Tomi graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree with Honor in psychology and minors in sociology and political science. She then attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for law school. After graduating from law school, Tomi obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
Tomi began her work in family law while still in law school. She clerked for two domestic relations judges in the 18th judicial district and worked for a summer at Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP. Tomi also worked as a student Guardian ad Litem at the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center representing the best interests of abused and neglected children.
After law school Tomi started her own private practice and worked for over four years as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of abused and neglected children in dependency and neglect and delinquency cases. During this time, Tomi gained valuable experience working with families and children to advocate for the best interest of children in a variety of capacities including special education issues, medically fragile children, and a wide range of complex family dynamics including domestic violence, mental health issues, and substance abuse issues.
Tomi then worked for about four more years as an Assistant County Attorney. In this position she handled cases involving dependency and neglect, adoptions, delinquency, child support enforcement, adult protection, and claims and collections of fraudulently obtained benefits. Many of these cases were high conflict and Tomi gained conflict resolution skills in this role through settlement conferences, mediations, and court facilitations as well as continuing to improve her litigation skills.
While working on her Master's Degree, Tomi learned many useful skills such as administering psychological, cognitive, and personality testing, report and evaluation writing, and building therapeutic relationships with clients. She worked as a therapist with a psychologist that specialized in developmentally delayed and traumatic brain injured patients and also as an advocate for people with disabilities. She has experience working with experts in attachment and bonding, child development, and mental health. All of these experiences and skills give Tomi added insight and perspective when handling family law cases.
Tomi enjoys hiking, running, yoga, camping, reading, and traveling. She also likes listening to and playing music and attending concerts. Tomi is a former competitive figure skater who still enjoys ice skating and watching hockey.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
- University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Denver, Colorado
- Master of Arts Degree - 2009
- Major: Forensic Psychology
- North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
- Major: Psychology
- Minor: Sociology
- Minor: Political Science
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Top 10 Under 40 – National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2017 Nationally Ranked for excellence in the field of family law
- Top 40 Under 40 – The National Advocates, 2017
- "10 Best" Female Attorneys for Colorado - Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
- "10 Best" Female Attorneys for Colorado - Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Colorado Women's Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Disability Law Colorado PAIMI, Advisory Council Member
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
- Weld County Attorney’s Office, Assistant County Attorney, 2013-2016
- Logan County Attorney’s Office, Assistant County Attorney, 2012-2013
- Law Office of Tomi L. Hanson, Esq., Guardian ad Litem Attorney, 2008-2012
- Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (NKA Disability Law Colorado), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Intern, 2008-2009
- Arapahoe County District Court, Judges Juanita Rice and Robert Russell, Law Fellow, 2007-2008
- Casement and Associates, Clinical Psychologist Intern, 2007-2008
- Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Student Guardian ad Litem, 2006-2007
- Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP, Law Intern, 2006
- Arapahoe County District Court, Judges Juanita Rice and Robert Russell, Law Clerk Intern, 2005-2006
- Colorado Legal Services, Intake Unit Legal Assistant, 2005
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
- Guardian ad Litem at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center