Dawn L. Hassell
Ms. Hassell is the Managing Attorney of the Hassell Law Group. She is among a distinguished group of lawyers who have obtained judgments and results in their cases in excess of 1 Million dollars: “Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®. In February 2017, Ms. Hassell was listed in Forbes Magazine’s “California Leaders in the Law” magazine edition.
Ms. Hassell is a “Northern California Super Lawyer,” an honor reserved for the top 5% of all lawyers in their practice area (2014-2017). San Francisco Magazine has continuously named her one of “The Top Women Attorneys in Northern California.” (2014-2017). She has a “Superb” “10” rating on the legal website Avvo.com. She also has a 5 star rating on Yelp.
Ms. Hassell served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association from 2002-2012. Ms. Hassell obtained her J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law from Binghamton University in New York. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and finished in the top 1% of her undergraduate class. She was admitted to the State Bar in California in 1998. She has published legal articles on trial and wrongful death and been a panelist at seminars for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Hassell is a sustaining member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and WalkSF, a pedestrian advocacy organization.
Lisa A. Villasenor
Lisa is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who has worked on both sides of the case. She has 100 percent success rate in 12 trials to verdict-including a wrongful death case, a toxic-mold case on behalf of a home owner and several auto accident cases. Her winning record speaks to her skill, insight, and dedication. She was admitted to the Bar in California in 1988. Lisa has been with the firm since early 2014.
Before joining The Hassell Law Group as of counsel in 2014, Lisa practiced plaintiff’s side asbestos and pharmaceutical litigation with some of the top firms in San Francisco. Before that she was a defense attorney at a top San Francisco firm, Manning, Marder, et al. and a partner in the law firm of Prestholt, Kleeger, Fidone & Villasenor. Lisa managed the Prestholt firm’s San Francisco office for 3 years. Her litigation experience includes personal injury, premises liability, toxic torts, wrongful death, government-entity liability, and insurance bad faith. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Lisa worked on bad-faith litigation against 20th Century Insurance Company.
Lisa is a California native. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State University, Long Beach and her law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. During her school years, she worked in her father’s insurance brokerage giving her solid insight into insurance issues. Lisa co-chairs the Business Development Committee of the Queen’s Bench Bar Association, is also a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and Walk SF (a pedestrian safety advocacy organization).
Judy is a senior attorney at the law firm. Judy joined the law firm in 2008. During her career, Judy has successfully represented plaintiffs with serious injuries in catastrophic accident cases at the most prominent personal injury law firms in the Bay Area with case values exceeding $1 million. Prior to joining the Hassell Law Group she worked at The Veen Firm and The Law Offices of Joseph Carcione, Jr. Judy is undefeated on all personal injury cases she has tried in court. Judy also has an undefeated record of wins in the many cases she has tried before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Judy is involved in litigating accident cases involving serious injuries for The Hassell Law Group. She has litigated a substantial number of serious construction site accident injury cases and is also experienced in the dual representation of clients in civil and workers compensation cases. Ms. Graziano is a Phi Kappa Phi undergraduate, and a California native. She has been a member of the California Bar since 1999. She is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
Grace is a graduate of Yale University. She was admitted to practice law in California in 2006. She has worked for the law firm for over 9 years handling personal injury matters.
She consistently obtains excellent results for our clients. Grace went to trial on personal injury case in San Mateo County against a $0 offer from State Farm Insurance Company. She obtained a court judgment for our client in the amount of $384,640. The judge also awarded cost of proof sanctions, interest on the judgment, and ordered defendant to pay our client’s case costs. In the end, State Farm ended up paying over $500,000 on a case that they offered $0 on. Grace has also negotiated sizable severance packages for employees from their employers.
Grace obtained her law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law. During law school, Grace was involved in the Employment Law clinic and represented individuals who were wrongfully discharged from their employment in EEOC and DFEH Mediations. She also assisted individuals in wage and hour claims against their employers in DLSE claims and hearings. Grace was involved in the Mediation Clinic in law school where she acted as a mediator in Small Claims cases and helped parties resolve their disputes out of court.
Samantha is an associate attorney at the firm. She represents clients in personal injury claims and litigation. Samantha joined our firm in mid-2016. She was admitted to practice law in California in 2016.
She obtained her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of San Diego, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
During law school, Samantha received 4 prestigious CALI Awards for California Civil Procedure, Mediation, Remedies, and Commercial Contract Drafting. She was Senior Executive Editor for the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and a member of the U.C. Hastings Alternative Dispute Resolution team.
Samantha is a member of the California Young Lawyer’s Association.
George M. Morris
George is a graduate of Stanford University. He obtained his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
George is an associate attorney at the Hassell Law Group, a P.C. He represents clients in personal injury litigation and handles insurance claims on behalf of our clients. George joined the firm in 2016 prior to becoming a licensed attorney. He became licensed to practice law in California in May of 2017.
Prior to joining our firm, George clerked for Justice Therese Stewart of the California Court of Appeal, First District. He also worked at Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson and Harbison, LLP in San Francisco on personal injury cases, public entity claims, and medical malpractice cases.
In law school George received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Services for over 150 hours of service to the San Francisco community. He also worked at the Family Violence Law Center in Alameda County.
George is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, American Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco and California Young Lawyer’s Association. He lives in San Francisco, loves to oil paint, run along the bay, and cook with his friends.