About Us

We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!


Our Story

Family Law Is Our Sole Focus.
Our complete practice is dedicated to family law; dealing with a constantly shifting legal landscape, we set aside the time required and a steadfast focus to stay current on all the changes. Law is not an immoveable stone; subtle changes to the implementation and interpretation of law occur every day. Keeping up to date in our practice areas gives us a stronger hold on principles of family law that benefits our clients directly. It is something we take seriously.
Working as a Team
Our practice has access to other professionals, such as litigation consultant, real estate consultants, CPAs, and child psychologists, to discuss aspects of our cases to ensure we have the best information possible for our clients. While Claire Sanderson Hanna is the manager and strategist of a case, additional input can be very beneficial for our clients.
Claire Sanderson Hanna Law Firm's collective experience and insight gives her clients a thorough, concise approach pertaining to their case and is available only through the best strategies. Claire Sanderson Hanna offers boutique legal service and works with other professional consultants and co-counsel when appropriate and necessary. However, frequently, Claire Sanderson Hanna, as the attorney in your legal matter, is the sole attorney involved.

Our Team

Profile of Claire Sanderson Hanna Law Firm


Claire Sanderson Hanna is a family lawyer, whose practice has been limited to family law and mediation since 1994. Her credentials include ten years as a certified family law specialist from 2004 to 2013. Since real estate is often an essential asset in a divorce, Claire Sanderson Hanna expanded her knowledge-base in real estate in 2008 to become a licensed real estate broker


Collective Knowledge


Prior to her career in domestic relations, collaborative law, family law, and divorce mediation, Claire Sanderson Hanna was a publisher and editor in New York City and Albuquerque publishing houses. Claire Sanderson Hanna obtained her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1992 and served as a judicial law clerk for the Court of Appeals for two years after graduating from law school. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, graduated in the top one percent of her class, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Originally from Upstate New York, Claire Sanderson Hanna has resided in New Mexico since 1986.



Claire Hanna posing with the Albuquerque Collaborative Divorce Alternatives Practice Group.


Upon completion of the judicial clerkship, Ms. Hanna spent five years with a large Albuquerque domestic relations law firm. Her exposure to high profile cases and complex litigation throughout the state honed her skills and provided a broad range of experiences. Given her independent nature, Ms. Hanna founded her own law firm, CLAIRE SANDERSON HANNA LAW FIRM, P.C., in 1999 and began focusing her family law practice on collaborative law and mediation, particularly collaborative divorce and mediated divorce.


Life Experiences:


Having experienced a divorce, Ms. Hanna understands the emotional and financial stresses of a difficult family law matter. She assists clients as they go through this difficult time, encouraging them to plan and prepare for a positive future.


Practice Group Membership


IACP-International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group
New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, Inc.
Albuquerque Collaborative Divorce Alternatives Practice Group


Professional Activities


1992-Present New Mexico State Bar
1994-Present New Mexico Family Law Section member
IACP-International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group
1998-2004 New Mexico State Bar Family Law Section Board Member
Albuquerque Collaborative Divorce Alternatives Practice Group
Albuquerque Bar Association




Undergraduate Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Phi Beta Kappa
Graduated Top One Percent of Class 1978


Professional Education


University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1992,
Judicial Law Clerk at New Mexico Court of Appeals (1992-1994)