Mark O. Blankenship

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  • 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 thirty years, and is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico.  He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been inducted into the prestigious American Board of Trial lawyers (ABOTA). Mark has earned an AV (highest) Rating as preeminent from his peers through the Martindale Hubbell Attorney rating service, and is a Top Rated Attorney by Avvo Attorney Rating Service, the top two peer 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, and work-related injury disputes. Mark also serves as a certified mediator in cases in his areas of practice.  Mark is a past director of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel 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 in Personal Injury Defense
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Non-subscriber (no workers’ compensation)
  • Employer’s Liability
  • Premises Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Certified Mediator

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas J.D. – 1988 (Board of Barristers; National Mock Trial Team; Phi Alpha Delta)
  • Texas Tech University B.S. – 1985

Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1988
  • New Mexico, 2017
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), previously serving on State Board of Directors
  • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association, past President
  • Lubbock County Bar Association, past Officer

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
  • Leadership Lubbock graduate
  • Member, Lakeridge United Methodist Church
  • Former Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees

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)
  • Named School Board Trustee of the Year for the state of Texas by TCTA
  • Has presented for State Bar of Texas in Advanced Civil Law Trial Course Seminar
  • Recipient of John Crews Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, by Lubbock County Bar Association
  • Named “Outstanding Young Lawyer” by Lubbock County Bar Association
  • 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)
  • Davila v. King Mesa, Inc., 1999 WL 33747866 (Tex. App. Eastland)
  • Fidelity and Casualty Co. of New York v. Hailes, 969 S. W. 2nd 123 (Tex. App. El Paso)
  • Gonzales v. Michael Graves, M.D., S.W. 3d, 2004 WL 510898 (Tex. App. Amarillo)
  • In re: Covenant Medical Center, 167 S.W. 3d 919 (Tex. Ap. Amarillo)
  • Teague v. Insurance Company of State of P.A., 144 S. W. 3d 607 (Tex. App. Amarillo)
  • Speaker,, 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
  • Has worked as Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Texas Tech School of Law