Dawn is a highly experienced litigator and trial lawyer, with an extensive background in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases. Dawn founded The Hassell Law Group in 1999 and has practiced personal injury law in California for the past 22 years. She served as a distinguished Member of the Board of Directors of The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association from 2002-2012.
Dawn holds an undefeated record at trial and in arbitration on behalf of the firmâ€™s clients. With extensive negotiation, litigation and trial experience, Dawn has successfully advocated for many seriously injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Her results include a $4.6 million dollar court judgment for a seriously injured motorcyclist, and $2.5 million dollars for two pedestrians hit by a commercial truck. Prior to practicing law, Dawn worked in corporate management positions in New York. Dawnâ€™s expert knowledge of personal injury law combined with her high level of business acumen are assets she uses to assist her clients in obtaining excellent results in their cases.
Dawn earned her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law from Binghamton University in New York (SUNY), where she graduated in the top 1% of her class, Summa Cum Laude (the highest academic distinction). Dawn is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society (the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States inducting the most outstanding students at American colleges and universities). Dawn earned her law degree (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. She was admitted to practice law in California in 1998.
Dawn is a seven time Super Lawyer having been named a Super Lawyer from 2014-2020. Super Lawyer is a rating bestowed on the top 5% of outstanding lawyers in their practice area who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
In 2020, national lawsuit ranking site Top Verdict recognized Dawn for her exceptional case results achieved in 2019 on behalf of several of the firmâ€™s clients. In multiple high value cases Dawn was honored with awards including: Top 10 Pedestrian Accident Settlements CA, Top 20 Wrongful Death settlements CA, Top 20 Premises Liability Settlements CA, Top 50 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements CA, and Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements CA.
Dawn is a distinguished member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Top Trial Lawyers in America, one of the most highly prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country with membership limited exclusively to lawyers with court judgments and case results exceeding $2 Million dollars. This esteemed distinction is held by less than 5,000 attorneys in the entire United States. Dawn is also a distinguished member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, with membership limited to lawyers with court judgments and case results exceeding $1 Million dollars.
Year after year San Francisco Magazine has named Dawn on their annual list of the Top Women Attorneys in Northern California (2014-2020). Dawn has also been featured in the February 2017 edition of California Leaders in the Law by Forbes Magazine.
Dawn works closely with some of the foremost experts in the nation to build clear and compelling personal injury cases on behalf of the firmâ€™s clients.
Dawnâ€™s high-caliber legal skill, persistence, tenacity, and exceptional negotiation skills have won her extremely high praise and gratitude over the years from the firmâ€™s many clients. She has a superb 10 rating on the legal website Avvo, and countless 5-star ratings on review sites such as Yelp and Google Reviews.
Dawn has also been recognized with many additional professional awards and honors. In 2020, Expert ranking site Expertise.com ranked Dawn as one of The Best Personal Injury Attorneys in San Francisco and also as one of The Best Car Accident Attorneys in San Francisco. Additionally, Attorney and Practice Magazine has recently named Dawn a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney, an achievement reserved for only those attorneys who have demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in his or her area of law. Less than 1% of attorneys nationwide receive an invitation for membership.
Dawn has been a guest speaker, panelist and lecturer at various legal seminars for the Consumer Attorneys of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association sharing her extensive knowledge and expertise with other lawyers and law students. She has also published legal articles on personal injury law and wrongful death.
An avid bicyclist, Dawn is a sustaining member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, one of the largest and most effective bicycle safety advocacy groups, and a member of WalkSF a pedestrian safety and advocacy organization that supports making San Francisco streets safer for pedestrians. Dawn has passionately represented a substantial number clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
In her spare time, Dawn enjoys traveling the world, bicycling, and spending time with her family and adorable dog Emmett.