back to learn about the history of the plantation and to learn about Gullah culture. If you go to Boone Hall for these purposes you'll be better off.
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Finding plant-based meals in downtown Dallas was a bit of a challenge. A ramen restaurant is usually a good bet to have something I can eat. When I discovered Tanoshii Ramen wasn't far from my conference I thought I would give it a shot. I am really glad I did. I had steamed vegetable dumplings and the yaki-ramen with no chicken. It was one of the best Asian-influenced meals I have had. The dumplings were very good. The yaki-ramen was amazing. The yaki-ramen combined great taste and spice with perfect texture. It was a treat. The portion is not huge so be prepared to order a second helping. That is what I did so I would have something to eat at my hotel. I would have loved to order a couple extra servings. In addition to the great food, the service was excellent. I sat at the bar. My server was very friendly and helpful with obliging my requests (no chicken; steamed dumplings). If I return to Dallas I'll revisit Tanoshii Ramen and Cold Beer Company while in Deep Ellum. That will make for a great evening.
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Note: This review only pertains to Husk Bar. The bar and restaurant are not separated on Google Maps. Husk Bar is a beautiful space in a re-purposed old building. I would love to learn the history of the building. Husk Bar has a very classy feel to it. This makes sense given the great reputation of the neighboring restaurant. You definitely have to pay for the classy feel and reputation but it is worth it as a special treat. They had great cocktails. This is definitely a place you go to for cocktails and not just a beer or wine. We didn't eat any food but it all looked pretty good. If you can, grab a table upstairs. We sat in a large U-shaped booth that was perfect for four of us. Although it was refreshing to go to a bar that didn't blare music, there was still music at Husk Bar. Strangely, it was classic rock. I am a huge classic rock fan but in this setting I thought something a little softer and classier would have been nice. Maybe jazz or blues. You might not go here often because it isn't cheap but if you want to treat yourself and your friends you can't do much better than Husk Bar.
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
If I had my choice of bars in Deep Ellum I would choose Cold Beer Company any day because it is more in line with my style. But, that doesn't mean Sandbar Cantina and Grill is bad. Sandbar is definitely a laid back place with the focus being on the beach volleyball courts. Given that it has that beach bar feel I was expecting nothing but Bud Light and its ilk. However, I was pleasantly surprised that there were at least a couple craft beers. I went with 4 stars because I do appreciate that Sandbar is providing a unique feature (beach volleyball) that sets it apart. I am sure I would love it here if I lived nearby and wanted to join a beach volleyball league.
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
I was in Dallas for the Congress for the New Urbanism's annual conference. As part of festivities, we had a pub crawl in Deep Ellum. Cold Beer Company definitely stood out. I really like the layout of CBC. It has a classy vibe without feeling pretentious. The outdoor area is especially attractive; it wraps around the building, including a walk-up outdoor bar. There are plenty of tables on the outdoor patio; I am sure they are quite popular whenever the weather is nice. The indoor/outdoor space blurs because of the large doors (garage doors, I believe). I spent my time outside at a table near the walk-up bar in the back; it made for an enjoyable, although brief, evening. For food, I only had the chips and dip. The real star though is the beer selection. I was pleased with the variety, especially the number of Texan craft beers. If I ever get back to Dallas I guarantee I will find my way back to Cold Beer Company. This is one of the best bars I've been to anywhere.
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