The Origin of MoreLaw Minneapolis

You may have noticed that MoreLaw Minneapolis is different than other run-of-the-mill executive suites. That’s because the founders are not your run-of-the-mill executive suite owners. Kimberly M. Hanlon is an attorney who continues to practice law in her own firm, Kimberly M. Hanlon, LLC, and Sara A. Hanlon is a savvy business woman who brings a lifetime of experience in business operations and customer service. Together, they have a vision for what is possible in serving the solo and small firm attorney and the ability to execute on that vision with excellence.

Kimberly and Sara not only keep their finger on the pulse of the legal industry, they keep in touch with leaders of other industries to see where new ideas and opportunities for business may translate to the legal industry. They learn from the very best business, marketing, investing, and thought leaders, and bring all the information and knowledge back to make their business better for the MoreLaw Minneapolis clients, as well as to help the MoreLaw Minneapolis attorneys to take their practices to the next level.

The People We’ve Met Along the Way

Here are just some of the wonderful people we have been able to meet and learn from:

We were delighted to meet Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s son who acts as the executive vice president for real estate development and mergers & acquisitions for The Trump Organization. He is also the founder of The Eric Trump Foundation that benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The thing Kimberly and Sara loved most about about meeting Eric is that he is an incredibly savvy businessman, but he is kind, humble, and friendly. We especially loved his advice on negotiating and his perspective on using success as a means to make a difference for others.

We are profoundly privileged to know Arnold LaSpina and receive his wisdom, both in business and in life. In the time we have gotten Arnold’s guidance, we have more than doubled our business and put our expansion on a fast track. We are so very, very grateful!

Kimberly was delighted to meet Jeff and Jason Harris, the next generation of Furnitureland South, the world’s largest furniture store that was started by their parents, Darrell and Stella Harris. The company not only has more than one million square feet of showroom space and the largest selection of quality furniture in the world, it was built from the ground up with very humble beginnings, incrementally, all on a cash or store financing basis.

They do over $350 million in sales to customers all over the world, and they don’t take credit cards! It’s incredible! They taught us about staying true to your vision and mission for your company, that taking a well thought out risk at the right time can catapult your growth, and that each level of growth brings breakdowns in your operations and customer service systems, so you have to incredibly diligent about keeping customer satisfaction the primary goal during those business evolutions.

Meeting Dr. Ivan Misner was very cool. Kimberly belongs to a BNI chapter in Minnesota and also had just read Dr. Misner’s book Networking and Sex (not what you think). Dr. Misner had great stories about how that book came about and the things that happened as the data was being collected. Even more interesting was Dr. Misner’s observations about introverts and extroverts. Bottom line – whether you are a man or a woman, or an extrovert or an introvert, you can make business networking work for you.

It was amazing meeting Steven Bradbury, Australia’s first winter Olympics gold medalist. His story of perseverance and triumph is stunning – just eighteen months before winning gold, he broke his neck in a skating accident. Six years before that, he almost lost his life when an opponent’s skate sliced his leg open during a race accident, severing a major artery and causing massive blood loss. Steven could have quit a thousand times, but he never did. He said that success is more than just being at the right place at the right time, it’s the cumulation of every effort made that led to that moment. So don’t give up!

It was so cool meeting Michael Buffer – the “Let’s get ready to rumble” guy. It’s really cool to hear him say it in person! That phrase is one of the most heavily protected and effectively monetized trademarks in the U.S. and is worth over $400 million. He taught us that you have to think about the future value of what you are creating today and take the steps needed to protect it, even if today it doesn’t seem like it has much value. His always-thinking-forward mindset has allowed him to recognize opportunities and seize them, making for a very robust career.

Kimberly thinks John Assaraf‘s work is incredibly interesting, especially his work on the brain-science of success, so she was beyond thrilled when she had the chance to meet him and learn from him. John talked to us about the specific mechanics of the brain and why The Secret (which John was a part of) works, but he went beyond that to tell us some specific things we could do to activate those brain centers to be most effective. He is amazing!

We had read Jay Abraham‘s Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got and that book completely transformed how we look at business. Meeting Jay was even more transformational. He talked about leveraging relational capital to be able to branch out beyond our current capabilities and gave us a strategy for finding the perfect partners for growth.

Kimberly thinks John Assaraf‘s work is incredibly interesting, especially his work on the brain-science of success, so she was beyond thrilled when she had the chance to meet him and learn from him. John talked to us about the specific mechanics of the brain and why The Secret (which John was a part of) works, but he went beyond that to tell us some specific things we could do to activate those brain centers to be most effective. He is amazing!

We were also delighted to meet Kathy Ireland through JT Foxx. You may remember her as the swimsuit model and actress of the 1980’s, but since 1993 she has been building her design and marketing firm, Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Today, her company is the 28th most powerfully-licensed brand globally according to License Global Magazine and her products have almost $2 billion in retail sales annually. We loved what she said about staying true to your mission, not giving up when the going gets tough, and moving forward in spite of harsh criticism. She is truly an inspiration.

We were thrilled to meet Michael Eisner, former CEO of Walt Disney, through JT Foxx. Michael was responsible for taking Disney from a $1.8 billion company to a $60 billion company in eleven years. We appreciate that he shared his methodology for really understanding the customer experience and making it as user friendly as possible. We also loved all the stories about the movie business!

When Kimberly first met Meir Ezra, she didn’t realize the significance of the man she was visiting with, but she knew that the conversation they were having was truly extraordinary. Meir has a piercing clarity of thought that strips away all superfluity and uncovers the raw, stark truth of a matter. Talking with him is like talking to a Jedi Master of business. We are so delighted that we have gotten the opportunity to take many classes with Meir and learn from his mastery. Wow!