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Torsten M. Bassell

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Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Lari-Joni & Bassell, LLP
11661 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: 877-438-5299
Fax: 310-803-9084
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed in California Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, German, Persian (Farsi), Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Torsten M. Bassell is a co-founder of Lari-Joni & Bassell, located in Los Angeles, California. He is a trial lawyer and appellate attorney, who has secured significant settlements, verdicts, and judgments for his clients in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, insurance bad faith, sexual assault, and contract disputes.

Mr. Bassell grew up in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate education. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with honors, Mr. Bassell moved to California and attended Southwestern Law School. While in law school, Mr. Bassell was accepted into the Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Honors Program, was the recipient of an Oralist Award for the Intramural Moot Court competition, and achieved top placement at a national mock trial competition against law students from all over the country. It was during this time that he developed a deep passion for the law of evidence and set off on a lifelong career as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs. 

Since starting his law practice, Mr. Bassell has tried cases throughout Northern and Southern California. His verdicts have been featured by The Recorder and The National Law Journal as some of the "Top 100 Verdicts" in California and the nation. He is a past finalist for CAALA's Rising Star Award, CAALA's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, and CAOC's Street Fighter of the Year Award. He has been selected by Southern California Super Lawyers every year since his fifth year of practice in 2012, and he has been recognized repeatedly by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Santa Barbara News Press for his work on behalf of consumers. 

As for his reputation within the legal community, Mr. Bassell holds AVVO's top peer-review rating – 10.0 "Superb" – and has been listed in the directory of Ethical Lawyers of America for more than a decade. He also serves as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, which is the largest local bar association of plaintiffs' attorneys in the country with a membership of approximately 3,000.

Mr. Bassell is also a ranked member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, which is an invitation-only organization that limits its membership to those attorneys whose trial experience has been vetted and who exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism in the practice of law.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Insurance Coverage
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

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


9 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

About Torsten M. Bassell

First Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage:


  • $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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Southwestern Law School Trial Advocacy Honors Program, Advisor

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

Educational Background

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


  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Industry Groups

  • AAJ
  • CAOC


  • “Torsten Bassell is the finest lawyer that I know. He is completely devoted to his clients and their cases. When he litigates a case, he fights harder than anyone I know to defeat the other side. Moreover, his knowledge of the law is extensive and unparalleled, and his impressive skill and compassion are nothing less than inspiring. Notwithstanding my own respect for him, Mr. Bassell has continually been recognized by the legal industry for his legal prowess. Among his many achievements, Mr. Bassell has been nominated for CAALA's Trial Lawyer of the Year, received a commendation from the City of Lancaster for trial excellence, is an accepted member of the Million Dollar Advocate forum, and is multiple SuperLawyers Rising Star recipient. Further, Mr. Bassell actively assists the Southwestern Law School's trial advocacy program and recently served as a head coach of the first place team for the national CACJ trial competition. He is also an excellent legal writer, who has been published in CAALA's Advocate Magazine and has also written numerous appeals including a reversal at the appellate level. In sum, Mr. Bassell by any account is a Super Lawyer.”
  • “Excellent lawyer - excellent results.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Torsten M. Bassell

11661 San Vicente Blvd
Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Phone: 877-438-5299

Fax: 310-803-9084

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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