Torsten M. Bassell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Lari-Joni & Bassell, LLP
 | 12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1460
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-803-9088
Fax: 310-803-9084
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Polish,
  • Persian (Farsi),
  • German,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Torsten M. Bassell is a co-founder of Lari-Joni & Bassell, located in Los Angeles, California. Representing clients throughout the state, he focuses his practice on insurance bad faith, contract disputes, and plaintiff's personal injury matters at both the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Bassell received his Bachelor of Arts in English literature from The University of Kansas in 2004. He also has a certificate of studies from Jagiellonian University, which is located in Krakow, Poland, and a certificate of international legal studies from the University of London. Mr. Bassell was awarded his Juris Doctor by Southwestern Law School in 2006. During his career, Mr. Bassell has won numerous notable verdicts and settlements for his clients, and he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has written several articles on personal injury trial tactics for a variety of legal publications.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Bassell has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Trial Lawyer of the Year award given by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He was also recognized in 2011 by the city of Lancaster for his top-level advocacy for consumer rights. Mr. Bassell is fluent in English and German, and he is partially fluent in Polish, Farsi and Spanish. This allows him to more effectively communicate with his many clients. In order to stay abreast of current developments in his practice areas, Mr. Bassell is an active participant in a variety of legal organizations. His memberships include the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Insurance Coverage (20%): Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Bad Faith Insurance

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

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About Torsten Bassell

Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage: http://ljblaw.com/torsten-bassell/

Honors/Awards:

  • Advocacy Commendation for Trial Excellence, City of Lancaster, 2011
  • Oralist Award From Southwestern Law School for Intramural Moot Court Competition, 2005
  • Selected to SuperLawyers® Rising Stars 2012 List (top 2.5% in California)
  • Top 100 Million Dollar Verdicts – The Recorder
  • Rising Star Award Finalist, CAALA, 2016
  • Inaugural ABOTA Sidebar Invitee (Los Angeles Chapter), 2014
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee, CAALA, 2011
  • Finalist at San Diego Defense Lawyers' National Trial Advocacy Competition, 2005
  • Selected to SuperLawyers® 2014 List (top 5% in California)
  • Street Fighter of the Year Award Finalist, CAOC, 2015
  • Top 100 Verdicts Nationally of the Year, National Law Journal, 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum, Invited Member, 2010
  • Southwestern Law School's Mock Trial Team, California Association of Criminal Justice's National Trial Advocacy Competition (CACJ), Head Coach, 2011
  • Selected to SuperLawyers® Rising Stars 2013 List (top 2.5% in California)
  • Los Angeles Magazine (LAMag) – Top Young Lawyers 2012 and 2013
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, CAALA, 2015
  • Associate Rank, ABOTA

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate of Completion of the International Entertainment Law Summer Program at the University of London, 2005
  • Certificate of Polish Studies from Jagiellonian University (Krakow), 2002

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Southwestern Law School Trial Advocacy Honors Program, Advisor

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, Cross-Examining the Accident Reconstruction Expert in Multi-Vehicle, Disputed Liability Cases, Advocate Magazine, 2012

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $3,500,000.00 Jury Verdict - Motorcyclist hit by left-turning driver causing complex left leg fracture
  • Declaratory Relief Judgment - Insurance policy exclusion invalidated and permissive user coverage established
  • $26,255,367.84 Jury Verdict - Described by the National Law Journal as one of the top 100 jury verdicts in the United States in 2014, this verdict arose out of a pedestrian/automobile accident
  • Jury Verdict Increasing Insurance Coverage - Establishing vicarious liability against employer in bifurcated trial, increasing available insurance from $50,000-$5,000,000
  • $1,015,000.00 Jury Verdict - Facial fracture and repair from auto accident
  • $3,890,625.46 Jury Verdict - Auto accident causing injuries to a woman's lumbar spine - Santa Barbara, California
  • $1,000,000.00 Settlement - Policy Limits for a woman with a neck injury arising out of an automobile accident - Los Angeles, California
  • $1,000,000.00 Interest Award (Appeal) - As a result of defeating an appeal by the defendants in a case, the plaintiff ended up receiving an additional $1,000,000.00 in post-judgment interest separate and apart from the underlying jury award - Santa Barbara, California
  • Jury Verdict Defeating Insurer's Release - Established that insurance company's settlement release was counteroffer and not binding contract
  • $1,000,000.00 Settlement - Policy Limits for Back Injury Arising Out of Automobile Accident - San Bernardino, California
  • $500,000.00 Settlement - Vehicular accident causing injury to a woman's foot - Los Angeles, California
  • $1,000,000.00 Settlement - Policy Limits for Tibia/Fibia Fractures Arising Out of Motorcycle Accident - Santa Barbara, California

Educational Background:

  • University of Kansas, B.A. in English, 2004

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • CAALA
  • CAOC
  • SBCBA
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Office Location for Torsten M. Bassell

12400 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1460
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-803-9088

Fax: 310-803-9084

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Last Updated: 9/18/2019

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