Ted J. Hannig serves as Chief Legal Officer to Black Mountain Properties and the ownership family. He was awarded a doctorates of law and MBA from Santa Clara University in 1983 and studied international business law at the University of Tokyo and more recently in London. For 20 consecutive years he has held an AV rating – the highest independent peer rating for both legal skills and ethics. During a recent session, the United States Supreme Court swore Ted as a member of their Bar, where Ted has the privilege to utilize their extensive library and argue cases before the Court. Ted carries on the family legacy of over 65 years of legal representation of the ownership family and its business in both the Courtroom and the Board Room. His record of legal work for the company is undefeated in the courts spanning three decades. Ted handled the sale of Black Mountain Spring Water to Nestle for the ownership family.
He has set precedent in several areas of real estate and environmental law and through his law firm in creditor rights case in a unanimous California Supreme Court decision. He is a published author on real estate law and has lectured internationally on the legal implications of rising sea level. Transactional work has included business sales transactions in excess of one billion dollars.
Ted shares and often joins with the Company in its philosophy to give back to the community. Ted has donated thousands of hours to community service, both in the United States and overseas .
He is committed to helping people who are less well off in the community and abroad. He has served on numerous boards, including Kainos; the founding board member of the Sequoia Awards, Broadway by the Bay, the Danford Foundation, the NoH8 Campaign and Casa de Redwood, the senior housing apartments for low-income families that his father originally co-founded.
He started the “Give Something Back” sailboat race with the annual contribution by the Company (Which supporters renamed The Hannig Cup), which has distributed over $3.5 million to charities emphasizing youth programs.
He is the recipient of several community awards for his numerous efforts on behalf of local non-profit organizations, including the Sheriff’s Activities League Defying Gravity Award, the “Community Star” award from Gentry Magazine and the City of Redwood City, and other awards from the United States Congress, the California State Legislature, the County of San Mateo, and the City of Redwood City.
He was honored on September 22, 2011 by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center for his work to prevent and eliminate bullying. Ted’s legal work led to one of the first cyber-bullying convictions.
Internationally, Ted joined with clients in helping to launch Floating Doctors in 2009. Floating Doctors works with unserved indigenous populations, including the Ngöbe-BugléIndians of Panama with medical care, health education and emergency response. Since its founding, the charity has had well over 100,000 patient visits and both improved health care and saved many lives. Ted owns and operates a 100-acre coastal rain forest and coral reef preserves in Panama. Joining with several Rotary organizations, Ted recently launched an extensive dental program to bring dental services to children in the region that are facing an epidemic of serious dental disease.
Ted serves as Char and CEO of Danford Fisher Hannig Foundation, which has distributed millions of dollars to over 100 local charities.
Ted oversees the philanthropy efforts of Black Mountain.