John G. Bissell

Houston Office
P: 713.210.4366
E: jbissell@strongpipkin.com

John Bissell has tried more than 125 cases to jury verdict over three decades, in state and federal courts. He practiced with Strong Pipkin in Beaumont before opening the firm’s Houston office in 1997.  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Association of Defense counsel. He has tried as lead counsel a broad range of cases including commercial, toxic tort, products liability, premises liability, FELA, railroad crossing accidents, maritime and Jones Act cases.  His experience includes defending companies in cases involving welding consumables, occupational and environmental chemical exposure, asbestos, tobacco, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, tobacco, antitrust, employment and contract matters. 

Primary Practice Areas:

  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Representative Experience:

  • Texas lead counsel for manufacturers of welding consumables in claims of injury from manganese in fumes;
  • Defense of accused seller of chemical/biological weapons in class action Gulf War Syndrome case;
  • Representation of defendant in major fire case involving 25 death and 75 injury claims;
  • Counsel for major oil and chemical companies in joint defenses of benzene and butadiene cases;
  • Regional counsel and numerous trials for target asbestos insulation manufacturer;
  • Successfully defended a major oil company from claims it fraudulently concealed medical conditions from workers with asbestosis;
  • Texas counsel for six affiliated electric power companies in take-or-pay contract case;
  • Counsel for major chemical company in class action claims resulting from foreign industrial disaster;
  • Successful defense of county in federal civil rights action involving unconstitutional strip search;
  • Obtained arson finding in defense of insurer of loss of dwelling;
  • Represented major chemical company in dispute with state over status and tax liabilities associated with conversion of company employees to employees of contractor; and
  • Argued appeals before Texas Court of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Court Admissions

  • All Texas Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for Eastern, Southern, Northern & Western Districts of Texas, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships/Affiliations:

  • Past Director, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Past President, Jefferson County Young Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
    • Past Member Executive Council, Young Lawyers Division; and
    • Past National Chairman-Young Lawyers Division, Disaster Assistance Committee
  • Texas Bar Foundation-Life Fellow
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Education:

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1971
  • Lamar University, BS 1968

Honors and Awards: 

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Fellow: American Bar Foundation
  • Martindale Hubbell AV rated
  • “Texas Super Lawyer”, Texas Monthly magazine (every year since 2006)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2011-2017)
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Litigation - Environmental
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants