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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 as well.


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.


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 FIR..t\1, P:C., in 1999 and began to focus her family law practice on collaborative law and mediation, particularly collaborative divorce and mediated divorce.


Life Experiences: 


Having personally 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, while encouraging them to plan and prepare for a positive future.


Practice Group Membership 


  • IACP-Intemational 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, i.D., 1992,
  • Judicial Law Clerk at New Mexico Court of Appeals ( 1992-1994)

Contact Me

One Executive Center
8500 Menaul NE, Suite B-550
Albuquerque, NM 87112
t: (505) 243-0900
f: (505) 243-5785
Email: channa@nmdivorce.com

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