J. D. Bashline

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Mr. Bashline joined the Firm in 1980, following Army service as a helicopter pilot, including two combat tours in the Viet Nam conflict. He specialized in complex civil litigation, prior to his retirement in January 2018.

Mr. Bashline's trial experience included such diverse cases as securities fraud claims, including civil RICO issues; employment law claims on behalf of both employers and employees; oil and gas lease disputes; commercial real estate disputes; law and medical partnership breakups; lender liability claims; medical malpractice defense; Oil Spill Recovery Act suits; Jones Act, FELA, and Longshore claims; product liability claims from automotive, agricultural, and aviation equipment; insurance coverage litigation for both insureds and insurers; and, in his early years with the Firm, numerous auto accident, slip and fall, and Workers’ Compensation suits appealing from Board awards. Mr. Bashline also represented clients before American Arbitration Association panels and was a trained mediator.

Additionally, beginning a few months after joining the Firm, and continuously until his retirement, Mr. Bashline maintained a substantial toxic tort and environmental damage practice for clients including Exxon Mobil Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, and Unimin Corporation.

Professional Publications and Presentations

Numerous lecture presentations on trial tactics and substantive issues in proprietary and industry legal seminars, including Harris Martin Publishers (silica related topics); Buckeye Seminars (FELA toxic tort issues; medical aspects of selected diseases), Chemical Manufacturers’ Association (silica trial tactics); Houston Claims Association (Insurance bad faith; various coverage topics); Texas Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (trial tactics).

(Double Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • General Civil Law
  • Railroad Law
  • Toxic Tort Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
713-651-0881 ext. 119  Phone
409-761-0356  Cell Phone
713-651-0882  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pittsburgh and Cameron University, B.A., with honors, 1975
Law School Attended:
Baylor University, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
1980, Texas; 1980, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
•State Bar of Texas
•Houston Bar Association
•Galveston County Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

With USAF, 1961-1964; Military Aviator, U.S. Army, 1966-1977, active Duty; Subsequently Major, USAR, Retired
( Double Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization )
Payment Information:
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  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

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Houston, Texas

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