Jill M. Hasegawa


 Areas of Practice:


  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Real Property
  • Family Law
  • Collections/Foreclosures


  • J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 2004.
  • B.A., Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1999.


Jill M. Hasegawa

Jill M. Hasegawa is a partner with Ashford & Wriston, having joined the firm in September 2004.

Ms. Hasegawa was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. She focuses her practice on family law, general civil litigation and collections/foreclosure.

Professional Affiliations:

Ms. Hasegawa is a member of the American Bar and Hawai`i State Bar Associations. She was also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Hawai`i in 2004.

Professional Activities:

In June 2008, former Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Moon appointed Ms. Hasegawa as the Vice-Chair of the newly created Hawaii Access to Justice Commission.  She was reappointed to this position in January 2013 by current Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, and continued to serve in that capacity until December 2014, when Ms. Hasegawa’s term on the Commission ended.  In addition to serving as the Vice-Chair of the Commission, Ms. Hasegawa also chaired the Commission’s Annual Report Committee and Legislative Task Force.  Although her term on the Commission has ended, Ms. Hasegawa continues to serve as a member of the Commission’s Administrative Committee and Pro Bono Initiatives Task Force.

Ms. Hasegawa is a past President of the Hawaii State Bar Association's (HSBA) Young Lawyers Division (2008) and served on its Board of Directors (2006-2008).  As part of her responsibilities while serving on the HSBA YLD’s Board of Directors, Ms. Hasegawa coordinated several of the YLD’s public service projects including: Junior Judges, Professionals for Drug Free Kids, and Legal Line.  Ms. Hasegawa is also a past member of the HSBA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  In 2010, she chaired the HSBA’s Elections and Nominating Committee and served her second term on the Hawaii Supreme Court Nominating Committee (2009 and 2010).  Ms. Hasegawa is a member of the HSBA’s Strategic Planning Committee.  In that role, she helped to spearhead the inaugural Leadership Institute Program and has served as the coordinator/ facilitator for the “And Justice for All” program since its inception in 2009.  .

In addition to her participation with her state bar association, Ms. Hasegawa is also active with the American Bar Association (ABA).  She currently serves as an appointed member of the ABA’s Commission on IOLTA, and has served as a member of the nine-person Commission since August 2013.  In addition, Ms. Hasegawa served as the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) Liaison to the Business Law Section from August 2013-September 2015.  For the 2012-2013 year, Ms. Hasegawa served as the ABA YLD’s Conference, Program and Products Director, and was responsible for coordinating and organizing the ABA YLD’s various conference programming and CLE teleconferences.  In 2011-2012, Ms. Hasegawa served as the BA YLD’s Public Service Director, responsible for overseeing and coordinating the various YLD’s public service initiatives.  These include, among others, Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans, the Law Day Video Contest, and Disaster Legal Services.  She also is a current member of the ABA YLD’s Leadership Advisory Board (2010-2013).  From 2008-2010, Ms. Hasegawa served as a District Representative, representing District 33 (Alaska and Hawaii), and as an Assistant Council Coordinator (2009-2010).  In her capacity as ABA YLD District Representative, Ms. Hasegawa was responsible for assisting in the coordination of disaster legal services for Hawaii and Alaska with the ABA YLD and Federal Emergency Management Agency.  During the 2010-2011 bar year, Ms. Hasegawa served as a Vice-Coordinator for the ABA YLD’s National Conference Team.

Ms. Hasegawa currently serves as President of the Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation and also sits on the Board of Directors of Hawaii Women Lawyers.    

Ms. Hasegawa was a lead author for the Real Property section of the 2015 Hawaii Divorce Manual, and has been a guest speaker and lecturer at various workshops and seminars focusing on family law. 

Community Activities:

Ms. Hasegawa is very supportive of and involved with her alma mater. She currently serves as 1st Vice-President/President Elect of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association (UHAA), and previously served in various other capacities with UHAA, including serving as its 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and as a Board Member.  Ms. Hasegawa also previously served as past president of the William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2004-2016.

Ms. Hasegawa is very active in her local community. She served on the Board of the Friends of the East-West Center from 2008-2013, and was a participant with the Friend’s host family program. In addition, Ms. Hasegawa currently serves as a volunteer attorney with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, a volunteer arbitrator with the Hawaii Court Annexed Arbitration Program (CAAP), a volunteer settlement master with the Family Court’s Volunteer Settlement Master (VSM) program, and also is active with the Judiciary's Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) Kid's First Program.

Professional Recognition:

In 2009, Ms. Hasegawa was recognized by Pacific Business News as one of Hawaii's "40 Under 40" top business and community leaders.

In 2010, Ms. Hasegawa was honored by the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division with its Justice Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the ideals of justice. Those contributions include her involvement in pro bono legal services, her active support of legal activities beneficial to society as a whole, and her encouragement of public education on legal issues.

In 2012, Ms. Hasegawa was honored by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division with the Star of the Year Award by the Chair of the ABA YLD, for her exemplary performance of duties in service to the public and the American Bar Association, and in particular, for service as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Public Service Director.

Ms. Hasegawa was again honored in 2013 by the ABA YLD with the Star of the Year Award by the Chair, this time for her service as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Divisions’ Conference Programming and Products Director.

In 2015, Ms. Hasegawa was honored at the 2015 Hawaii Pro Bono Celebration with an Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award by the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) for among other things, her pro bono work with DVAC’s staff attorneys and providing assistance and training on family law matters. 

Reported Cases:

  • Queen Emma Foundation v. Tatibouet, 123 Haw. 500, 236 P.3d 1236 (App. Ct 2010)