Welcome. The Law Office of Michelle A. Hanson is focused on providing legal services to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. Sometimes good intentions need assistance.  My goal is to provide clients with practical and efficient legal services, and to offer advice in a straightforward and understandable way. 

I routinely assist with day-to-day operational issues, such as:


  1. Corporate Governance: initial and amended corporate filings, bylaws, volunteer policies, conflict of interest matters, mergers, and dissolutions
  2. Tax Compliance: federal income tax exemption, state tax registration and exemptions, and affiliated 501(c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(6) organizations
  3. State Charitable Solicitation Registration
  4. Certification and Accreditation Programs:  policies and procedures, complaints, disciplinary matters, and credential misuse
  5. Employment:  employment contracts, employee discipline, and employee handbooks
  6. Contracts: consultants, intellectual property, fundraising, office and facility leases, testing companies, and other business transactions
  7. Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements

About Michelle A. Hanson

I graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997 and from Bemidji State University in 1994 with a degree in philosophy.


After law school, I spent two years in Ukraine as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.  I taught English language and American culture, and advised on nongovernmental organization operations and grant writing.


In 2000, I moved to Washington, DC, and joined the law firm of Dorn & Klamp, PC, as an associate.


From 2004-2007, I worked as the Contracts Administrator at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


In 2007, I returned to Dorn & Klamp as of counsel, and then joined with Susan Dorn to form Dorn & Hanson, PC, in 2008.


In 2011, I opened The Law Office of Michelle A. Hanson.


I am a member of the bar in Minnesota, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  

Contact Us

The Law Office of Michelle A. Hanson

200-A Monroe St., Suite 233, Rockville, MD 20850

(202) 670-9760 -- mahanson@mahansonlaw.com