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Ilana Hanau Partner Ilana S. Hanau is a 1985 graduate of Brandeis University where she received her B.A. in English with a minor in legal studies. Ilana received her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law in 1989. Ilana’s practice focuses on professional and miscellaneous professional liability, including the defense of attorneys, architects, insurance, title and real estate agents and brokers, appraisers, accountants, general liability, coverage and employment litigation. Prior to coming to Shendell & Pollock, Ilana practiced law at several large, well regarded New York law firms specializing in insurance defense, regulatory, product liability/toxic tort and professional liability areas. She then moved in-house and spent almost 14 years at national insurance companies as a Senior Litigation Analyst, Counsel, Claims professional, Vice President and Liaison specializing in products liability, toxic exposure, environmental, medical malpractice and coverage cases on both primary and excess levels and domestic and global claims. She has worked in sales and marketing as a National Marketing Director for a boutique structured settlement company and National Sales Director in the Medicare arena as well as in-house, speaking at seminars, on panels, CLE programs and providing training programs. She has rounded out her insurance experience as the Claims Manager for a boutique insurance agency handling and overseeing all of the property/casualty/commercial and personal lines claims for the agency’s law firm, retail, property, and high net worth clients.



Bar Admissions/Licenses:

New York State Bar

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


New Jersey State Bar

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey


New York State life, accident & health agent license, 2009

New York State life, accident & health broker license, 2009




Brandeis University, Bachelor of Arts, 1985

American University, Washington College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989

University of Notre Dame’s Executive Education Department, Certified Structured Settlement Consultant Designation (CSSC), 2007



Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

UJA General Insurance Dinner Committee

National Association of Insurance Women

CLM and NY Board member (past)



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