Lizbeth Hasse

Lizbeth Hasse, Esq., FCIArb

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Aimee Hwang
T: 415-774-2607
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Lizbeth Hasse is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Lizbeth Hasse has been a mediator of complex, high-value commercial real estate cases for over 15 years. Ms. Hasse has brought to resolution an array of real estate matters including complex lease transactions, real estate development project disputes, sales and purchase agreements, real estate joint ventures, easements and loan agreements, broker-principal disputes, and architect-builder matters.

Ms. Hasse is known as a “settler” who perseveres to get results. Parties and counsel appreciate her deep knowledge and experience in this subject matter area, coupled with her tenacity and ability to relate well with all stakeholders.

As a litigator, Ms. Hasse handled numerous real estate and real property matters. She represented one of the largest owner-operators worldwide of commercial retail malls. Ms. Hasse was litigation counsel for construction disputes, including a multi-party action involving a major commercial high-rise project underway in San Francisco. She handled high-value broker negligence and breach of fiduciary duty claims in the sale and purchase of luxury residential structures and also acted as a consultant in designing the review of real estate loan packages in the subprime mortgage fraud cases relating to the savings and loan crisis.

Representative Matters
  • Mediated and arbitrated several disputes relating to long term leases and facilities agreements between large southern California university and a major medical institution
  • Professional liability action involving negligence and alleged fraud in a complex real estate transaction for the purchase of a portfolio of a dozen shopping centers
  • Complex action between Japanese and US investors and investment banks relating to fraud in real estate loan and leasing transactions by trustee for a major Japanese real estate investor
  • Dispute between owner of a property contributed to a REIT and operator of the trust over disclosure, value, tax structure and covenant issues
  • Legal malpractice relating to a forced purchase and sale that caused developer to lose opportunity for high resale to third party
  • Mediated damages and related insurance coverage in large business interruption matter affecting value of commercial leases
  • Class actions under FCRA for mortgage lenders offering loans to consumers based on pre-screening of credit reports
  • Multi-district litigation (MDL) arising out of various agreements for loans to construct and develop casino resorts in Las Vegas and Florida
  • Valuation of lease and assets and distribution of holdings in resolution of disputes between founders of successful development company
  • Multiple disputes relating to toxic spills and related degradation of land by long terms leaseholders and sellers of real estate
  • Property insurance investigation and coverage dispute relating to high-value residential real estate
  • Mediated dispute between large residential developers over numerous covenants, contributions and return on investments.
  • Arbitration of various disputes between owner-developer and large lessee of multiple commercial properties
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
  • Fulbright Fellow, Paris, France; Legal Scholar in comparative law
  • Selected Member, The Masters Forum of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University
  • Certified by United Nations in Civilian Personnel of Peace-Keeping, Mediators and Election Monitoring at International Faculty of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, (Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Conflict Management), Pisa, Italy
  • Panelist, AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) ADR Neutral Registry
  • Panelist, Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services, San Francisco
  • Panelist, Bar Association of San Francisco, Qualified Mediator Panel and Trainer of Mediators
  • Member, American Bar Association – Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Member, California Bar Association – Intellectual Property, Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and International Law sections
  • Member, San Francisco Intellectual Property Association; Women’s Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Visiting Professor, University of California Berkeley, American University School of Law, Yerevan, Armenia; University of Paris V Faculty of Law, France; Indonesian State University at Denpasar Law Facility, Intellectual Property, Civil Law, Comparative Law, Dispute Resolution, Media Law and Legal Theory
  • Member, Boards of Directors: Heart-to-Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance; Track Two Center for Diplomacy; the Russian-American Center; Founding Board of the Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, CA; Trustee: Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco, CA
  • Founding Partner, Creative Industry Law, San Francisco
  • Coudert Brothers LLP, 2002-2004
  • Hasse Molesky LLP 1987-2002
  • Steinhart & Falconer LLP, 1984-1986
  • Heller Ehrman, White & McAuliffe LLP, 1982-1984
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), 1982
  • M.A., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Wesleyan University, Highest Honors in Linguistics, 1977
  • On parle francais

Counsel Comments

    • “Thank you Liz. As I mentioned, your preparation and your personal persistence and patience in assisting us get to a resolution…was much appreciated. Thank you again for your efforts.”

      Partner, International Law Firm

    • “I think all the credit goes to Liz on this one.  Without her amazing efforts this would not have happened.”

      International Human Rights Attorney

    • “Thank you for your work on this case and for your thoughtful handling of my client.  I hope to work with you again in the future.”

      –Bay Area Attorney

    • “[Ms. Hasse’s] guidance during the mediation was extremely helpful… look forward to working with [her] again.”

      - Partner, International Law Firm

    • “Signed, sealed, and delivered.  You're my hero, Liz.  Can't thank you enough for your hard work on this.”

      Partner, Bi-coastal Litigation Firm

    • “I wanted to let you know that, with your assistance, we reached an agreement in principle to settle… Your help was invaluable. Thank you very much.”

      New York City Attorney




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