Lambert J. Hassinger, Jr. (“Joe”)

Mediator, Arbitrator & Managing Director

Louisiana & Nationwide

Joe Hassinger is the owner and managing director of maps. He joined the maps mediation and arbitration panels many years ago, and in 2019 acquired the firm from the founding members. Joe has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases across a broad range of practice areas including personal injury, trucking, construction defect, insurance coverage, hurricane and storm claims, first party property, bad faith, UM/UIM, contractual disputes, business breakups, D&O liability, employment and others. Joe also serves as an Umpire or Chair in three-member arbitral tribunals.


Prior to his retirement from the practice of law in 2022, Joe devoted thirty years to trying and litigating cases in state and federal courts representing both plaintiffs and defendants.


Joe frequently presents lectures to law firms and to local and national Bar and industry organizations. He has presented on mediation, negotiation and leadership as an Instructor for the maps Basic and Advanced Training Programs, the CLM Claims College School of Mediation, Loyola Law School and Tulane Law School. Joe also serves as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School for Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy.

Advanced Training


  • Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, LLM Dispute Resolution (completion 2023)
  • maps Advanced Neutral Training: 2013, 2017-2022
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation
    • Negotiation Master Class, November 2021
    • PON Global, February 2021
  • American Bar Association ADR Section
    • Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute – 2022, 2021, 2019
  • International Academy of Mediators
    • Harnessing the Power of the Master Mediator, Fall 2022


Trial Advocacy

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Hastings College of Law Trial Advocacy Program


  • Loyola University: JD (1992)
  • Loyola University: BA (Philosophy)
  • Loyola University: MA (Religious Studies)
  • Loyola University Institute of Politics

Teaching & Leadership

  • Tulane Law School
    • Adjunct Professor, Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy (2020-2022)
  • maps Basic & Advanced Training, Director and Instructor (2019-2022)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Claims College – Executive Committee/Instructor (2019-2022)
    • Certified Litigation Management Professional
  • International Academy of Mediators – Distinguished Fellow
    • The IAM is a professional membership organization consisting of the most successful commercial mediators in the world. The IAM is an invitation-only organization that adheres to the highest practice and ethical qualifications. The IAM is highly respected for its education programs, which include internationally acclaimed speakers and cutting-edge mediation techniques.
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators – Fellow
    • College Fellows are selected for membership by invitation through a comprehensive application process based upon their experience, skill, reputation, ethical standards and commitment to alternative dispute resolution. The College accepts members who have clearly demonstrated years of working in the field at the highest level of achievement. The College has a select membership with approximately 150 mediators nationwide.
    • Judge, Am. Journal of Mediation National Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
  • Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East
    • Elected President of the Board of Commissioners for four terms
    • Appointed to Board of Commissioners, successive terms by two Governors (2013-2021)
  • American Bar Association – ADR Section, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America – Senior Fellow

Peer Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • mass torts/class actions, construction law, construction defect litigation, insurance law, transportation, and product liability (multiple – present)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell® 
  • Top Lawyer, New Orleans Magazine: construction, mass torts, class actions (multiple yrs)
  • Leader in Law, New Orleans CityBusiness 2010, 2014

Most Recent Speaking Engagements


  • Professionalism in Mediation & Arbitration
  • Tulane Law School Trial Advocacy Seminar – Advocacy in Mediation
  • What you need to know about mediating Hurricane Ida Claims (multiple presentations)
  • CLM Claims College, School of Claims Mediation 
  • Social Inflation: The Settlement Landscape Post-Covid
  • Basics of Mediation
  • Principles of Persuasion and Communication
  • Ethics in Claims Handling
  • Managing Difficult Conversations: CLM Annual Conference
  • Mediation and Early Claims Resolution, Claims Conference



  • Management and Mediation of Hurricane Claims
  • Mediation: Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • Negotiation Myths & Maxims
  • So You Want to Be a Rainmaker?
  • How to Take a Deposition
  • How to be a Master Negotiator in Mediation
  • The Impact of Social Media on Claims and Litigation
  • Objection to the Form: Rule, Convenience or Crutch?



  • Introduction to Mediation
  • Virtual Mediation (multiple presentations)
  • Virtual Dispute Resolution During Covid-19 & Beyond
  • Online Dispute Resolution
Bad Faith Litigation, Breach of Contract, Civil Rights, Class Actions, Mass Torts & Multi-District Litigation, Clergy Abuse, Commercial Litigation, Construction Defect, Elder Abuse, Environmental & Toxic Tort, Governmental Liability, Insurance Coverage, Legal Malpractice, Louisiana Arbitrators, Louisiana Mediators, Louisiana Umpires, Medical Malpractice, Mississippi Arbitrators, Mississippi Mediators, Nursing Homes & Assisted Living, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Property, Trucking & Transportation