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 for over twenty years, and is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico.  He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by TBLS and has been inducted into the prestigious American Board of Trial lawyers (ABOTA). Mark has earned an AV (highest) Rating from his peers through the Martindale Hubbell Attorney rating service, and is  a Top Rated Attorney by Avvo Attorney Rating Service, the top two rating services in the nation.  He has successfully represented companies and individuals in all area of litigation, including the representation of multi-national corporations and insurers.  Mark has tried hundreds of cases to successful jury verdict or final decision in jury trials, arbitrations and administrative trials.  He has extensive experience in general liability lawsuits, including trucking litigation, medical malpractice, construction defect litigation, commercial litigation, oilfield related litigation,  insurance litigation, products liability litigation and work-related injury disputes.  Mark is a past director of TADC and has previously taught Trial Advocacy at Texas Tech University School of Law. Mark has built a reputation of resolving cases that range from  routine to the most novel. Mark and his wife, Kim, have three children.

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