John Blaise Gsanger

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John Gsanger is renowned both for high-profile jury verdicts as well as precedent-setting success in the appellate courts, and he has taught lawyers at seminars from coast to coast about trial law from the beginning of a case through to the final victory on appeal. John is passionate about making our highways and products safer for everyone. His nationwide law practice focuses on dangerous products and traffic catastrophes, and his cases have resulted in recalls of defective tires and vehicles as well as national news stories to increase awareness of unsafe seatbelt buckles and other hazardous products.

John is Board Certified® in Personal Injury Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment. Only five percent of all attorneys in Texas are board certified in personal injury law, and fewer still have dual certifications. Within the Texas legal community, Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated and tested special competence in that area of law. John stays current in his fields through regular continuing education and re-certification, which is a requirement of the designation.

In addition, John is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He also maintains an AV® Preeminent™ rating (the highest given) in legal abilities and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell, a legal peer review publication. Thomson Reuters has named him as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2009.

John received his law degree from University of Texas School of Law, where he was editor in chief of the Review of Litigation, editor of the American Law Institute’s Symposium on Complex Litigation, and president of the University Civil Liberties Union. After law school, he studied comparative law at the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. Early in his career, John served as an attorney with the international law firm of Youngstein & Gould in London, England, a briefing intern with Justice (now Senator) John Cornyn at the Texas Supreme Court, and a staff attorney with the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi and Edinburg, Texas.

John currently serves the State Bar of Texas as an author for the Pattern Jury Charge Committee, served the Attorneys Information Exchange Group as National Co-Chairman of the Tire Litigation Group, and served the American Civil Liberties Union as the local Legal Chairman.

John is a frequent teacher, author, and radio talk-show guest on the topics of product safety and the law, and he has been invited to lecture college and professional audiences across the nation. A sample of John’s recent presentations and publications include How to Win Your Appeal at Trial; Tire Litigation Update – Current Trends; Automotive Product Liability Update – Tires, Seat Belts, Airbags, and Crashworthiness; Tip Sheet – The Cross Examination of Experts; The Never Ending Battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way – Putting a Stop Secret Trials and Hidden Evidence; Proving Economic Damages from Injuries.

Past presentations and publications include: Proving and Defeating Privileges; Defective Tire Cases – What to Look for and How to Find It; A Five Year Retrospective on House Bill 4’s Impact on Products Liability; Defective Safety Belt and Dangerous Tire Litigation; Identifying the Products Liability Issues within Car Wreck Cases; Automotive Product Liability Discovery; Supreme Court Update; Winning Cases Before Trial.

John Gsanger has been honored as Boss of the Year by the Corpus Christi Association of Legal Professionals in 2002, with the John Howie Mentorship Award from the Texas Trial Lawyers Association in 2008, and with the Judge Paul W. Nye Professionalism Award by the Corpus Christi Bar Association in 2012. His wife, who is also an appellate attorney, and their three children live in Corpus Christi.

Practice Area

  • Personal Injury – All trials and appeals

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Special Admissions for cases in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee and Utah

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Texas School of Law
  • Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas

Legal/Bar Activity

  • Oversight Committee, Texas Bar Association
  • Contributing author, Pattern Jury Charge Committee
  • National Co-Chairman, Tire Litigation Group
  • Local legal chairman, American Civil Liberties Union

Honors and Awards

  • 2002 Boss of the Year, Corpus Christi Association of Legal Professionals
  • 2008 Recipient, John Howie Mentorship Award, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012 Recipient, Judge Paul W. Nye Professionalism Award, Corpus Christi Bar Association

Recent Published Articles

  • Tire Litigation Update – Current Trends (2013)
  • The Charge and Appellate Issues (2013)
  • Automotive Product Liability Update – Tires, Seat Belts, Airbags, and Crashworthiness (2012) Tip Sheet – The Cross Examination of Experts(2012)
  • The Never Ending Battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way – Putting a Stop Secret Trials and Hidden Evidence (2011)
  • Proving Economic Damages from Injuries (2011)

Past Presentations and Published Articles

  • Effective Cross-Examination of Experts (2010)
  • Proving and Defeating Privileges (2010), Defective Tire Cases – What to Look for and How to Find It (2009)
  • The Charge Conference: Plaintiff and Defendant Perspectives (2009)
  • A Five Year Retrospective on House Bill 4’s Impact on Products Liability(2008)
  • Defective Safety Belt and Dangerous Tire Litigation (2008)
  • The Jury Charge Conference (2007)
  • Identifying the Products Liability Issues within Car Wreck Cases (2006)
  • Preservation of Error (2005)
  • Automotive Product Liability Discovery (2004)
  • Supreme Court Update (2003)
  • Winning Cases before Trial (2002)
  • Top Ten Mandamus Pitfalls (2001)
  • Issues of Professional Responsibility (2000)
  • The New Rules of Civil Discovery (1999)
  • The Courts’ Contempt Powers (1998)