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.
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).