Kris Hanson

General Counsel

Kris is MapLight’s General Counsel and leads our legal and compliance functions. Kris has more than 25 years of legal experience advising public and private companies with respect to capital markets and strategic transactions, commercial contracting and licensing, IP portfolio management, corporate governance, compliance and litigation. Prior to joining MapLight, Hanson was a member of the executive leadership teams at PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals and Nalpropion Pharmaceuticals, where he had day-to-day responsibility, oversight and management of the legal and compliance functions. Previously, he served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Orexigen Therapeutics and in senior legal roles at Lytx, Cricket Communications, and SAIC. Before beginning his in-house career, Hanson worked in private practice as a corporate lawyer at Morrison & Foerster and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, after having completed a clerkship for U.S. District Court Judge John S. Rhoades.

Mr. Hanson received a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from the UCLA School of Law.