|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|
|Ricardez vs. McCorkendale||$3,890,625.46 Jury Verdict|
|Padilla v. Thomas||Reversed and Remanded - New Trial for Client|
|Auto vs. Auto||$1,000,000.00 Settlement|
|See all legal cases|
|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 Univ SOL||Law||Juris Doctorate||2006|
|University of London - International Entertainment Law Summer Program||International Entertainment Law||Certificate of Completion||2005|
|University of Kansas||English Literature||Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Jagiellonian University||Polish||Certificate of Polish Studies||2002|
|TAHP Mock Trial Review||Success in Trial Advocacy||2011|
Posted by Garrett
I was involved in a traffic collision that left me with debilitating injuries. I had multiple injuries that were preventing me from living my life and maintaining my responsibilities. I was very overwhelmed by my injuries and my situation. Enter Torsten. I met Torsten and his associates through a friend of a friend and word of mouth advertising. I explained my situation, and he was very supportive and reassuring from the inception of our professional relationship. Torsten ensured I was comfortable with the process by answering all of my questions and explaining the process, including when I would call him out of the blue when i was freaking out.
Torsten and his team blew my expectations out of the water with their professionalism, competence and quality of service. I was initially surprised by the amount of time Torsten and his partner spent with me. He didn't contact me through an assistant. Instead, Torsten and his parner worked with me directly, and that was the standard throughout the process. The process was three years of medical treatment and constant stress. I had no idea how to manage my stress and anxiety, but Torsten's effective communication and assertive support gave me peace of mind. In a time of pain, disability, confusion, stress, frustration, and fear of the unknown, I had confidence that everything was going to work out because of the time and effort Torsten and company invested in my case and recovery. Not only did he provide exceptional quality of service, he also ensured I received exceptional quality of care from other contacts involved in my recovery.
Thanks to Torsten and his partner, I'm anticipating a full recovery. I also received more than enough compensation to cover all expenses from my incurred costs including imaging, physical therapy, surgery, and more therapy. Torsten delivered! I hope I never have to endure anything like the traffic collision again, but if I do (and if any of my contacts do) I know exactly who to call (or refer my contacts to).
Posted by Dorian
I feel very lucky to have been recommended to Torsten Bassell. When faced with personal tragedy and an overwhelming loss it is difficult to have the energy and know-how to navigate through legal action as well. My case had the additional challenge of working with estranged family members and their counsel. I wanted to make sure my voice was heard and my interests were upheld. Torsten put me at ease immediately. He is very personable and trustworthy and I knew he had my best interests at heart. Mr. Bassell provided the interface and worked well with the other counsel. He handled my case with professionalism and control as well as compassion. He has proven successes in these types of cases and added to that success by achieving the most optimal outcome for my case as well.
Posted by Peter
I was in an accident a few years back and got badly injured. Unfortunately, I made the silly decision of handling my claim with the insurance company myself at first. After the insurance company strung me along for months though, I decided to hire a lawyer and I asked a friend if he knew anybody good. He recommended Torsten and Nicole, who had helped my friend out in the past.
When I called Torsten and Nicole, I wasn't sure what I'd be getting into. I'd never had a lawyer before, but they talked to me about my case on the phone and then we met in person and I felt at ease. They never pushed me to do anything and were happy to meet with me to discuss my case whether I hired them or not. Of course, I ended up retaining them, and I couldn't be happier.
Nicole and Torsten worked so hard for me on my case and ended up filing a lawsuit and battling with the insurance company for about a year in court. Along the way, the insurance company kept tossing BS offers at us and I was getting really frustrated with the entire process. It seemed that the insurance company would never pay me what I deserved.
But Torsten and Nicole kept assuring me that the insurance company would come up with more money and that this was just the game they always played with people's lives. It turns out, they were right. After pushing and pushing through the lawsuit, the insurance company finally gave in and offered me a great settlement a few weeks before trial just as Torsten and Nicole predicted.
Obviously, I'm happy that I got the money I deserved. But I was even happier with who got me the money. Torsten and Nicole were not just my lawyers. They were my friends. They took the time to listen to me and understand my problems and they stood up for me until the end. There were ups and downs for me emotionally throughout the process, and if it weren't for them, I'd probably have broken down completely and taken one of the insurance company's BS offers. In the end, I know I got what I deserved because of Nicole and Torsten. They are wonderful people and made me feel confident that I had great attorneys in my corner.
Richard Collins, Insurance Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
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.
Brian Nelson, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.