Torsten Bassell is a litigation and trial attorney, who is dedicated to recovering just and fair compensation for his clients. Mr. Bassell's practice is primarily concentrated on litigating and trying cases involving personal injury, contract disputes, and/or insurance bad faith.
Mr. Bassell's personal injury practice covers a wide range of cases, including, but not limited to, car accidents, burn injuries, motorcycle injuries, slip/trip and falls, catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, workplace accidents (workers' compensation and third party cases), and wrongful death.
As for Mr. Bassell's contract practice, Mr. Bassell deals primarily in contract disputes that must be litigated or tried, including, but not limited to, cases involving business torts, interference with contract, breach of contract, and interference with prospective economic advantage.
In regard to Mr. Bassell's insurance bad faith practice, Mr. Bassell's practice concentrates on cases involving first party and third party bad faith, breaches of the duty to defend a claim or settle a claim, and the wrongful denial of insurance benefits.
In litigating the foregoing types of cases on behalf of his clients, Mr. Bassell has achieved notable jury verdicts and settlements. In 2011, Mr. Bassell was recognized as a Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Additionally, in 2011, the City of Lancaster awarded Mr. Bassell with a commendation for his excellence in trial advocacy for consumer rights.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Bassell routinely serves as head coach for various law school mock trial teams that compete on a national level. For example, in 2011, Mr. Bassell coached a group of law students from Southwestern Law School to prepare them for the 2011 CACJ National Trial Advocacy Competition. After working with the students for about two months, the team ended up competing and winning the entire competition and obtaining the prestigious Best Advocate award.
In short, whether it is in the classroom or in the courtroom, Mr. Bassell devotes himself entirely to the task at hand. As a result, Mr. Bassell has a proven track record of success in helping his clients obtain fair and just compensation.
Languages spoken: English, German, Farsi, French, Spanish
Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)
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Torsten Bassell is who I would hire if I needed a lawyer. Mr. Bassell earned my respect when I opposed him in a personal injury matter. His client sustained serious injuries. There were multiple defendants and teams of lawyers against him. Mr. Bassell never wavered. He demonstrated a mastery of the legal, technical and medical issues. He has an an unbelievable capacity for the factual details that oftentimes proves to be the decisive factor. He is at all times a zealous advocate for his client, while maintaining a professional civility that earns him the respect of judges and lawyers in the community. I have always believed that the practice of law is a noble profession. Mr. Bassell proves it.
Richard Collins Insurance Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Torsten Bassell is a smart, personable attorney who practices law at the highest level. He is doggedly determined and will fight for his clients to get the best results possible. Torsten is a trial attorney whose preparation and knowledge of the law is always superior to that of his opponents. He is a winner.
Brian Nelson Car Accidents Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superlawyers Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Superlawyers Rising Star||SuperLawyers||2012|
|Commendation for Trial Excellence||City of Lancaster||2011|
|1st Place (Head Coach) - National Trial Advocacy Competition||California Association of Criminal Justice (CACJ)||2011|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee||Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||2011|
|Million Dollar Advocate Award||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2010|
|Finalist at the San Diego National Trial Advocacy Competition||San Diego Defense Lawyers Association||2006|
|Oralist Award -Intramural Moot Court Competition||Southwestern University SOL||2005|
|Partner||Lari-Joni & Bassell, LLP||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Law Offices of Torsten M. Bassell||2010 - Present|
|Head Coach in Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP)||Southwestern Law School||2008 - 2011|
|Attorney||Stoll, Nussbaum & Polakov||2007 - 2009|
|Certified Preliminary Hearing Clerk||Los Angeles District Attorneys Office||2006 - 2006|
|Law Clerk||McElfish & Associates||2006 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|CAOC||N/A||2007 - Present|
|CAALA||N/A||2006 - Present|
|AAJ||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Auto vs. Auto||$1,000,000.00 Settlement|
|Ricardez vs. McCorkendale||$3,890,625.46 Jury Verdict|
|Padilla v. Thomas||Reversed and Remanded - New Trial for Client|
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|CAALA Advocate||Cross-Examining the Accident Reconstruction Expert in Multi-Vehicle, Disputed Liability Cases||2012|
|Southwestern News||TAHP Teams Lead in Competitions||2012|
|Santa Barbara News Press||Young Lawyers Win Momentous Personal Injury Trial||2011|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||A Plaintiffs' Boutique Notches Emotional Win||2011|
|Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine||Verdicts & Decisions||2011|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Advocate||CAALA Annual Installation and Awards Dinner||2011|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of London||International Entertainment Law||Certificate of Completion||2005|
|University of Kansas||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Jagiellonian University||Polish||Certificate of Polish Studies||2002|
|TAHP Mock Trial Review||Success in Trial Advocacy||2011|