Dean Hansell Collection


Dean Hansell Collection


Legal Instruments and Documents


Dean Hansell, a graduate of Northwestern Law, class of 1977, is a partner with the Los Angeles law firm of Hogan Lovells and is an accomplished and successful business, environmental and energy, labor and employment, trial, and appellate lawyer. His practice emphasizes class actions, complex business litigation, government enforcement actions, fraud, insurance/reinsurance and insolvency matters, international litigation and arbitration, and appeals. Dean also served as Los Angeles Police Commissioner from 1997 to 2001, and was a former state and federal prosecutor.

Well-recognized for his tremendous commitment to civic activities, Mr. Hansell chaired the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Advisory Board, in addition to holding board positions with the Los Angeles Library Foundation and the Los Angeles Police Foundation. He served as President of the Los Angeles Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners, Board Member, California Bar Foundation, and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, and is a Member of the Illinois Solar Resources Advisory Panel.

Mr. Hansell has authored more than 25 continuing legal education book chapters and articles focusing on a variety of areas, including environment and energy, insurance and reinsurance, and litigation and trial practice, among others. Mr. Hansell is also the co-editor of Thomson-Reuter's classic book on reinsurance, The Law of Reinsurance.

Mr. Hansell is an avid collector of historic legal documents and has donated a number of items from his collection to the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The collection includes legal instruments and other legal documents from France, England, Germany and the United States, dating as far back as the 1500, as well as other rare and unique documents including stock certificates, manuscripts, contracts and other historic works. The Pritzker Legal Research Center is pleased to be able to bring these great works to the web for the use of scholars and historians world-wide.


Dean Hansell


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Dating as Far Back as the 1500s




English, French, Latin

Items in the Dean Hansell Collection Collection

Autograph Document Signed.  Property lease.
13 April 1830. 25cm x 43 cm. 1 page on parchment. For Elizabeth Matthews. With revenue stamps. Good condition.

1639 French legal document on handmade paper.  (Louis XIII.)
Ornate Gothic calligraphy. Two pages.

1660 French legal instrument on parchment.
Upper and right borders irregular in keeping with so-named "indenture" documents.

1741 Connecticut land deed.
Partially printed, partially written. Old English writing. Contains partial wax stamp. Currency is use was pounds.

1801 Rikers Island.  New York Mayors Court.
A legal request for release of Alexander Bremer from custody from Debtors Prison. Signed by Richard Riker (17731842), attorney for the plaintiffs. Riker was D.A. of New York and County Recorder. Riker Island was named for his family.

1822 New Hampshire Quit Claim Deed
Joseph Looren(?) of Kingston NH quitclaims property to John Waters. One of the witnesses was Levi Bartlett, the son of Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Levi Bartlett served in the Revolutionary War but is best remembered…

Railroad Stock Certificate.  The New York Central Railroad Company.
One hundred shares. Blue certificate. Hand signed by the transfer agent.

Railroad Stock Certificate.  The Pennsylvania Railroad
One hundred shares. Green border hand signed by both the treasurer and the transfer agent.

1684 Legal Instrument on Vellum.
Written in Latin. Possibly and English legal instrument as it is signed by Robert of Pemberton and references John Cob and Baron Thomas Hake.

1681 Legal Instrument on Vellum
Written in Latin. Possibly an English legal instrument as it references "Manerium De Eye" (possibly the Manor of Eye). Noted on verso that it is an instrument that conveys property from John to a husband and wife. Instrument also makes reference to…