Max A. Hansen

Max A. Hansen

President
Location:
Dillon, Montana
Phone:
435-772-9079 (UT)
406-551-4431 (MT)
Fax:
406-683-4304 (MT)
Email:
Max A. Hansen was born in Dillon, Montana and raised in Dillon and Kalispell, Montana. His predecessors were ranchers from Southwestern Montana and loggers from the Northwestern part of the state.  After college in Montana and work and law school in Southern California, it was only natural that Max would return to his roots in Dillon.  He started his own firm in 1980 after a three year stint working for a general practice firm in Dillon and as a part time deputy county attorney. Max continued as a general practitioner for many years but as time went on he began to focus on real estate transactions and general business transactions for various clients in Montana, Utah and Idaho.  As part of his real estate practice, Max assisted his first client on an exchange transaction in 1979 and became more involved in those types of transactions. In addition to his Montana law practice, Max also became licensed to practice by and has continued as an active member of the State Bar of California, the Utah State Bar and the Idaho State Bar. Max now splits his time between Garland, Utah and Dillon, Montana.

During his tenure with the State Bar of Montana, he has served in various Board and officer positions culminating in a term as President and multiple terms as the State Bar Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.  During his almost 20 year tenure in the ABA House of Delegates he also served as the ABA Delegate from Montana and was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.  He still assists the Standing Committee from time to time and continues as a member of the Committee on Sales, Exchanges and Basis of the ABA Section of Taxation.
 

In 1991, Max's increasing involvement in property exchange transactions led him to form American Equity Exchange, Inc. which was one of the first 1031 exchange accommodator companies in the Rocky Mountain Region.  For over 23 years, in addition to maintaining his law practice, Max has led the staff at American Equity Exchange and its affiliated companies in their role of helping taxpayers, tax advisors and real estate professionals throughout the United States successfully complete property exchanges.  Max's vision for the law firm is that it will continue to play a vital role in assisting clients from all walks of life to be successful in their various endeavors and transactions. 

Year Joined Firm

  • 1976

Areas of Practice

  • Tax Deferred Exchanges
  • Real Estate Exchanges
  • Like Kind Exchanges
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Commercial Property Transactions
  • Business Transactions
  • Buying and Selling of Business
  • Conservation Easements
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Water Law
  • Water Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Montana, 1976
  • California, 1977
  • Utah, 1986
  • Idaho, 2013
  • U.S. District Court District of Montana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Idaho, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1976
  • Carroll College, Helena, Montana
    • B.A. - 1971

Published Works

  • "United States v. Solis", San Diego Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, 410, 1976

Representative Clients

  • Alpine Air Express, Inc.
  • Five Star Trailers, LLC
  • Draggin' Y Cattle Company
  • Santana Ranch, LLC
  • Hansen Livestock Co.
  • Northern Rodeo Assn.
  • American Equity Exchange, Inc.
  • Reverse Exchange Services, Inc.
  • Mogus Land and Livestock, LLC
  • Geoduck Land and Cattle, LLC
  • Nicholas Land & Livestock, LC
  • King Creek Grazing Assn.

References

  • State Bank & Trust Company (State Bank of Commerce), Dillon, MT
  • Ruby Valley National Bank, Twin Bridges, MT
  • Southern Montana Abstract & Title Co., Dillon, MT
  • Beaverhead Title Company, Dillon, MT

Honors and Awards

  • State Bar of Montana Distinguished Service Award, 1990 and 2008
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 5th Judicial District Bar Association, President, 1997
  • State Bar of Montana, Trustee, 1980 - 1987
  • State Bar of Montana, Chairman of the Board, 1984 - 1987
  • State Bar of Montana, President-Elect, 1987 - 1988
  • State Bar of Montana, President, 1988 - 1989
  • State Bar of Montana, Immediate Past President, 1989 - 1990
  • American Bar Association, Sections: Business; Estates; Trusts; Tax; Real Property, Delegate, 1989 - 1999
  • State Bar of Montana, Co-Chair, Supreme Court Gender Fairness Task Force, 1990 - 1993
  • State Bar of California
  • Utah State Bar
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sole Practitioners Subcommittee, 1990 - 1995
  • American Bar Association, General Practice Section, 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Delegate to House of Delegates, 1999 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 1999 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Steering Committee of Nominating Committee, 2006 - 2008
  • National Caucus of State Bar Association, Executive Committee and Past President, 1997 - 2001
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, 2005 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Sales, Exchanges and Basis Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Deputy Beaverhead County Attorney, 1978 - 1979
  • City of Dillon Police Commission, Chairman, 1982 - 1987
  • Western Montana College Foundation, Director and President, 1986 - 1988
  • Beaverhead County Chamber of Commerce, Director, 1983 - 1989
  • Montana Water Court, Member, Mediation Steering Committee, 1992 - 2005
  • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Gold Card Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Deputy Beaverhead County Attorney, 1978 - 1979
  • Law Offices of W.G. Gilbert, Jr., Summer, 1975 and 1976-1979
  • Ranchhand
  • Firefighter