Mark O. Blankenship

Partner

  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Phone: 806-762-5281
  • Fax: 806-762-3510
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Mark Blankenship

Attorney Profile

Mark has been practicing law in Lubbock and all of West Texas since 1988, and was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1993, the earliest possible date allowed for specialization. Mark has been named a member of the American Board of Trial lawyers (ABOTA), and is AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell Attorney rating service.  He has successfully represented clients in all area of litigation, including the representation of multi-national corporations in multi-million dollar lawsuits.  He currently works in all courts of West Texas, and has tried over 300 cases to successful jury verdict or decision in court cases, arbitrations and administrative trials.  He has extensive experience in general liability lawsuits, including trucking litigation, medical malpractice, construction defect litigation, commercial litigation and work-related injuries.  Mark is married with three children, and was elected to the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees 2012, where he currently serves, and was recently named Trustee of the Year for the State of Texas by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

Areas of Practice

  • General Liability Litigation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Automobile Litigation
  • Non-subscriber (no workers’ compensation)
  • Employer’s Liability
  • Premises Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Defect Litigation

Education

  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, in Trial Advocacy, Texas Tech School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas J.D. – 1988
  • Texas Tech University B.S. – 1985

Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), State Board of Directors, 1998 – 2002
  • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association, President, 1992-1993, Vice President, 1991-1992, Secretary, 1990-1991
  • Lubbock County Bar Association, Treasurer, 1995 – 1996

Community Involvement/Activities

  • Former President, Lubbock, Inc.
  • Former Board Member, Ronald McDonald House
  • Former Board Member, Foundation for Excellence
  • Former Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Three terms as Chairman, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP
  • Leadership Lubbock graduate, 1998
  • Member, Lakeridge United Methodist Church
  • Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees, 2010-Present (current Board Secretary)

Honors/Awards/Distinctions

  • “AV” Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law
  • American Board of Trial Lawyers (ABOTA), Advocate
  • Named School Board Trustee of the Year for the state of Texas, by Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association, 2014
  • Speaker for State Bar of Texas in Advanced Civil Law Trial Course Seminar
  • Lubbock I.S.D. Board of Trustees, 2012 to present
  • Recipient of John Crews Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, by Lubbock County Bar Association
  • Named “Outstanding Young Lawyer” by Lubbock County Bar Association, 1996
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, National Mock Trial Team

Representative Cases/Published works/Seminars

  • Bailey v. Hutchins, 140 S.W. 3d 448 (Tex. App. Amarillo 2004)
  • Davila v. King Mesa, Inc., 1999 WL 33747866 (Tex. App. Eastland 1999)
  • Fidelity and Casualty Co. of New York v. Hailes, 969 S. W. 2nd 123 (Tex. App. El Paso 1998)
  • Gonzales v. Michael Graves, M.D., S.W. 3d, 2004 WL 510898 (Tex. App. Amarillo 2005)
  • In re: Covenant Medical Center, 167 S.W. 3d 919 (Tex. Ap. Amarillo 2005)
  • Teague v. Insurance Company of State of P.A., 144 S. W. 3d 607 (Tex. App. Amarillo 2004)
  • Speaker, 2011, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Trial Course, “Using your Client as an Expert” (Houston, San Antonio and Dallas)
  • Presenter: Getting to Zero(s): The Determination of Responsibility through Comparative Fault, Contribution, Third Party Practice and Settlement Credits, Summer Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Presenter: Liability of Premises Owners and General Contractors to Employees of Independent Contractors, Summer Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • “An Owner of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”, Nursing Home Seminar, Dallas, TX, 2007
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Texas Tech School of Law