About Your Law Firm

Founded in 2015 by a civil rights lawyer with more than twenty years at the bar, our firm has achieved record-breaking results in high-impact cases.  We choose our cases carefully with the knowledge that each one is a new opportunity to protect and expand our individual rights and liberties.  Our lawyers are driven by the shared mission to serve the people and causes we are honored to represent.  The successes we achieve in partnership with our clients help drive social and political change, leaving our world a better, more just place.

cary J. Hansel

Founding Attorney
Over nearly a quarter century of trial and appellate practice, Cary has obtained  record-setting verdicts while changing the law for the greater good. His successes include the defeat of unfair immunity doctrines and the creation of a new type of police misconduct claim.  His accolades include being awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" twice and receiving the coveted "Leadership in the Law" award. Click the link to learn more and to see footage of Cary in the courtroom!

Tiana N. Boardman

Managing Attorney
Tiana oversees the day-to-day operations of Hansel Law while maintaining a busy civil rights practice focused on stopping police and correctional misconduct and discrimination.  Tiana has been with Hansel Law, helping to build and shape the practice, almost since the founding of the firm.  She is a passionate advocate both in the courtroom and out, where she has a direct impact in the community through expungement clinics and other volunteer efforts.

Ashton J. Zylstra

Associate Attorney
Ashton practices civil rights law, medical malpractice, employment discrimination law, and constitutional law. She represents clients in both trial and appellate practice.

Ashton joined Hansel Law, P.C., after clerking with the Honorable Jeannie E. Cho on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Kristen M. Mack

Associate Attorney
Throughout her legal career, Kristen has gained experience in a variety of plaintiff civil litigation practice areas, including civil rights, employment discrimination, lead paint, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and premises liability.

Kristen will fight for justice with everything in her and help give a voice to those that may otherwise not have one.

Our Team

The strength of our firm comes from the deep commitment to justice shared by every member of the Hansel Law team.  From the internships Hansel Law provides to top college students to our law clerks, legal assistants, paralegals, associates and our founder, we work as one cohesive unit to contribute to the quantum of justice in the world.  

Our shared mission leads to a strong sense of camaraderie,
so sometimes we play just as hard as we work!

Our Focus is on Your Needs

Hansel Law in the Media

“The award [obtained by Mr. Hansel] is believed to be the largest ever made by a jury in a civil case involving abuse by Prince George's police.”


“The settlement [obtained by Hansel Law], which officials called the largest in a sexual harassment case under the Fair Housing Act….” helped over 100 victims.


“Sheriff Chuck Jenkins -- who called Hansel a ‘good salesman’…said the verdict was a major blow to the department.”

Brian Engler, $620,000 in Damages for Dog Shooting, Frederick News Post, Apr. 3, 2012 

“Cary, one thing I noticed from your resume is it doesn’t look like you like to take on the easy cases.”

Steve Lowry, Esq. Great Trials Podcast, February 26, 2020

“The allegations in [Hansel Law's] lawsuit were the kind...you end up reading...through your fingers like you’re watching a horror movie.”

Snipy, Wonkette.com, Jan. 11, 2016

“The only things missing from this lawsuit are tales of SEC officials running white-slavery rings and snorting brown-brown off the corpses of strippers with West African rebels.”

Matt Taibbi, SEC Rocked by Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit, Rolling Stone blog post, Nov. 19, 2012
Our high impact cases garner public interest, which is a powerful tool for reform.  Our work is covered in regional and national  media.  The corruption and wrongdoing exposed by our work and the resulting media attention drives positive change beyond the courtroom.

Our efforts, and the resulting public pressure, have caused the resignation and termination of high public officials, legislative reform,  heightened standards for police, the modernization of governmental policies and the retraining of police, among other successes.

Our attorneys are also frequently asked to provide media commentary on issues related to civil rights and constitutional law.

Justice may start with a jury award, but we push further for real and lasting reform.

Cary Hansel's case achieving the highest verdict against the Prince George's County police was
featured in an episode of Deadline Crime with Tameron Hall.  Click below to watch the trailer:

Watch the trailer for Of Dogs and Men - a riveting full-length documentary featuring Cary Hansel's
work in obtaining record-setting results for families whose pets were unlawfully shot by police: