Dawn is a highly skilled litigator, negotiator, and top San Francisco personal injury attorney. She has an undefeated record in trial and arbitration for her clients and a special talent for obtaining exceptional results for her injured clients.
A fearless and relentless advocate for her clients, Dawn has expert knowledge of personal injury law and civil litigation strategy. She combines this with a high level of business acumen to obtain excellent results in her cases. Dawn works closely with some of the foremost experts in the nation to build clear and compelling personal injury cases on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Dawn has obtained substantial judgments and settlements for her clients. These include a $4,677,244 court judgment for a seriously injured motorcyclist; $4,600,000 for a physician who suffered an impalement injury in a trip and fall accident; $2,525,000 for two pedestrians struck by an agricultural vehicle; $1,750,000 for a client rear-ended by a commercial truck who needed back surgery; $990,000 for a pedestrian hit by a rideshare driver in a crosswalk; and $825,000 for a client injured by a dangerous sidewalk.
Awards and Honors include:
Dawn is an eight-time Super Lawyer® having been named a Super Lawyer from 2014-2021. 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.
National Trial Lawyers Top 100 which is an invitation-only organization composed of premier trial lawyers from each state. Membership is held by some of the best and finest trial lawyers in America.
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum: The Top Trial Lawyers in America, is 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 1% of attorneys in the entire United States.
In 2021, national lawsuit results ranking site Top Verdict recognized Dawn for her exceptional case results achieved in 2020 on behalf of several of the firm’s clients. Dawn was honored for multiple high-value cases and received awards including:
Top 10 Premises Liability Settlements in California Top 20 Personal Injury Settlements in California Top 20 Pedestrian Accident Settlements in California Top 50 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements in California Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in California
Expertise.com named 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,
Attorney and Practice Magazine named Dawn a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney. Less than 1% of attorneys nationwide receive an invitation for membership.
San Francisco Magazine has consistently named Dawn on their annual published list of the “Top Women Attorneys in Northern California” (2014-2021).
Dawn served as a Distinguished Member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association from 2002-2012.
Dawn’s high-caliber legal skills, tenacity, and exceptional negotiation skills have won her extremely high praise and gratitude over the years from the firm’s many clients. She has a superb “10” rating on the legal website Avvo, and countless 5-star ratings on review sites Yelp and Google Reviews.
Dawn received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and was admitted to practice law in 1998. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and in the top 1% of her class.
Dawn is a sustaining member of WalkSF (a pedestrian advocacy organization making streets safer for pedestrians), and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (a bicycle safety advocacy group).
In her spare time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her adorable dog Emmett.