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Dawn Leigh Hassell

Personal injury Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   9 reviews

also known as The Hassell Law Group, a P.C.

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dawn

Learn Dawn’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Personal injury
    Representing those seriously injured in car accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. We handle accidents involving brain injuries, amputation, disfigurement, surgery, fractures, and also handle Wrongful Death cases.

    26 years

Dawn is a highly experienced litigator and trial lawyer with extensive knowledge and skill in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases. She has over 20 years of experience successfully resolving personal injury claims in her client’s favor.

Dawn founded The Hassell Law Group in 1999 and has practiced personal injury law in California for the past 21 years. She holds an undefeated record at trial and in arbitration on behalf of her clients. She served as a distinguished Member of the Board of Directors of The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association from 2002-2012.

Dawn has used her extensive negotiation and litigation experience to successfully advocate for many seriously injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Her results include a $4,677,244 court judgment for a seriously injured motorcyclist; a $4,600,000 settlement for a Bay Area pain management doctor who tripped and fell on a dangerous condition sustaining an impalement injury of the dominant hand; a $2,525,000 settlement for two pedestrians struck by a loose trailer pulled by an agricultural truck.

Dawn is a fearless and relentless advocate for her clients. She 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 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, Dawn was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers. Membership is extended only to a select few of the most qualified attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile.

Dawn is a member of 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 1% of attorneys in the entire United States.

Dawn’s high-caliber legal skill, 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 site Yelp and Google Reviews.

Dawn has recently been recognized with additional professional awards and honors. Expert ranking site 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 named Dawn a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney. Less than 1% of attorneys nationwide receive an invitation for membership.

Year after year San Francisco Magazine has named Dawn on their annual list of the “Top Women Attorneys in Northern California” (2014-2020).

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 sustaining member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (a bicycle safety advocacy group), and WalkSF (a pedestrian advocacy organization making streets safer for pedestrians). Dawn has passionately represented a substantial number of pedestrians and bicyclists injured in accidents.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her adorable dog Emmett.

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Dawn Leigh Hassell
4079 19th Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94132
Hassell Law Group
2801 Pinole Valley Road, Suite #204
Pinole, CA, 94564
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Posted by I.J.V.P. | April 21, 2015
You can't get better representation
Dawns firm is a power house of hard working professionals. I feel my case could not have been better represented. No lofty promises. Infact just a down to earth approach, with the conviction of a pit bull. Her firm demonstrated a knowledge of the jurisdictions demographic make up in considering the best approach for the best outcome. Was I satisfied with my cases outcome? Hell no. There isn't enough money in the state of California or the whole country to make my losses right. I was completely satisfied with the outcome from Dawn's firm representing me. I believe no other firm could have done a better job or got me more. I not only recommend Dawn, I will make her my first phone call should I need representation in the future. Make her your first phone call.
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Posted by Gregory | December 9, 2013
Representation That Puts You First in setting the Goals for Success and Achieving these Goals
I have never had to use an attorney prior to my hiring Dawn Hassell and her great team of attorneys at The Hassell Law Group in San Francisco, CA. I am most grateful to have a very good friend refer me to Dawn. From day one, Dawn and her team stepped in to represent me from a point of strength rather than a maybe approach. She went to work immediately to protect me from opposing parties who would have preferred me to make decisions from a point of weakness rather than a point of strength. Dawn and her team of attorneys gave me the advice, the support, the information needed to ensure I made all my decisions to support my case for a just settlement. She went the extra mile to make sure she had all the legal 'ammunition' and follow through available to give as little wiggle room for the opposing party in reaching a very fair resolution to my demands for justice backed up with a strong monetary payout that I could expect given the injuries and suffering I went through as a result of this accident. Even in her wrap up of this case, Dawn continues to give the attention and quality one could expect from professional and compassionate representation. Dawn and her team of attorneys will fight for you all the way. They will safeguard your dignity and will ensure you are well represented from page one to the very end of the case. They will fight for you all the way and will not give up until the last sentence of the last page of the case ends with " resolution highly successful benefiting the concerns of the client in every way." I am very happy that I was able to have Dawn Leigh Hassell, Esq. and her team of attorneys at The Hassell Law Group represent me in the complex world of the legal process. When it comes to law and ethics, Dawn is the best. Without a doubt, without a hesitation and with pride and great satisfaction, I highly recommend The Hassel Law Group. Thank you!
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Posted by Dave | September 9, 2013
Excellent representation.
Ms Hassell was retained by me after an injury and archived a significant settlement on my behalf. At all times she was professional and efficient, and I was kept well informed and advised despite living on the other side of the world. I was very happy with Ms Hassell's services and the result she achieved for me.
Posted by Nicole | September 8, 2013
Bay Area's Best
I would like to recommend Dawn Leigh Hassell, Dawn Hassell has represented me several times, on each case that she represented she was able to get me more than what I ever expected. Dawn Hassell gets the job done. I’ve had attorneys in the past but never someone like Dawn, a person that cares about their client not just there to only get a check and be paid, each time I’ve hired Dawn she has shown me nothing but 1st class all the way, she has compassion, devotion and respect for her clients. I am a paraplegic (wheelchair bound) person and I’m treated with the utmost respect when I visit her office, her office is wheelchair accessible and accessible bathroom accommodations that is always in immaculate condition. You can always reach Dawn whenever you call her office, this Is a must when you hire an attorney is being able to reach them, when you call Dawn's office I guarantee you will speak to her and if she is in court she will contact you afterwards. She Is an attorney that never gives you attitude I don’t care how made you may get because things aren’t going as fast as we want them she will always keep it professional and assure you that things are moving along and she will not get off the phone until she carefully explains everything to you. all the cases she handled for me was successful and she got me great settlements, so when you need an attorney look no further Dawn Hassell is the one and believe me you can take that all the way to the Bank meaning (PAID).
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Posted by Kathleen | September 7, 2013
Hire Dawn - your smartest move
I've hired Dawn and recommend her to my friends and family on numerous occasions and we've all been VERY happy. Cases have ranged from minor out-of-court domestic financial disputes to employee discrimination cases to major auto accidents - with injuries - settled in court. Regardless of the size of the case, Dawn brings her full attention with great care and expertise. The results I and others have achieved with Dawn have been positive and in our favor. I always say I want a "pit bull" when hiring a lawyer. Dawn certainly doesn't look like a pit bull, but believe me, she's EXACTLY the person you want representing you in a dispute. I promise you won't regret it!
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Posted by Trisha | September 7, 2013
The best lawyer out there
Dawn Hassell resolved an insurance claim dispute for me by writing the insurance company one letter! I had already tried to take care of it myself and was unsuccessful. It was a very stressful time for me having a huge bill that I knew I shouldn't have, nor could I have afforded to pay. Dawn was very reassuring and once she took over, my stress was gone. She took care of everything. Since then, I have also referred other family and friends to Dawn with no hesitation. Those that have needed her services have all been extremely pleased. Dawn is an extremely talented, determined, no nonsense lawyer and will get the job done.
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Posted by Dennis | September 2, 2013
Review of Dawn Hassell
I had troubles with my employer. I was reorganized under a junior manager. He had threatened to fire me, I had worked for the company for 10 years. When I got the news I searched for legal services. I found Dawn who was a local attorney in the area. When I met with her, I realized she was young but very knowledgeable. We had to deal with Corporate HR that was located in Elkhart, IND. We managed to get a severance package that indicated that I leave on good terms. I was also given severance pay. All in all a positive experience. I did recommend her to my colleagues who were also being let go. They all had positive things to say about Dawn's service. I wish her all the best and looks like she has been doing well since I last talked to her.
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Posted by Philip | September 1, 2013
Prior Office Assistant at The Hassell Law Group
Having worked for Dawn Hassell for over two years, I can say that she is a very tenacious and bright attorney who keeps the interests of her client as the foremost priority in all her cases. When I worked for her, she made sure that every document was perfect. God forbid I ever get into a bad accident, however if I do, Dawn Hassell's office would be the first place I'd call.
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Posted by Thomas | August 31, 2013
Outstanding and Successful Personal Injury Representation in San Francisco
The Hassell Law Group is one of the top personal injury law firms in the country and you will not find more brilliant representation in San Francisco. Both Dawn Hassell and Kathryn Tanner provided unparalleled representation in my personal injury case, leaving no stone unturned in their quest to settle my difficult case. They first investigated every detail about my case, educated me about the law, and then designed every conceivable strategy imaginable to present to settle the case. Attorneys Hassell and Tanner could not have been more wonderful to work with. The level of support they provided me throughout the process was astounding. They truly comforted me when they knew I was suffering from the pain of my injuries. Their ethical business practices are a shining example of the best of San Francisco's legal representation. The tenacity of Dawn Hassell is astonishing: she is a legal savant, immediately quoting multiple aspects and citations from the law in addition to seeking experts to reinforce those laws. The Hassell Law Group worked tirelessly to bring my case to a successful conclusion. Their experienced, detailed and tireless professionalism represents the best of the legal world and I was very lucky to have them handle my case. You will not find better representation in San Francisco.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Hassell Law Group
  • 1999 - 2017


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Binghamton University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bangayan, et al v. Stafford
  • $825,000
  • Spinal injury requiring surgery
  • $1,750,000
  • Wilhelmsson v. Monnington
  • $4,677,244
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  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • WalkSF
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2017
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2017
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • The Top Lawyers In America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2014
  • Northern California SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Women Lawyers in Northern California
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Rated California Lawyers
  • American Legal Media
  • 2013
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
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  • The Trial Lawyer (SFTLA)
  • Triumph in the Face of All Odds
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Civil Discovery
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive representation and a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dawn Hassell is my go-to referral for personal injury cases. Dawn does a great job for her clients; everyone I have referred to her has been very happy with her professional services. What distinguishes Dawn is her dedication to her clients. She makes certain that every client gets the personal attention their need case needs to obtain the best settlement possible. I endorse Dawn without exception."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dawn Hassell is an excellent attorney. She is a skilled and passionate advocate for her clients, and fights hard to obtain the best possible results. She is compassionate with her clients and listens carefully to their concerns. She has earned a reputation for being courageous enough to stand up to large, powerful companies and law firms who might try to use their size to intimidate some lawyers. Dawn is boldly committed to her client's best interests and intimidated by no one. I absolutely endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dawn is a great attorney and really cares about her clients. She is tough and hard working and gets great results"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Dawn since our days at Hastings. I have seen her start her own practice a year out of law school and become a successful and talented litigator. I have also had the pleasure of co-counseling with her and can truly say she is one of the best. I highly recommend and endorse Dawn in her area of expertise!"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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San Francisco Personal injury Lawyer Dawn Leigh Hassell
Dawn Leigh Hassell
Personal injury Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 25 years
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