Rupert P. Hansen

Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen LLP

Recognized since 2006

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

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Rupert P. Hansen is a founding partner of Cox, Wootton, Griffin, Hansen & Poulos LLP. Prior to joining Cox Wootton, Mr. Hansen was a partner with the international law firm of Graham & James, LLP in San Francisco.

Mr. Hansen has over 30 years of litigation and transactional experience in the field of maritime law. He also represents cliemts in matters involving commercial, environmental, financial and construction law and litigation. Mr. Hansen represents a variety of business interests, including marine and transportation entities, financial institutions, developers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, property owners, construction companies, and media companies. He has experience as lead counsel in complex trials and appellate matters in both federal and state courts, as well as in international arbitration. Mr. Hansen also engages in transactional and finance work, and is regularly called upon to serve as a mediator and arbitrator within the areas of his expertise. He is regularly retained by large law firms to assist them and their clients in transactions that have complicated components of maritime finance or shipping regulation. Mr. Hansen has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and also has testified as an expert witness in marine insurance matters. .

Contact & Links


  • 900 Front Street, Suite 350
    San Francisco, CA 94111


  • California Western School of Law, graduated 1978
  • Tulane University, graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California


  • Marin County Bar Association - Member
  • University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal - Executive Committee Member and Permanent Advisory Board Member
  • Pacific Admiralty Law Seminar - Past Chair
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Proctor Member
  • American Bar Association (Tort & Insurance Section, Admiralty & Maritime Law Subcommittee) - Past Chair
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section) - Member
  • California Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law

Special Focus:

  • COVID-19
  • Litigation


  • 2010 - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009 - Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2009 - Named One of the Best Lawyers in the Bay Area by San Francisco Business Times
  • 2009 - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008 - Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2008 - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007 - Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2007 - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2006 - Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2005 - Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2004 - Northern California Super Lawyer
  • "AV" Rated by Martindale Hubble since 1994


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