Sieben Grose Von Holtum & Carey
In her 22 years of working at the Sieben Grose Von Holtum & Carey law firm, paralegal Sharon Raye Hanson has helped thousands of people who were injured on the job. Often juggling 200 active files at a time, Hanson regularly serves as a calming guide for clients through Minnesota’s complicated workers’ compensation system.
Joining the firm upon graduation from Minnesota State University-Mankato, Hanson has worked for partner Mark Olive for her entire career. As Olive’s right hand, Hanson can be found variously operating as a mental health consultant, case manager, medical evidence gatherer, and compiler of client information — all in a day’s work. Hanson has seen it all over the years, and she knows how to deftly problem-solve clients’ issues and keep them composed during a very stressful time.
“I really like helping the injured workers. It makes you feel good and like you’re doing something worthwhile,” Hanson says. “We want to get them everything that is owed to them under the workers’ compensation law. I hope I can be there to calm them and help them through the process.”
Known around the firm for her keen organizational skills, Hanson relies on that aptitude as she handles scores of cases, assists new clients, and works on the files of past clients who have ongoing medical issues.
Whether Hanson is helping her boss prepare for trial or assisting clients with their claims, she continually impresses Olive with her diligent and reassuring presence. “I know that if I give Sharon an assignment it won’t fall through the cracks, and she will keep on it until we get the results we want,” he says.
A leader in her profession, Hanson has been involved with the paralegal section of the Minnesota Association for Justice for the past 15 years, serving as co-chair for many years. She likes meeting with other paralegals for plaintiffs’ lawyers to share ideas and information while staying informed through seminars.