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In 1978 Dan Hannula returned to Wisconsin after working as a U.S. Navy prosecutor (Judge Advocate) and Assistant U. S. Attorney in Portland Maine.  Upon his return, a law firm that tried cases for insurance companies recruited Dan.  After a few years, Dan concluded that it would be more satisfying to work instead for people, rather than insurance companies.  So, in 1981, he founded his own law firm.  His goal was to create a firm that focused on doing just a few things, but doing them very well.

In 1985 Gary Halom, who had been working as Assistant Distract Attorney for Douglas County, joined Dan in practice.  Gary had extensive trial experience, even winning a difficult murder case. Over the years Gary helped to cement the strong reputation of Hannula & Halom for high quality work in complex litigation.

Over the years Dan developed an extensive statewide reputation in condemnation trial work—the taking of land for highways and utilities.  Dan now lectures on that subject at national seminars.

In 2005, Ryan Scherz joined Dan and Gary.  Ryan, a valedictorian of Northwestern High School and a U.W. River Falls and University of Minnesota Law School graduate, has excelled in trial work winning some of the largest settlements in the firm’s history.  Ryan is now the managing partner of Hannula Halom & Scherz.

In 2013 Kevin Van Ert rounded out our team.  Kevin, a Superior native and graduate of U.W.S. and the University of Wisconsin Law School, fills a need for family law litigation and estate planning.     



Real life solutions for real people.  

“My husband was involved in a serious car crash resulting in a traumatic brain injury. It was an extremely difficult time for my family. I called other places in town, but Hannula Halom & Scherz were the first ones who really listened to me and seemed concerned about our problems. Hannula Halom & Scherz took care of every aspect of the legal claim–dealing with the insurance companies, the doctors, and the other lawyers–until they were able to help us reach a settlement. Throughout the process, they always kept us informed. After the settlement, they arranged set up a trust which protects my husband and our family into the future.”- Michelle, Superior, WI

“I would recommend this law firm to anyone. They care about their clients, answering any and all questions at any time. They keep you informed every step of the process on what to expect, giving you all the options available to you. Gary, Ryan & Shelly are the best.”- Lydia,  Danbury, WI

“Hannula Halom & Scherz took a total team approach in my case. I felt like the whole firm was involved in helping me through a tough time. I always knew what was going on with my case. If I had a question, someone from Hannula Halom & Scherz was always available to answer. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who needs legal help.”- Sue, Duluth, MN

“I never thought I’d need a lawyer. Then I was in a bad car accident that put me in the hospital for weeks and weeks. I had multiple surgeries and complications. Ryan and the staff at Hannula Halom & Scherz really cared about us. They met me in the hospital. They came to our house. In the end, they got us a great result.”- Larry, Iron River, WI

“I thought doing an estate plan would be a difficult process, but Hannula Halom & Scherz made it easy.”- Sandy, Lake Nebagamon, WI

“I used Hannula Halom & Scherz for an auto accident that I was in.  I can at times be someone that isn’t the easiest to deal with.  My attorney was Ryan Scherz, and he never made me feel like i was a bother and always made sure that I was included on all decisions that were happening.  If there is ever a time that I am in need of any other legal assistance or advice, I would highly recommend Hannula Halom & Scherz.”- Lori, Superior, WI

“Dan and I have worked together over the years representing landowners in condemnation cases throughout the state of Wisconsin. Dan and I worked together as co-counsel in several difficult condemnation trials. His efforts in preparing trial strategy and during those trials was essential for victory.  With Dan’s help we were able to defeat a well-funded defense team and secure just compensation for our clients.”-  Frank Jablonski, Progressive Law Group, LLC, Madison, WI

“Dan and I, as members of a trial team from different law firms representing multiple landowners, worked on some jury trials together a few years ago.  I enjoyed working along side Dan to help our clients get just compensation. Dan’s advice on strategy and tactics was first-rate and insightful.  I sincerely hope I am able to work with Dan on future cases.”- Joseph C. Niebler, Jr., Niebler, Pyzyk, Roth & Carrig, LLP, Menomonee Falls, WI

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