Ever since I can remember, I've always enjoyed helping others. Growing up I always knew I wanted to find a profession that would allow me to have a positive impact on my community and effect change in a positive way. As someone who has dealt with being siteless all of my life, I understand being in a position of needing help from time to time. I also understand the impact it can have when someone selflessly offers their time and efforts to help you better yourself. Ultimately, that's what led to me pursuing a career in the legal profession. I also knew that my blindness wouldn't prevent me from being able to do my job, but would instead allow me to empathize with those in need and offer my help and support.
My journey into the legal profession began back in 1978 when I graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Law. After passing the Missouri state bar that same year, I knew almost immediately that in order to best serve my clients, I would have to start my own firm. So I gathered what little money I had after law school and opened the doors to the Michael W. Hanna Law Office in 1979. After nearly 40 years, I've been able to grow my practice into one of the most reliable and successful law firms in Western Missouri. During that time I've worked both as an independent attorney and as a municipal judge, picking up extensive knowledge and experience that I try to use to my clients' advantage to help them succeed.
I’ve always had a desire to help those in need, and I’m lucky to have a job that allows me to do that on a daily basis.