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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

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 25%
    12 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
    12 years, 300 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    12 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 25%
    12 years, 125 cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Richard Thomas Collins

    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

  • Brian Scott Nelson

    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 accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Lari-Joni & Bassell, LLP

12400 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1050
Los Angeles, CA, 90025


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Superlawyers Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Superlawyers Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Commendation for Trial ExcellenceCity of Lancaster2011
1st Place (Head Coach) - National Trial Advocacy CompetitionCalifornia Association of Criminal Justice (CACJ)2011
Trial Lawyer of the Year NomineeConsumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2011
Million Dollar Advocate AwardMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Finalist at the San Diego National Trial Advocacy CompetitionSan Diego Defense Lawyers Association2006
Oralist Award -Intramural Moot Court CompetitionSouthwestern University SOL2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLari-Joni & Bassell, LLP2011 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Torsten M. Bassell2010 - Present
Head Coach in Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP)Southwestern Law School2008 - 2011
AttorneyStoll, Nussbaum & Polakov2007 - 2009
Certified Preliminary Hearing ClerkLos Angeles District Attorneys Office2006 - 2006
Law ClerkMcElfish & Associates2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
CAOCN/A2007 - Present
CAALAN/A2006 - Present
AAJN/A2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Auto vs. Auto$1,000,000.00 Settlement
Ricardez vs. McCorkendale$3,890,625.46 Jury Verdict
Padilla v. ThomasReversed and Remanded - New Trial for Client
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Publication nameTitleDate
CAALA AdvocateCross-Examining the Accident Reconstruction Expert in Multi-Vehicle, Disputed Liability Cases2012
Southwestern NewsTAHP Teams Lead in Competitions2012
Santa Barbara News PressYoung Lawyers Win Momentous Personal Injury Trial2011
Los Angeles Daily JournalA Plaintiffs' Boutique Notches Emotional Win2011
Santa Barbara Lawyer MagazineVerdicts & Decisions2011
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) AdvocateCAALA Annual Installation and Awards Dinner2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of LondonInternational Entertainment LawCertificate of Completion2005
University of KansasEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Jagiellonian UniversityPolishCertificate of Polish Studies2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TAHP Mock Trial ReviewSuccess in Trial Advocacy2011